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Benefits of Mobile Application Custom Software Development

July 15, 2020
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At Ayoka Systems, we offer custom software solutions for businesses across a wide range of industries. From healthcare to manufacturing, we do it all. In the past decade, mobile apps have grown exponentially. More and more businesses are taking advantage of how mobile apps make processes more efficient and effective. At Ayoka Systems, our number-one goal is to help you deliver the highest level of customer service through customized software experiences. We provide you much more than an out-of-the-box mobile application. We truly cater mobile apps to the specific needs of your business. Read on to learn more about mobile application development and the benefits of apps in several different industries.

iOS, Windows, and Android Apps

One of our first steps in developing a custom software mobile app for your business is sitting down with employees and discussing what is needed from the app. The first order of business is determining whether the app will run on iOS, Windows, or Android. This largely depends on the devices the company is already using, as it is costly to buy all new devices.

When it comes to mobile apps, iOS has a large influence on the app world. At Ayoka, we can create native iOS applications for your business. This is much more efficient than a web application, as it allows the app to run in tandem with the device. Did you know that industry leaders have reported saving an average of 42 minutes per employee each day by using applications?

Windows is another platform that supports custom apps. Between the Windows phone and the Surface tablet, there are several options when it comes to devices that support Windows. As we develop your custom mobile app, we can also integrate the app with your existing Windows products like SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, and Exchange Server.

Last but not least, we can develop custom mobile apps for Android devices. The business world is currently utilizing Android as an Apple alternative. We can create apps for Android that help your business with things like task and personnel management.

Overall, custom mobile apps can save you time and money and cut the need for excess labor costs. You let us know what you want your mobile app to do, and we will make it happen!

Custom Software in Healthcare with Mobile Apps

When it comes to healthcare, mobile apps provide medical practices and hospitals with a lot of benefits. First, mobile apps can be helpful to practitioners. It gives doctors and nurses an easy way to access things like images, medical histories, billing information, and more. Everything is done at the touch of a finger. You no longer have to drag heavy laptops into the room when you see your patients. Use a mobile device instead! Your patients will appreciate how quickly you pull up all their information in one spot. Gone are the days where you have to sift through a paper file to gain more information about a patient!

Mobile apps can also be used to help patients live a healthy lifestyle. We can help your business provide patients with apps that track fitness, provide medical references, monitor prescriptions, and more. These apps help your patients stay healthy and keep track of their medications and next appointments. Your patients will love having access to these apps from their own devices.

Anything related to patients in the medical world needs to be extremely secure. HIPAA and the FDA have rules about making sure patient confidentiality is maintained through mobile applications. At Ayoka Systems, we create apps that are secure and comply with federal regulations in regard to patient confidentiality. Our process begins with meeting with healthcare providers to figure out what is needed from the mobile app. Once we have a clear goal and objective, development begins!

Manufacturing Apps

Mobile applications are extremely useful in the manufacturing world. When used correctly, they can improve productivity and increase revenues while streamlining operations and decreasing production costs. In addition, they can enhance relationships with customers, dealers, and wholesalers. Overall, mobile apps can greatly improve supply chain management. Here are some ways the manufacturing industry is currently using mobile apps to improve their processes:

  • CRM used by sales teams
  • Access to critical information without being anchored to workstations
  • Resolve problems on the shop floor
  • Locate inventory
  • Update important information in real time and on-location

Data shows that 7 out of 10 manufacturers are looking to use mobile and wireless solutions to help streamline operations. At Ayoka Systems, we are ready to help your business save time and money and improve processes through a custom mobile app.

Industrial Apps

We have also developed apps for industrial businesses such as oil, gas, farming, and factory equipment manufacturers. As machinery becomes more automated, it is necessary to keep the software current. Mobile devices will give your industrial business immediate access to controlling these machines, whether you are 5 feet away or 500 miles away. Our apps help increase productivity by improving daily processes like organizing work orders, keeping track of the inventory database, and controlling shipping. All of this can be done from one single app. No longer do you have to worry about having different apps and websites for inventory, shipping, work orders, barcode scanning, and more. With a custom software mobile app, everything you do will all be located in one place. The mobile app can also decrease the chance of data loss.

Custom Software and Mobile Applications  Are the Way to Go!

