Choosing the appropriate software solution & the best agency for you
Do your research
Whether you have an understanding of different software available or not, the best place to start is research. This is obvious I know, but you should look at all the available off-the-shelf software and relate it back to your requirements (business and user). Also, list a variety of potential agencies and see what their bespoke software packages are, and again, relate this back to your requirements. It is often helpful to get in touch with them, as explaining all of this to an agency can give you the facts you need to know straight away and give you a clearer direction of what route to take.
You could be looking to outsource custom software development offshore, however, remember their advantages and disadvantages for this too. For more information read our thought on offshore, nearshore and onshore outsourcing explained.
The truth about the cost of bespoke software development
In some circumstances, off-the-shelf software can be a perfect solution for your requirements and won’t cost an arm and a leg. However, if bespoke software is the best option for you and your users, the truth is that it has a higher price tag. Especially if you want to do it right with Discovery, UX design and the right team.
With that said, in the long run, bespoke software could hugely outweigh the initial cost by ten times or more, so it’s worth considering.
We understand that this limits many businesses, but nevertheless, there are a variety of ways about how you can fund your software development or app development.
And as mentioned above, bespoke software agencies can cut costs using a hybrid software solution.