What is custom software?
Now, I know that you can go out and buy QuickBooks (or
some other such program) and get modules for Order Entry, Inventory,
Invoicing, etc. And while they all allow for some customization, you
quickly find out that most of the changes you make are to your
operations to make them conform with the program requirements!
Custom software is simply software that has been designed
specifically for your company. It works the way you work, and uses
the same terminology you use.
I really prefer to call it
"Custom Software Solutions", since it is much more than just
automating your current procedures. The entire process consists of
evaluating how you operate, to suggest the best possible combination
of hardware and software.
For example, I was designing an
Order Entry and Production application for a new customer. Their old
system would print a day's Shipping Labels (4 to a sheet), which
were then manually cut and matched to a work order. I suggested
attaching a label printer to the PC in Packing/Shipping. Now when
they scan the barcode for a finished Work Order, the Shipping Label
will automatically print. Simple? Yes. Obvious? Maybe, but I bet
that no off-the-shelf software would have come up with that
What about costs?
Is custom software more expensive than
off-the-shelf software? Yes it is. But you are paying
for exactly what you want, and you aren't paying for
options and features you don't want or can't even use.
The client I mentioned above figures he paid for
his software in 6 months! Now, I can't promise everyone
will have such an immediate payback, but I believe you
will start seeing tangible benefits in increased
productivity and/or reduced operating expenses.
Generally I will produce a fixed-price quote for
your application. This way you know going in what the
cost will be; no surprises, no hidden fees.
While I have worked on alot of different
applications over the years, my most recent Access
Invoicing and Receivables
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