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Custom software development for inter-modal, logistics, warehousing, ports and airports

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Custom software development for inter-modal, logistics, warehousing, ports and airports

Bespoke Software

We can develop custom-built bespoke software solutions for most industries. If you are sitting in front of your computer wishing that you had a bespoke software package to handle your exact requirements then please contact us for a no-obligation discussion. We will help you find the ideal solution and we are used to making wishes come true.

When it comes to buying software for your business there are generally two choices – bespoke / custom software or an off-the-shelf software package.

bespoke software

Bespoke Software v Off-the-Shelf Software?

Off-the-shelf software is software that is ready to use out of the box. Bespoke software (otherwise known as custom software or tailored software) is software that will be custom-built for a specific purpose by a software development company.

Main advantages of off-the-shelf software:

  • It often costs less than a bespoke software package
  • It is available to buy now without having to wait for any development time

Main disadvantages of off-the-shelf software:

  • It may not be possible to customise the software to your exact needs
  • It may not do everything that you require it to do in the way you would like
  • You often have to adapt your business practices to fit around the software
  • It may be overly complex or have items that are not relevant for your company
  • The same software is available to your competitors, so there is little competitive advantage to be gained

Main advantages of bespoke software:

  • It is custom-built for you and will therefore meet your exact needs and will integrate with your business processes and requirements
  • It is tailored to the way you and your employees are used to working so there will only be a short learning curve
  • Your bespoke software may perform tasks better, such as customer communications, to give you competitive advantage over competitors using other systems
  • As your organisation grows and evolves the bespoke software can be modified in line with your changing needs

The initial level of investment required for a bespoke software solution is often perceived as a disadvantage, however whilst it may mean a larger upfront payment in year one, the organisation will benefit in the longer term through improved efficiency and productivity and without the need to train staff in new working practices.

Having a bespoke software solution custom-built for you means that it will meet your exact needs and will have been developed around the way your business operates.

Bespoke Software v Off-the-Shelf Software?

Off-the-shelf software is software that is ready to use out of the box. Bespoke software (otherwise known as custom software or tailored software) is software that will be custom-built for a specific purpose by a software development company.

Main advantages of off-the-shelf software:

  • It often costs less than a bespoke software package
  • It is available to buy now without having to wait for any development time

Main disadvantages of off-the-shelf software:

  • It may not be possible to customise the software to your exact needs
  • It may not do everything that you require it to do in the way you would like
  • You often have to adapt your business practices to fit around the software
  • It may be overly complex or have items that are not relevant for your company
  • The same software is available to your competitors, so there is little competitive advantage to be gained

Main advantages of bespoke software:

  • It is custom-built for you and will therefore meet your exact needs and will integrate with your business processes and requirements
  • It is tailored to the way you and your employees are used to working so there will only be a short learning curve
  • Your bespoke software may perform tasks better, such as customer communications, to give you competitive advantage over competitors using other systems
  • As your organisation grows and evolves the bespoke software can be modified in line with your changing needs

The initial level of investment required for a bespoke software solution is often perceived as a disadvantage, however whilst it may mean a larger upfront payment in year one, the organisation will benefit in the longer term through improved efficiency and productivity and without the need to train staff in new working practices.

Having a bespoke software solution custom-built for you means that it will meet your exact needs and will have been developed around the way your business operates.