One of the most common questions people ask is, "How Can
Custom Developed Software Be Competitive with off-the Shelf Software.
The answer is this:
put, off-the shelf software is like a Full Function Multi-Knife with 30 different tools. While each tool is
rather limited, however, works
well. The focus of the tool is to provide the broadest range of
function to meet all user requirements, and in a pinch, it may
get the job done. However, the performance of the multi-tool
screwdriver is not comparable to
a stand alone good quality screwdriver, and the small saw
blade is a long cry from a chain
Custom Software is a tool specifically developed for your
organization's needs. It provides the exact required functionality
and level of performance.
The following provides an insight into why custom
software is a superior choice for your business applications.
Software Development Frameworks
Software Development has evolved at
an incredible pace over the past several years owing
in large part to the development of sophisticated
software frameworks, such as Microsoft's .NET
Today, application can be coded in a
broad range of languages, all making equal use of the
power of the Framework (C++.NET, Visual Basic.NET,
Most importantly, such
software can now be written in a fraction of the time as compared to
a similar application written just 3 years ago.
The Framework enables software developers to
write code which is far more stable, expandable and non-proprietary
in nature meaning that not only do you receive a functional
application, but you also receive and own the source code.
Your software - No License Required
Software Licensing is a key cost consideration.
Many applications require annual licensing, and per user
licensing. You pay for years, and have no physical ownership to
show for it. Many licensing schemes do not even permit
resale of software licenses. Custom application from ExRAD
are your organizations property and its assets.
Custom Applications provide exactly the
functionality you require and provide the functionality
exactly as per your requirements.
Database Driven Applications
Custom Applications powered by
databases such as Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or Oracle
provide the ideal means of data storage from which your
entire organization can share data. From invoicing, to
sales leads, a properly designed Database can literally
transform the way your organization understands and
utilizes its business information.
Application data can be accessed through a
broad array of common software including MS Word, Excel,
PowerPoint. Imagine the power of incorporating your live
business data into invoices, reports, presentations, or
sales literature. Anyone in your organization with a basic
knowledge of MS Office products can do it.
The benefits of the .NET Framework are
multiplied when used along side a host of ""RAD"
(Rapid Application Development) software
RAD tools enable software developers to focus on the
application's function, rather than on coding details and syntax
further improving software performance, reliability and empowering
development of future functions and utilities.
Browser Based Applications
The .NET Framework enables software developers
to write applications which operate through a browser client (ASP.NET
pages), as easily as through use of a Windows Client
(conventional software which runs on a PC).
The application can be run from any location and any
computer that has a connection to the application (LAN or WEB
connection). Besides increased accessibility, this also means
that the application does not need to be physically installed on
each client computer. Your sales staff will be able to access
corporate data from anywhere in the world.
Ease of Use
Probably one of the most important reasons for
custom developing applications is the simplicity for users. Why
learn a complex Business Management application when all you need to
do is file a purchase order. Simplicity improves productivity
and reduces costs. Most importantly, it permits employees to focus
their attention to the job at hand rather than learning and battling
Applications can be written to show users only
features and functions relevant to their work. Nothing more and
nothing less. Define users by different categories (i.e. "Users",
"Managers", "Administrators" or maybe Production, Sales and
Management). Each group can be presented with on-screen tools and
options specific for that user even when viewing the exact same page
of the application.
In summary, today, small to medium size companies can benefit from
custom designed applications. No longer is off-the shelf software the
only route. No longer do companies have to settle for someone else's
ideas of functionality and processes. Custom software provides the exact
functionality which your organization needs and provides expandability
for the future.
Contact us to see how your organization can benefit.