At Ayoka Systems, we believe custom software is the answer to increasing revenue and decreasing costs while improving customer service. A mobile app is a flexible way to control many day-to-day processes from a lightweight handheld device. Whether you are a doctor or a factory worker, mobile apps are helpful across all industries. At Ayoka Systems, we specialize in creating custom mobile applications that are unique to your company’s needs. We can work with iOS, Windows, and Android, and we can integrate the app with your pre-existing systems. For more information on the benefits of mobile apps and the development process, contact Ayoka Systems today.

Custom Software Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

June 9, 2020
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Custom software is beneficial for healthcare providers as it makes them more efficient and effective and better able to care for patients.

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When it comes to software, apps, and web development, custom is the way to go. In the healthcare industry, it is important that systems are secure, efficient, and aim to help give patients the best care possible. A custom software solution gives doctors’ offices, hospitals, and other medical care facilities the ability to perform processes that are specific to their needs. At Ayoka Systems, we have worked on many projects in the healthcare industry. Read on to learn about some of the services we can provide to help your processes become more customized and more efficient.

Custom Software Development

Did you know that it is estimated to cost twice as much to store paper medical records versus storing them electronically? Many medical providers are still stuck in the past and using paper records. At Ayoka Systems, we develop software for medical providers so that patient medical records can be stored electronically. In addition, we provide software to help in the following areas:

  • Practice management
  • Billing
  • Payroll
  • Human resources automation

When it comes to the healthcare industry, privacy and security are vital since records contain personal health information. At Ayoka, we are very familiar with HIPAA standards and how they relate to custom software.

Medical App Development

App-based technology is helpful for both medical providers and patients. The apps can be web- or mobile-based, depending on your needs. One current development that many medical providers are taking advantage of is telemedicine. During the global pandemic, many patients are hesitant to go see their doctors as they normally would for fear of contracting the virus. Telemedicine apps allow doctors and patients to meet virtually in a secure way. Telemedicine is here to stay! Many providers are interested in keeping telemedicine options even when the pandemic is over.

Another way apps can be used in the medical office is to make clinical decisions. Custom apps can help doctors make care decisions based on symptoms. Apps can also be used to collect and analyze many different types of data. In addition, apps can be very useful for patients. Education and self-care apps help patients learn about what they can do at home to stay healthy. This app could be an exercise tracker, or one that gives daily health tips on topics like sleep and nutrition. Your patients will appreciate having access to these resources from their own devices at home. Apps are also helpful when it comes to appointment scheduling. At the end of the appointment, providers quickly schedule a follow-up through the app, reducing the work that the receptionists will need to do. At Ayoka Systems, we want to hear how an app could help your practice. Share with us your ideas and we will help them become a reality.

Accountable Care Solutions

When it comes to medical care, the fee-for-service model does not encourage providers to reduce overall spending. On the other hand, if providers are penalized for recommending costly services to patients, then the healthcare of patients could suffer. The goal of Accountable Care Solutions (ACOs) is to help patients get the best health outcome per dollar spent. The ACO software helps providers reduce quality errors, improves their guidance for differential diagnoses, and creates an overall operational improvement. Here are some things ACO software can do:

  • Manage prescriptions and administration of medications more effectively
  • Discourage providers from giving tests that will have no effect on treatment regardless of findings
  • More streamlined workflow
  • Better utilizes resources

Cognitive Health Custom Software Development

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Cognitive testing is very important in the senior population. It helps providers understand if a patient has a disease like Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other forms of memory loss. There is a lack of standardized control when it comes to cognitive testing. At Ayoka, we create software and apps that help providers deliver tests and record results. The process is quick, easy, standardized, and enables providers to easily analyze data. Perhaps the best benefit of all is that it can help with early detection of memory issues in patients.

Healthcare Web Development

In the healthcare industry, it is essential to take a step beyond simply having electronic patient records at the office. Having a strong web-based system gives providers the opportunity to provide real-time communication, patient online resources, insurance/billing management, patient surveys, health apps, healthcare staff training modules, and more! At Ayoka Systems, we make sure that when it comes to healthcare web development, our solutions are flexible and curated to your needs. As with other aspects of your practice, we also ensure that any of your web-based programs are HIPAA-compliant.

Electronic Medical Claims

When medical providers file electronic claims, they must be in compliance with Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) 837 Standard. This ensures that medical providers are staying compliant with HIPAA rules and regulations. At Ayoka Systems, we understand how this system must comply with HIPAA. We also know that HIPAA standards change over time, so the software must be adaptable. We develop a smart client solution for EDI processing. The system is beneficial for medical providers because it is extremely customizable. The systems also have offline capability, so that it will still work even if the network connection is down. The web-based electronic medical records can be supported across various platforms and have data encryption to ensure privacy.

