You already know that velvetech has been developing custom software for companies for years being a Custom Software Development Company, therefore, in this post today here is some advice to those who are considering developing a custom application to cover any management need in your company:
1– Before deciding on custom software, think about it and investigate, as perhaps there is already a solution on the market that suits your needs. It’s a good idea to survey the market first and evaluate finished software packages that might solve all or part of the problem.
2– The companies that develop custom software have a library of functional “modules” or “solutions” that in their day were made to measure for a client but that now, already finished, you can use to reduce cost, time and errors in custom developments for other clients. Ask the provider to show you these “solutions” since, today, 80% of the software is reusable and the more custom projects a company does, the more extensive its “functional capital” is to undertake new projects.
3- It is important to appoint a single project manager in your company with sufficient authority to make decisions in the project and communicate them to the company that develops the software. There is nothing worse than four people saying what they want to do and how to do it.
4- The supplier companies must present a functional prototype to allow the client to have contact with the screens and the appearance of the new application. In this way, he can communicate important details and be aware of the evolution of the prototype, which will improve little by little until the final result is obtained.
5– Obviously a program is part of an ecosystem along with other programs such as company invoicing, accounting, office automation, payroll, CRM, warehouse, switchboard software, business Intelligence tools or the file. All of these programs can communicate through interfaces.
6– A custom development is never finished: they must be modified and improved periodically by the client to adapt to changes in the organization, be functionally polished and not become obsolete.