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Custom Software Development and How it can save your company money

01/14/2014

The “current trends” in business will forever be tossed in any businesses owners face. From theories such as Six Sigma, to the newest social media craze, it’s hard to decipher what will REALLY benefit your company.  Custom Software Development (CSD) if done properly, is proven to be beneficial for companies big and small. Though it may meet many of your company needs, Traditional Software doesn’t hone in on the specific demands of the user.  This makes for time wasted because tasks are more complicated than they need to be. In order to function efficiently, your company’s software will need to do exactly what you want it to do. Many companies that switch to Custom Software don’t experience a substantial increase in performance as tasks are organized and dealt with quickly and efficiently, saving time, which in turn saves the business money. Custom Software Development will save your company money under one circumstance; it needs to be done properly.  The Standish Group ran a report that gets to the core of what makes custom software development projects successful. After surveying 365 IT executive managers, they came up with three major criteria: user involvement, executive support, and clear requirements.

1. User Involvement – Feedback from those who will actually be using the product should obviously inform its design. Software development is more than just coding – it’s about creating a product that’s usable and useful. No one is a better evaluator of those metrics than the end-user.

2. Executive Support – Getting buy-in from management is equally critical. If leadership doesn’t make your project a priority, it simply won’t get the resources it needs to succeed.

3. Clear Statement of Requirements – Without definite goals, it’s impossible to measure (and therefore to achieve) success. Outlining explicit functional requirements and project objectives at the start lays the foundation for a positive outcome. Proper planning, realistic expectations, and smaller project milestones were found to be the next most important attributes of a successful project. Project management skills like these are absolutely essential when you’re dealing with a resource intensive, long-term project. Once these requirements are met utilizing CSD, you will have a product that meets the precise needs of your company. This is simplified software that has your company running more efficiently, saving time and money. |    References : Cort Buchholz, Sinlgemind, 2013    |



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