As a medical provider, it is time to consider custom software. At Ayoka Systems, we have a lot of experience customizing software for the healthcare industry. We can help your practice implement things like apps, web-based programs, accountable care solutions, cognitive testing software, and more. Our goal is to make providers more efficient and effective, because in the long run this will keep patients happier and healthier. For more information about the healthcare services we provide, contact us today.

 

Custom Software: What New Managers Need to Know

May 12, 2020
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Switching to custom software is a big decision but one that will pay off in the long run. Read on to learn what managers should know about the switch.

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Switching to custom software is a great business decision. It will help make your business overall much more effective and efficient. Working with off-the-shelf software can be frustrating. Often it does not fit exactly with your company’s needs. This is where custom software comes into play. It is built from the ground up. The software is designed to fit your company’s mission, vision, and overall goals. If you are a new manager seeking change by transitioning to custom software, there are some things you need to know. Read on to learn more about switching to a custom software platform.

Budget

The first thing managers should consider when switching to custom software is the budget. At Ayoka Systems, we are focused on creating custom software for your business that is within your budget. Keep in mind, custom software is generally a greater investment than off-the-shelf software. Despite the initial higher investment, many businesses that use custom software see a reduction in costs and a high return on investment. Discuss your budget with Ayoka, and we will help you find a solution that is cost-effective for you.

Industry-Specific Custom Software

The most important thing to know about custom software from Ayoka Systems is that it is industry-specific. We have clients across all sorts of industries, including retail, manufacturing, healthcare, financial, e-government, and transportation. This allows us to understand what types of software are needed based on the day-to-day processes and operations specific to each industry. We want to work with you to figure out what you need from the software. Since the software is built from the ground up, we can focus on what works and is needed in your specific industry.

Improves Processes

Another thing for managers to be aware of is that custom software will greatly improve operations. While this is a good thing, it will require the manager to think about how things will change with the new processes. Employees will be able to do tasks a lot faster, meaning they will have free time to work on other tasks. The custom software route may cause managers to reallocate work differently. It can also allow managers to assign staff to different roles. Processes such as customer orders or returns can now be customized exactly to your liking instead of trying to modify an off-the-shelf system. In addition, the software can produce reports in a timely manner. Instead of an employee having to pull together data by piecemeal, the software can produce reports with the exact information you need – instantly.

Realistic Completion Time

Another issue that management needs to be aware of is the realistic completion time of switching to custom software. Managers should understand that changes made along the way could delay the timeline. In addition, it is essential that the software is not rolled out too soon. It needs to be thoroughly tested. All bugs need to be addressed before it goes live. There is a fine line between releasing it too early and waiting too long. At Ayoka Systems, we help you to find that balance so you can roll your software out at the perfect time.

Employee Training

As with any new system or cultural change, employee training will be necessary. Managers should set aside time dedicated to training employees on the new software. All employees interacting with the software should attend the training sessions. In addition, employees should understand their specific responsibilities when interacting with the software. The better they are trained, the easier the rollout of the new software will be.

Cross-Platform Compatibility

Managers also need to consider cross-platform compatibility when implementing new software. This has to do with how the new software will integrate and communicate with preexisting software. Before the software design process begins, share any cross-platform compatibility needs with Ayoka Systems. This will be very helpful to know as we design the software to work effectively in your business.

Custom Software Mobile Use

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In today’s digital age, many companies are using mobile devices. Mobile devices help the company run more smoothly. Mobile devices include phones and tablets, so the software should work on these devices. Before the software development phase begins, have a discussion with Ayoka about what types of software you need for mobile devices.

Relationship with A Custom Software Development Firm

Using custom software for your business can come with a lot of questions. Ayoka understands that implementing new software is a process. We want managers to rest assured that our team is here to help. Even after delivery, we are available to make changes, provide support, and continuously develop the software. We are more than happy to help support you every step of the way.

Switching to custom software is a big step for a company to take. Not only will it change the culture of your business, but it will also make processes much more effective and efficient. As a manager, there are some important things to think about during this transition to custom software.

Managers need to set a budget for the software development process. They should also brainstorm what they want the software to do. In addition, managers should understand how long software development will take and create a staff training plan based on that timeline. It is also important to think about potential cross-platform integration needs. Also, consider whether or not you need the software to work on mobile devices. Last but not least, Ayoka Systems wants managers to know that we are here to support them in this custom software journey every step of the way. From planning to development to implementation and beyond, we want to help create high-quality software by providing top-notch support. For more information about our custom software services, contact Ayoka Systems today.

