In every company’s lifespan, there will be a moment where the decision to create and work on their own proprietary platform, or work on off-the-shelf software solutions. Of course, there are many benefits to developing your own software solution – from longterm costs and unique offerings – but how should a business handle the transition period?
Once you opt for a custom technology platform, there are three things you can do to make the process easier:
1. Be strategic with resources and budget
To be fair, many underestimate the time it takes to not only develop a custom software solution, but also learn, train staff, and adapt to the new platform. Keep this in mind when budgeting and planning, and prepare your budget accordingly for this period. If you’re looking for a quick-fix solution, an off-the-shelf option may be better in the short term while you have your long-term goals set on a custom platform.
2. Determine your mission-critical features.
While custom software can give you access to a ton of bells-and-whistles for your business, don’t get too caught up with adding thousands of unnecessary features. Focus on the things that will truly enhance your business and give you a competitive edge. Over time, you can always add new features when needed if your custom software is built efficiently and with future growth in mind.
3. Build a great development team
Most companies would ideally want an in-house developer or team, but it can be costly and not viable. Thankfully, there are great developers who will work on a freelance, project, or contract basis, allowing you to get professional development services without the hassle and complications of hiring individuals.
Developing a custom technology platform ultimately involves an investment of time, money and patience. While it’s neither quick nor easy, a custom platform can ultimately mean the difference between stagnation and growth.
If you’ve been considering having your own software developed and you’re looking for a team that embodies all these essential factors, then you should give My Online Presence a call. Their team is well-versed in the development process and can help anyone make their digital dream a reality!