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Choosing the Right Software for your Business

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In today’s competitive world, whether the size of your business is small or large, the need for choosing the most adequate software is vital for survival. Most businesses find it difficult when deciding whether to opt for custom-built or off-the-self software. There are numerous attributes you need to consider when making strategic decisions around business software. Given their distinct features, it is suggested to analyse, in advance, which software best assists you in measuring business development, improve performance and increase productivity.

Custom-built Software

Custom-built software is the type of software particularly built to fit a business process. It features and accommodates your businesses’ preferences and requirements.

Building bespoke software is frequently considered as expensive when compared to buying off-the-self software. The design and development of a custom software requires the effort of  several professionals, each bringing particular skills such as analysts, programmers and hardware and software specialists, which incur the cost of a bespoke software. Despite the price discrepancy, custom software is tailored to help in your product development. As your business grows you might have to include additional features or departments to the software. Thus, custom-build software is ideal as it is built in a scalable way as it evolves with your company to provide an ongoing perfect fit.  It is more flexible and can be altered and modified based on your business changes.

Off-the-shelf Software

Off-the-shelf software is an open-source solution produced to cater for perceived needs of a particular market or sector. Off-the-shelf software are usually bought against a monthly or yearly subscription fee.

This type of software is often available to implement straight away and is easy to install and use. This facilitates employees to acquaint quicker with the new software. Moreover, frequent updates of off-the-shelf software are usually intended to target new technological advances, incorporating new features and benefits. In addition to that, a trail version is available for most of the off-the-shelf software. This helps you determine whether the software is valuable for your business process.

At MAP IT

We understand that no business is the same. For this reason we acknowledge the requisite of both custom-build and off-the-self software for any type of business. Therefore, apart from providing our MAP.SUITE software, we also offer information technology consultancy, web design and custom software development services to guarantee a software solution which fits your business requirements. Our main objective is to augment our clients’ businesses by accomplishing to their requests.