 

 

What Does the CBD Boom Mean for Custom Software?

December 23, 2019
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CBD products are everywhere. From specialized shops on every corner to pharmacies and even grocery stores, you can find CBD products on virtually every block. Those products are selling well, too. There’s a reason why these businesses are cropping up everywhere. Why the sales explosion? CBD only recently became legal across the US. Between the novelty of the products and the perceived health benefits, people want to buy it for themselves. Plus, CBD is versatile. You can find it in everything from tinctures to bath bombs. As you can imagine, this CBD boom has had a big impact on custom software. 

Agriculture Software 

Of course, agriculture has seen some of the biggest impact. The agriculture industry is seeking custom software options to keep up with the demand for CBD. CBD growers need software that can keep up with the recent market boom, and custom software is often the only option that can effectively do that. With customization comes scalability, and with the CBD market continuing to grow, scalability is essential. 

Intelligence and Analytics 

Next, the CBD boom has made a huge impact on business intelligence and analytics. From the analytical side of things, CBD is fascinating. There are lots of factors involved. Marketers, investors, and business owners want to know how they can make the best decisions about CBD. Custom software provides the best business intelligence and reporting for that purpose. As a matter of fact, customization is the best choice for keeping up with all of the new information. 

Semi-Custom Options 

The CBD market has opened up several opportunities for semi-custom choices. Some business owners want to keep their current software, but they also want to add CBD to their product list. They need a way to adapt their software to their growing product line. That’s where semi-custom software comes in. With the semi-custom option, business owners don’t have to wait as long for their new software to be deployed, and they don’t have to replace the entire system. Instead, they can add just the right amount of customization. 

Custom Software 

Do you need custom software options to adapt to the CBD boom? No matter your software needs, Ayoka Systems can help. We’ll get to know you and your software needs, and then we’ll work with you to create the perfect solution for your business. Get in touch with the Ayoka team now. Let’s have a consultation about your software project.

What Engineers Wish Everyone Knew about Custom Software

November 25, 2019
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Custom software often makes the best choice. You can get software that is designed to work perfectly within your business. Instead of conforming to meet your software, you can have software that works for you. Still, there’s a lot that people don’t realize about bespoke software before they get started. When you’re well informed about your customization choices, you can get the best experience from your software and its development process. When it comes to your customized software, here’s what engineers wish everyone knew. 

The Right Custom Software Company Matters 

The best way to get a good experience right out of the gate is to find the right software company. We get it, though. It’s not exactly an easy process. There’s a lot that goes into finding the right custom software company.

Still, you’ll want to take this time upfront to make sure that you’re completely happy with your choice. First, look for online reviews for different software development companies. It’s not a flawless approach, but it gives you a great place to start. Next, read case studies. If you can’t find case studies on a company’s website, ask if they have any available to read. Case studies will let you know whether or not a company has the right experience and can develop the right solutions for your company. Finally, get some free consultations. Your consultations should always be free, and they’ll help you see whether or not you’ve got the right fit. 

Communication Is Everything 

Clear communication can give you the best software experience. There are a lot of things you can do for better communication with your custom software engineers. First, know what you want. When you have a clear idea of what you need and don’t need from your software, then you’ll have a smoother development process. Understand your business goals and how you want your software to contribute to them. 

Next, ask lots of questions. Write down your questions before your first consultation starts. You should also feel free to ask questions at any point during the software development process, and your team should be happy to answer them. 

Finally, find a team that’s intentional about communicating with you. One-sided communication can make software development frustrating. You want a team that will check in with you and keep you up to speed. 

Have a Plan and Stick With It 

How do you get the smoothest custom software process? You use a straightforward plan and stick with it. Your software team can handle a lot, but when business owners add many new requirements throughout the project, the project slows down and creates frustration for everyone involved. Even the simplest parts of your software take hours of work to develop. Some additions can take days. If you do add a new piece to the puzzle, understand that this new piece will take time and increase your budget. 

You Have Money Saving Options 

Custom software development is often more cost effective than off the shelf software. When your software is designed to work perfectly with your business practices, then you can save a lot of money and increase profits in the long run. Still, custom software is an upfront investment, and you may want to look for ways to save some money on it. There are several things you can do that we’ve addressed in the past. For example, you might consider semi-custom software options. 

