|Why Customized Software?
If you find that your existing system or software package is no longer sufficiently meeting your needs, it may be time to re-evaluate your current solution. When doing so, be sure to consider a number of possibilities.
Upgrade Existing Software
One of the easiest ways is to simply upgrade your existing software package to the latest version. Many shrink-wrapped applications can offer most of all of the features that you may need. Why would a software development company suggest you buy pre-packaged software? Because that may be the best alternative for you. Helping you in the long-run is more valuable to us than making the "quick buck."
However, if these pre-packaged applications cannot provide your most important features, then developing customized software may be the best alternative. Software customization can be done internally by existing employees or externally by a consultant.
You may already have employees in place who are capable, with the right amount of planning and guidance, of developing the necessary solution. Using in-house employees for development has many advantages.
If you decide that hiring outside contractors to provide your development needs is the best alternative, make sure that you find a consultant who will "teach you to fish" rather than insist on keeping knowledge to him or herself. Do not let consultants come in and sell you the world when all you really needed was a slight enhancement to your existing program.
Often, augmenting your existing application with customized add-ins or enhancements can be a cost-effective solution. Small-scale development has many advantages over Large-scale development.
Although there are circumstances where Large-scale customization is not the appropriate choice, having a developer design and build an application from the ground up means getting the exact features and functionality that you require. It should be considered when:
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