Is it for me or just for others?
A few years ago high-quality and custom-made software was the privilege of only large-scale organizations willing to invest towering amounts of resources in their software projects, but fortunately that’s no longer the case. Ranging from individuals to marketing firms and automotive giants, our clients had helped anchor the perception of excellent none-mammoth budget custom software even further into general perception, and demonstrate how you can, should and often times need to reach there as well.
Whether you have in-house technical talent at your disposal or not, we have made software truly make sense for countless cross-sector clients, and for a good reason, even though the first may be more suitable for some.
It’s getting more and more apparent by the day that software is turning into an absolute must for any business to achieve greater operational efficiency, to increase the spectrum of supply, to cut costs, become more relevant to the market and more. The first step to achieve that is data. Comprehend the fundamentals of excellent software development – which is exactly what this article is about -, understand the necessities of your business, share your ideas with your staff, and put all the remaining pieces of the puzzle together- then you are established in an age where client bases cross borders and grow beyond them.
Software for your business or software for your clients?
The great thing about excellence is that there is always demand, which is precisely why the thin line that’s between the answers may not always be so clear. A straight answer may be given flat-out in some cases, but full professionalism is always at utmost priority. You might start for example developing a software / system to improve your business’s overall efficiency and even end up offering it to other businesses, as there are many differences between in-house software and software carried out to your clients.
In addition to just terminology, SaaS or ‘software as a service’ can prove to be extremely lucrative in some cases, but it usually does require a greater deal of both technical and commercial efforts than in-house purposes. The choice between in-house and SaaS depends on one’s business agendas and even capacity to establish a product in the market. In case you and your staff have previous experience in developing and using positively helpful software for your own benefit, you already have invaluable knowledge both of minimizing risks and to minimize them with an SaaS offering, and to discover further straight paths towards creating a product and an ever-important clear edge. Nonetheless, you must always consider all of your options, necessities and capacity before answering the question above, especially when, as previously stated, the border line between the two is not all that clear.
How much to automate?
Hypothetically and even beyond it would be possible to sum up all of your operations on paper or in the form of not always (if not mostly) optimal off-the-shelf “packages” and integrate them into all-inclusive software, but it doesn’t mean you have to do all of these at once. There are portions of your operations which are more structured such as distribution, some are more flexible and not final such as newly developed offerings, a part may be easily translated into software and another may be more difficult, which exactly why prioritizing your project is notably important.
The processes which are easier to automate and digitalize and would stimulatingly provide the greatest benefit from the procedure are the first one you should assign to be incorporated into software, as researching other relevant projects , consider the allocated budget etc are also key aspects of managing a fully advantageous software project. Moreover a small and gradual atomization has even more upsides to it, as it will enable you to learn more about your supplier(s), your capacity to cope with a software project without allocating excessive resources etc, as for you initial project, the smaller its scale (within reason) the better.
What is the overall upside?
The benefits of software are seeded all throughout this article, as cutting costs, expanding operations, reaching more customers, enhancing supply, maximize results, decrease time and increase capacity are just a few of the elements well-written, excellent and spot-on software can contribute to your business. As true professionals, backing up everything mentioned here is a walk in the park, as we know all too well just how much quality work can really benefit our clients.