Partner with Your Software Team 

Bespoke software is a business, of course. You pay for a service, and you receive a service. However, buying custom software isn’t the same thing as buying a sandwich or a piece of clothing. There’s a lot that goes into the software development process. As the client, you’re a big part of that process. When you choose a custom software service, you’ll get the most out of the experience if you see your software developers as your teammates. This mindset will make both you and your software developers more comfortable with communication. It will also allow you to take more ownership of your software and be more comfortable using it. 

Customer Service Shouldn’t End with Delivery 

You can get excellent support throughout the development process, but it shouldn’t end there. Your custom software team should be available for support long after they’ve deployed your software. If you have questions, concerns, or just need help with your software, your development team should be there for you. Nobody knows your software better than the people who developed it. When it comes to troubleshooting or even just answering questions, they’re the perfect choice. 

Custom Software With Ayoka 

Are you looking for a custom software team? Then Ayoka is here and ready to help. We’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure that you get the best software solutions for your needs. Get in touch with us today to get started. Let’s schedule your free consultation.

What Makes Custom Software Safer Than Other Choices?

November 11, 2019
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You may have noticed that we’re passionate about custom software safety. As a matter of fact, we’ve already mentioned safety in several previous blog posts. For those who are here for the first time, we’ve explained that bespoke software provides more safety because it’s not mass-produced. When you buy off-the-shelf software, your software works exactly the same as a lot of other people’s software. If a hacker figures out how to get into someone else’s software, that hacker will have no problem getting into yours. With customization, on the other hand, you have something rare and more difficult to hack. 

That said, there are plenty of other reasons why customized software provides more safety than ordinary software. Let’s take a closer look at some of those reasons. 

Custom Software Provides Crash Protection

First of all, customization protects your software from crashes. How? Well, custom software is designed with your specific hardware system in mind. Your hardware and software will work seamlessly with one another, creating smooth day to day usage. Furthermore, the right software team will test your new software for bugs and vulnerabilities at every step of the development process. On the other hand, off-the-shelf software developers don’t always have time for this attention to detail. Their goal is to get as many products to consumers, as quickly as possible. Safety is secondary to that goal. 

Built for Your Security 

Custom software isn’t just safe. It’s built from the ground up with your specific safety needs in mind. You’ll get added layers of protection that you just won’t get from standard software. Before your team starts building your software, they’ll meet with you to discuss the ins and outs of your business. You can bring up any security concerns that you have, and they’ll ask you some security-related questions. Once your team knows all about your security needs, they’ll build your perfect software from scratch. 

Safe for Large Businesses 

Do you run a large business? In that case, you know that the bigger the business, the bigger the software. The more departments you have, the more complicated your software needs can get. Unfortunately, having a far-reaching software means having more room for vulnerabilities. Custom software can take those vulnerabilities off the table. Your software team will make sure every part of your software stays safe. 

Safe for Small Businesses 

On the other side of that coin, small businesses have their own safety concerns. Some hackers go after smaller businesses because those businesses tend to use off-the-shelf software. Small businesses also tend to have fewer resources for patching software vulnerabilities. With custom software, you can avoid those vulnerabilities and keep your business safe. Your software team should treat your business with just as much care and attention as they’d use to treat a large business. They’ll create security measures so that you can run your business without fear. 

Scalability Gives You Protection 

On the whole, custom software gives you more scalability than standardized software. Your software development team can help you anticipate your growth needs so that you get everything you need from your software as time goes on. Standard software doesn’t always have this kind of room to grow, so you’ll have to replace and upgrade your software more often. When you replace or adjust your off-the-shelf software, you can leave opportunities for hackers to take advantage of your business. 

However, if your software has built-in scalability, you won’t have to make so many adjustments as you go. You won’t introduce new vulnerabilities into your system, and you’ll keep your software’s protection from hackers. 

Maintenance and Support 

With any business software, you’ll need regular maintenance and support. If you choose custom software, then you can rely on your software developers to deliver the support that you need in a timely way. They’ll take care of your security needs on a consistent basis. Standard software developers don’t usually provide the same security support. These developers deal with lots of other customers, so they may put you and your needs on the back burner. 

Customized software developers know your system inside and out. Because they work with you directly, they care about your software system and want to help you keep it safe. If you run into any security issues, they’ll be there to help whenever you need them. 

