Written on 16th February 2017 - 2 minutes

Bespoke, off-the-shelf or in between the two?

With multiple options available to organisations in terms of software solutions it can sometimes feel like you have to navigate through a minefield to get the one that is right for you.

From off-the-shelf, to fully bespoke and a mixture of the two it can sometimes be all to easy to base your decision on the wrong factors such as ‘which is cheapest and gets us close to where we need to be?’

One of the key questions to ask to help make the right decision is ‘What tools do I need to help my business run efficiently?’

Answering this question honestly can have a huge impact as it will undoubtedly influence productivity, profitability, your competitive edge and more which, depending on the solution you choose will be for the better or worse.

The benefits of 3 software solutions at a glance

  • Off the shelf – it’s the quickest and easiest but is also capable of causing headaches down the line if you don’t make the choice initially, not for all by any means but it’s really important to know what functionality will be critical and ensure it provides that
  • Bespoke – there’s no question this will provide you with a system that is tailored to your exact needs and removes the need for paying on-going license fees but with that does come the need for maintenance, support and depending on your exact needs can be expensive, until the TCO is reviewed that is.
  • Hybrid – this option can be overlooked but holds the potential to provide the right solution for organisations. By taking an off the shelf solution that provides the majority of functionality you require and then undertaking some bespoke development for the missing pieces it can provide a really cost effective solution for many.

If you’re ready to discover more about these 3 options and which would best suit your organisation talk to us today

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