The benefits of custom software

Comformark develops custom software to match your needs and improve your business systems.

Why use custom software?

Businesses use custom software because their existing systems...

  1. can’t cope with the volume of activity required,
  2. are inefficient or labour intensive,
  3. don’t suit the business processes,
  4. were orphaned when the developer left,
  5. were developed internally and lacked accountability,
  6. couldn’t be developed internally,
  7. were too expensive, or exceeded requirements,
  8. weren’t available off the shelf.

Benefits of custom software

Custom software ...

  1. is specific to the business need and therefore, more efficient,
  2. can be extended and modified whenever necessary,
  3. can be restricted to specific tasks, and therefore easier to learn,
  4. can perform tasks missing from off-the-shelf systems,
  5. can perform tasks your competitors haven't thought of,
  6. can give you a competitive advantage!
Custom software can solve existing problems and give you a competitive advantage!

Cost of custom software

Let’s cut right to the chase! The biggest fear people have of custom software is the cost, and rightly so. There is no way that you can have a custom accounting application built for your business for the same cost that you can purchase Quicken, Solution 6, or MYOB.

The same will be true for most common commercial software categories including point-of-sale systems, warehousing, inventory management, staff management, call centre management, website development. If you’ve evaluated the existing options, or are finding limitations with your existing software, then it’s time to look for alternatives.

The first step when looking for software is to evaluate the off-the-shelf options available.

The hidden costs of existing software

If your existing software is inadequate

You need to consider the cost to your business when your existing systems simply don’t work as well as they should. How much are you losing because your current software is inadequate, in terms of reduced productivity, wasted staff time, unable to perform critical business functions and lost sales due to  unhappy customers?

If you rely on internally developed systems

Most businesses have staff who develop internal systems, most often using spreadsheet software, such as MS Excel or simple databases. At first these systems seem like a great idea and can be a useful temporary solution to software shortcomings. Longer term experience however is often that these systems become too complex to manage, or moreoften, the staff that developed these systems move onto other jobs. Suddenly the business is either missing a vital tool, or using a system with no accountability.

Custom software can quickly pay for itself.

Licencing

Off the shelf software is usually licenced on a per user basis and this can get expensive if you have more than a few users.

Custom Software Licencing

It is extremely important to know what you are entitled to do with the custom software you get developed.

Comformark will make it perfectly clear what your rights are with any software we develop, in a plain English contract.

 

Make sure that you are entitled to the source code if the developer ceases trading.