Custom Software

Looking for custom software for your business? The Ayoka team would love to help. At Ayoka, we develop unique software systems for our clients. Our development process includes top-level security. When you get your software from Ayoka, you can rest assured that you’re getting the safety your business needs. Are you ready to find out how Ayoka can help you transform your business? Then get in touch with us today. Let’s start a discussion about your specific software needs.

Top Five Ways that Custom Software Helps Workflow Management

October 15, 2018
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Poor workflow can derail an entire business, but why even settle for average workflow when you can take it to the next level? Optimized workflow solutions will help you create a culture of efficiency and stability. For businesses, this could mean increased revenue. For government entities, it means quickly resolving issues. With any entity, whether business or government, a good workflow means better customer and client satisfaction. Ayoka Systems can build the custom software solution that you need to graduate from the humble to-do list.

Incoming an Outgoing Communication

First, custom software will improve the first part of your workflow: communication. We’ve discussed how custom software can improve communication, but today, let’s focus on how better communication can improve your workflow. For many entities, workflow begins with a client or customer request. With workflow-optimized software, you can automatically route incoming customer communication to the right department. This way, you remove three or four unnecessary exchanges from the process. Client communications will go exactly where they need to go right away.

Next, custom software will also improve outbound communication. You’ll speed up the process that allows the company to communicate with its customers. Furthermore, when you use workflow-optimized software, you’ll notice better communication within the company itself. Whether you work in the manufacturing industry, retail, a government entity, or any other multi-step field, people at different steps in the process can communicate quickly with one another. They’ll catch mistakes, report changes, and perform other communication that will bring efficiency and quality.

Time Frame Management

Custom workflow solutions will also help you manage your time frames for different projects. You can set up to-do lists, due dates, and intermittent tasks. These time frames will ensure that work gets done on time. They also prevent you from losing track of important calendar information for your projects. Furthermore, custom software for workflow ensures that everyone stays on the same page when it comes to due dates. For tasks that don’t get completed within the right time frame, you can have automatic escalation and routing. This way, time-sensitive tasks can move to the front of your priority list. As a result, you’ll prevent customer dissatisfaction.

Consistent Tracking

Consistent tracking in your custom software will also help you manage your workflow. For example, Ayoka once helped a government entity that struggled with its citizen service requests. Citizens used pen and paper to write their requests, and then manually delivered them to the City department. This method led to inconsistencies in workflow. City employees couldn’t accurately track the order of request arrivals. Furthermore, there was a lack of communication about which tasks were completed and which ones still needed work. As a solution, Ayoka developed a custom software that improved workflow tracking. This government entity now has consistent tracking for various tasks. They can complete projects in order of importance, and they can track the different stages of completion. As a result of this new software, the citizens themselves can now track their own requests, and citizens have expressed increased satisfaction with this particular government entity.

Overall Improved Efficiency

Of course, the presence of a custom software solution will also improve your workflow efficiency. When your software was designed to work specifically with your needs, every step in the process becomes more accurate and more efficient. Each department has its own access to the workflow-enhancing software. You’ll reduce or eliminate the pauses that come from software glitches. Instead of working around different software problems and complications, you’ll find your software working for you, which is exactly as it should be.

Business Intelligence Reports

Finally, custom software gives you the option of business intelligence reports, which keep you updated on the progress of open tasks. They also help you determine the success of previous projects. You can get an up-to-date view of all of these different projects so that you can spot inconsistencies in workflow and take steps for improvement. You’ll improve workflow-related decision making in every aspect from financial decision making to daily to-dos. With custom report solutions and options for automation, you’ll have a clear way to notice patterns in data that can improve your own workflow and the workflow of everyone else who works with the company.

Custom Software

Are you ready to improve your workflow and complete more tasks within a smaller amount of time? Ayoka Systems has exactly what you need. We’ve developed custom workflow solutions for all types of industries, and we’ve been creating these solutions for more than a decade. If you need custom software to take your efficiency to new heights, the development team at Ayoka would love to help. When you’re ready to simplify your tasks and strategies, get in touch with Ayoka. You can tell us about the areas that you would like to improve, and we’ll create your perfect software solution.

Benefits of Custom Software Applications

Ayoka is a Texas custom software development company delivering quality custom software solutions. Custom software offers many advantages for your business, especially in terms of scalability and compatibility with your business’ existing software. Overall, custom-built applications provide a solid foundation to build upon for the success of your business.

