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Infographic: Off-the-Shelf versus Custom Software

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Should you design your own software solution or can existing tools meet your business needs at a fraction of the cost?

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Technology is a core part of any business these days, and this has led to the boom of software as a service (SaaS) where companies make use of cloud computing to distribute pre-built software to power other businesses. This model makes it easier to automate workflows such as data analytics and boost efficiency.

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On the other end of the spectrum, however, there are businesses that need more horsepower for their platforms, and off-the-shelf software just doesn’t cut it there. To answer this demand, specialised software development agencies create custom solutions that cater to individual company needs and specifications.

Adapting ready-made software can be a cost-effective solution Click To Tweet

If you are a founder who’s looking for something to get you up and running so you can start working on your ideas right away, adapting a ready-made solution can be the best first step, yet as you grow, you may well consider switching to custom-built platforms to host your business, so you have more control over individual features.

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But which is right for you? The choice depends on a number of factors such as cost, compatibility, functionality and flexibility. This infographic by Intelligent Bee breaks down some of those variables to help you make the best decision.

Cost, compatibility, functionality and flexibility are important factors when choosing software Click To Tweet

Off-the-Shelf or Custom Software: What’s Best for Your Business?

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