Custom software development is one of those IT topics like cloud computing or backup and disaster recovery. Business owners and executives might not completely understand all of the details and implications, but they tend to get excited when they hear about the potential applications and business benefits.
As with backup planning and cloud computing, the magic of great custom software – an online resource that connects many inputs or points of information into a single usable tool – can lead to big savings of time and money. But, as with these other technologies, the key is getting the finished product that actually accomplishes what it’s supposed to.
As a veteran web programming team, we’ve seen the ins and outs of this process. In order to help ensure your next custom software development project is a success (especially if it’s your first one), today we are going to give you a few tips on what to look out for. Here are a few things that make for great custom software …
You aren’t going to create custom software for fun, and developing an online application or resources is a big project. So, it’s very important you begin with the right purpose in mind. Have a clear sense of what you and your team hope to accomplish and your programming partner will have a much easier time delivering on your needs.
It’s always a tragedy when a great idea for custom software can’t be brought to fruition. However, it’s easy to have that happen, particularly if you don’t have compatibility between the various tools (like email, forms, online databases, plug-ins, etc.) and the custom software itself. That’s why your choice of programming vendors is so important.
In the same way that your custom software has to work well to serve its purpose, it also needs an easy-to-use interface. Your employees and/or customers shouldn’t feel like it takes them a long time to figure out your custom software, or like they need extensive workarounds. Blending usability with high performance can be a bit of a balancing act, but it’s crucial to the success of your project.
It goes without saying that your custom software needs strong programming. If your development team rushes or isn't thorough enough, you won’t just end up with a product that is bad or works slowly – you could cause crashes and online security headaches for anyone who uses your site.
Below are additional, helpful articles on the subject of custom software development. We encourage you to read through the vast amount of information you can find on the WebRevelation blog.
If you’re ready to move forward with your custom software development project – or just want some clear answers from a team you can trust – now is a great time to schedule a complimentary consultation with WebRevelation. Contact us today. We’ll be happy to give you the information you’re looking for and help take your ideas to the next level!