Our mission is to develop enterprise applications in the USA that exceed our clients’ expectations, while maintaining competitive pricing. Working with Ayoka brings you a reliable and satisfaction-guaranteed business relationship. We strive to achieve a solid understanding of your business needs. A custom application is made to fit the requirements of your business in the way that best suits you. Our developers are responsive to your needs and can make changes as you need them, allowing you to adapt more easily.

When to Choose Custom Software

Custom software is appropriate if you need an application that caters to the specific needs of your organization. You may find that standard packaged software includes numerous unnecessary features that you don’t need for running your business. On the other hand, the off-the-shelf software may not include the specific features that your organization really needs. Custom software allows you to pick all and only the features you truly want. In addition, custom software provides several benefits that will help your organization in the long run.

Security

Customized software offers increased security. Quite often, off-the-shelf software gets hacked easily. Hackers are already aware of the vulnerabilities of packaged software and where and how they can be compromised. Custom software development can help protect your business from such external threats. Most successful hacking attempts on businesses result from hackers exploiting known vulnerabilities in commonly-used software. Custom software is a much less attractive target for hackers, as it requires comparatively more effort to learn how to breach the system.

Scalability

Another advantage of custom software is that it can be scaled according to the changing needs of your company. An off-the-shelf application cannot be manipulated at will and is limited in its offerings. At Ayoka, our experienced software developers provide excellent quality software and continue to maintain the program as your business grows in size.

With off-the-shelf software, you typically run into the issue of the software being inexpensive but not suitable for large businesses, or software being able to support businesses on a large scale but being very expensive to license. Custom software development offers a cost-effective solution to meets the needs of your company while allowing your business to grow.

Compatibility

Customizing software also offers compatibility with your organization’s existing applications. When Ayoka customizes software for your company, we take those pre-existing software packages into account so that it is compatible with your company’s tools. General software, on the other hand, can cause integration issues which are hard to deal with.

Maintaining custom software is easy when it is tailor-made for your company’s needs. With off-the-shelf software, you run the risk of discontinued application maintenance. In such a scenario, your business will need to make a sudden change and incur unnecessary costs.

Custom Software is Cost-Effective

With an application built to your requirements, you will save time and money. An application developed according to your own specification will likely require less configuration work and less training, as it will be intuitive to your staff. A good custom software application can also be more efficient and allow you to automate several manual tasks. At Ayoka, our experienced staff can recommend efficiencies and automation to suit your company’s needs.

Custom software can also help you save on hardware acquisition costs. Licensing software packages often means purchasing extra hardware to go with it. Ayoka engineers can tailor your software to work with your hardware. Your company will not need to purchase unnecessary additional hardware.

Investing in a custom-made software solution can offer many benefits to your company. Whether you are working on an internal business software or a new mobile application, Ayoka is eager to help you with your custom software development project. If you would like a software solution that integrates perfectly into your business, contact Ayoka to find out what we have to offer. Call us today at 817-210-4042 to discuss your custom software development, maintenance, and integration needs.

 

Three Ways Custom Software Helps Retailers During the Holiday Season

November 6, 2017
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Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov on Unsplash. Three Ways Custom Software Helps Retailers During the Holiday Season

The holidays bring shoppers out in force, and retailers with custom software have the tools to make the most sales. The right software transforms holidays from a chance to make a few more sales to an opportunity to win new customers and match the rest of the year’s earnings combined. In order to meet these goals, businesses must rethink their multi-channel selling systems, ensure they have the supply to meet the demand, and trim costs as much as possible. Although a single piece of custom software may not be able to meet all of these needs, a basic suite of programs could revolutionize a business’s holiday earning ability.

A Better Multi-Channel Selling Experience


Online sales rise every year, making multi-channel selling a critical strategy for businesses of all sizes. Offering multi-channel selling, however, demands an extremely high level of organization and communication between different software products. Even a basic arrangement demands links between physical point of sale stations, online shopping cart applications, and inventory lists. A better system includes connections to warehouses and even vendors. This allows customers seeking sold out items to see how long it will take for backed-up orders to arrive, or how long it will take their local store to replenish their stock. This kind of advance service and preparation make all the difference for customers struggling to find the season’s most popular items.

The right custom software provides the necessary links and channels of communication without interrupting a customer’s experience. Retailers need these powerful tools in order to handle increased demand. Online shoppers want lots of information and a good shopping experience on the go. You need applications that can handle big data while simultaneously monitoring available stock. The business that provides information and products fastest wins.

