Businesses prefer custom software development;7 reasons why?
• Published in Technology
•Aug 08, 2022
•3 mins read
The majority of our clients have been debating whether to build or buy by the time we are in the same room. They typically reach this conclusion after conducting a thorough search: construct. They looked at what was on the market already, decided they didn’t like it, and hired us to create something special.
Asking them why they want to build what they are building is still part of our organizational culture. We’re dedicated to achieving goals in the most intelligent way possible, so it’s not unusual for us to suggest changes to teams’ original builds.
THE QUESTIONS WE ASK TO HELP MAKE A BUILD VS BUY DECISION
Want to hear what immence discovery sounds like in advance? These are all the queries we ask ourselves or a client while deciding whether to build or buy. The end goal for both is for everyone to utilize and adore it. Here is how we begin to determine which is the greatest choice.
Need and result
Will a tailored solution provide you a competitive edge?
Is deep customization really necessary?
Is this addressing a small but urgent set of problems, or is there a plan for it to grow to cover a bigger and larger range of company needs? (For instance, will this initially only be a manufacturing calendar or will it eventually be a complete ERP?)
Is there a demand or market for this tool outside of your company? Would it make sense to license it to others or turn it into a SaaS product if it is successful in your organization?
I know this one should be apparent, but does this solution already exist? Have any commercially available solutions been tried out or piloted to meet the business need? If so, what went wrong with those?
Is this a long-term problem with a long-term fix for your company?
How often do you expect the features and business needs to change?
Exist any low-tech methods to validate the fundamental presumptions underlying this investment? A digital transformation of an existing analogue or low-tech process is advantageous.
Internal assets and assistance
Are there commercial objectives and distinct success criteria for this investment that will allow you to defend the expense, time, and internal man hours required?
Is there widespread agreement/buy-in inside the organization among leadership/decision-makers and target users that this is a high priority need?
Exists a user adoption/change management plan? What hazards can be anticipated?
Are there any internal resources that are knowledgeable about software development? Making sound strategic judgments is made much easier with this (which is not always necessary).
How urgent is the situation?
How long does it take to install the current solution versus creating a V1 from scratch? Off the shelf products might not be ideal, but they might be accessible right now.
Although it won’t be flawless either, your V1 will be accessible sooner than V2.
How do the yearly prices for use and support continue to vary? Consider the ongoing costs of both an off-the-shelf alternative and the hosting and maintenance of a custom designed app.
How do the costs of the existing solutions’ deployment (implementation/customization) compare to those of the custom-built solutions?
From our perspective, we adore both ready-made solutions and the software we build.
Build or buy? is a question that has no one correct response. Correctness depends on the circumstances. In our opinion, what counts is that your team uses software that is beneficial to you. You should like using the software since it should be simple to use and practical. It must be well-supported and on budget. We don’t give much thought to the how, whether we develop it ourselves or assist you in finding it. Connect with leading consultants!