What to do when off-the-shelf-solutions don’t cut it?
When it comes to business technology, the expression, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” shouldn’t apply. For instance, we’ve worked with folks who ran key business processes for years from spreadsheet applications or outdated databases. Technically, it wasn’t broken, but it sure was holding their businesses back.
Off-the-shelf business software can help run your business, as long as you are willing to adapt to it, and accept the limitations it imposes. Because it was made to work for many different kinds of customers, it might not work perfectly for you. The people who write these applications may know something about your industry, but they can’t deliver the power and productivity of a custom developed software application made to suit specifically for you and your business.
When is the right time to contact a developer?
Gaining an outsider’s perspective on how the right software can address your business challenges can be valuable, but be careful not to begin without a well considered analysis of your situation and the results your development partner will be expected to deliver.
Here the first step is an intensive discovery process that helps us understand your business, your goals and your challenges. Quite often, in fact, a client will tell us that this process gave them a greater understanding of their business than they had before.
Sometimes what we end up building is more or less exactly what our client had in mind from the outset. Other times, collaborating with a client results in a solution that is very different from what they first imagined. In every case, we deliver custom business software built specifically to help one unique business—your business—do things it was never capable of doing before.
Where do I start if I don’t even know what’s possible?
Automate, orchestrate, coordinate or transform – in the world of custom software, the possibilities are endless, as long as your development partner is focused on business results over cutting edge technology. One risk, however is that you partner with a development partner who doesn’t take the time to fully understand the business issues you are facing.
From automating the creation of critical business documents, to supporting a nationwide team of field sales reps, the apps we build can help businesses grow and transform beyond what they ever imagined: