Why Are Software Design & Planning So Important?
When you purchase software for your company you have two choices: custom software and packaged software. Purchasing software is much like purchasing a suit. The custom software is like a tailored suit. It is built to your specifications and needs. Conversely, packaged software is like buying suit off the rack – one size fits all – everyone gets the same features.
So, what are the benefits of choosing custom software. Software should be designed specifically for your business rather than one-size-fits-all.
Your business is not like any other business. In business and software development there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all. Sure, there is quality packaged software, but only with custom software development can you ensure that your software will meet the needs of your specific business operations and processes. Software that is customized or designed for you can run the gamut from the very complex to intuitive.
Big data provides a wealth of possibilities that can make a difference in the growth of your business. You could become overwhelmed by those possibilities or you can choose business processes that will allow you to easily capture data, share it, and analyze it to make better strategic decisions. Software development begins with the software planning. A software development cycle begins by assessing the scope of the project, planning how it will be developed, tested and maintained.
After assessing the scope of the project – who will use the system, what the end-user will want to achieve, what data will be required for both input and output – the planning stage begins. Remember the tailored suit we spoke of earlier? Software planning is just as important in software design as it is in fitting the tailored suit to your body. You wouldn’t buy a tailored suit that had not been properly measured to fit. You also shouldn’t buy software that has not been planned and designed correctly. Make sure that you understand the requirements, time frames, costs, and resources needed for any project.
Your business systems and processes should maximize employee efficiency and profitability. Happy employees are more efficient and thus make your business more profitable. This can be accomplished by choosing the right equipment and technologies to help them do their jobs and improve your business operations. Assess the equipment your business currently uses. Is it efficient? By replacing outdated equipment with more efficient equipment you can increase productivity and reduce costly errors.
Replacing legacy software or technologies with current custom software including web-based applications and production management tools, such as Microsoft ASP.NET & SQL Server can improve your business operations.
Technology has changed the way you do business. The days of paper documents are gone. Web-based technologies can reduce costs and increase efficiency. You and your employees can access web-based technologies and production management tools from any device and location with an internet connection. Everything that you do from client projects to calendars to tracking time can be done with web-based production management tools customized for your business. You can save a lot of time by automating those tasks you do repeatedly over the course of a day, week, or month. You can increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability by simply choosing custom software suited and designed for your business operations.
As your business grows it will require a “new suit”. While the packaged software you are currently using may have been a perfect fit in the beginning, it will not grow or scale with the changing needs of your company. A software development company can create custom software solution that is scalable - that will change and grow with your company.
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