You need software that can handle the pressure of the holiday rush without damaging the user experience. Happy customers buy more, creating opportunities for additional sales. Customers are more likely to make extra purchases online. This makes the holiday season an especially important time for online storefronts. Custom software development makes techniques like cross-selling much easier, so you can hit goals faster. If your online sales portals do not utilize custom solutions designed to cater to your unique customers, then you are missing out on a huge number of add-on sales.

The Right Products, in the Right Place, at the Right Time


It takes more than pretty decorations and good customer service to win over busy customers during the holiday rush. Supply chain management is essential. There is no time for accidents, delays, or faulty shipments. Speed is everything. Unfortunately, most software cannot keep up with sudden bursts of demand. Holiday season is also breakdown season. POS systems fail, inventory lists become scrambled, and everything that can go wrong will go wrong. These accidents aren’t limited to retailers, unfortunately. They hit vendors, manufacturers, and shipping companies, too.

Without the right stock available in the right store at the right time, holiday sales simply won’t happen. Many retail businesses rely on the holiday season to make their annual goals. Sometimes holiday sales provide a safety net of savings for slow points early the following year. High sales mean survival and growth. So, how can retailers get ahead of these problems?

Custom software provides the kind of logistics control businesses need to overcome delays. Planning ahead is easier with the right software. Custom products can also solve your business’s unique holiday supply problems. You may need automated controls to reorder stock when it gets low, or you could require a system that can handle multiple vendors in case of emergencies. No matter what supply chain issues you face the right software solution is your answer.

Trimming Costs


The holiday season may be an opportunity for customers to increase spending, but it’s a great time for businesses to cut back. Custom software gives businesses the tools they need to aggressively pursue reverse logistics, overhead reduction, and other revenue-saving techniques and policies. Although everyone wants to save money, it’s extremely difficult to make significant changes without upsetting your workflow.

Custom software allows retailers to use advanced techniques to save and reuse potential waste products, reduce excess labor through scheduling adjustments, and much more. Since custom software is designed to suit your individual needs, it’s easy to customize products to address specific concerns. Many cost reduction training seminars and products miss the mark because they don’t take businesses’ unique needs into consideration. Custom software never poses that problem.

There is no way to guarantee sales numbers during the holiday rush, but it’s easy to make huge profits with the right tools. Custom software gives online shoppers a more reliable, pleasant experience without confusing inventory numbers. The right solutions can keep supply chains moving and cut back overhead at the same time. Don’t shop around for the best software solutions. Contact us today to build a custom solution.

How Custom Software Development Pays for Itself

September 28, 2017
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Photo by Farzad Nazifi on Unsplash. The Value of Custom Software Development: It Pays for Itself

Many business owners see custom software development as a prohibitively expensive investment. However, the value of custom software is that it pays for itself better than any off-the-shelf solution ever could. Savings range from expected benefits, to work speed and workflow, to smoother operations and reduced risk of cyber attacks. These benefits are entirely unique to custom software due to the way it is made and the types of problems it solves.

Improved Work Speed


Faster work is more profitable work, and nothing improves work speed like custom software development. An essential part of good custom software development is a series of interviews with individuals at various levels of the client’s business. In addition to the business owners, developers have discussions with the workers who will interact most with the new software. This insight allows them to see exactly how their new solution can fix existing problems. If the old system is too slow, has too many options, has too few options, or lacks essential functions, developers can transform complaints about the old to make the new system better.

Custom software is an opportunity to take advantage of employee creativity, too. In addition to complaints, employees can share their ideas and requests with developers, and these will be brought into meetings as possible development options. Custom software development isn’t like any other process. It’s a cooperative endeavor that is most effective when developers and clients work as one. This leads to a truly optimized product that can revolutionize day to day labor speed.

Fewer Necessary Applications


The more complex your solutions are, the more time it will take employees to navigate them. Extra third-party applications also slow down computers, increase the chance of a cyber security breach, and make the IT department’s life more difficult in general. Although there will always be a few tasks that require some application-switching, this should never be the normal work path for frequent tasks. We already talked about how time is money, and nothing slows speed like juggling multiple programs. Slowed service also irritates customers. Combined with the system risks we just mentioned, patchwork-application workflows are one of the greatest threats to a business’s success.

Custom software development gives businesses exactly what they need in a single solution. There are no unnecessary features to drain memory and processing speed. Every aspect of the software serves the business’s unique, specific needs. This means custom software is better for your hardware, better for your employees, better for your clients, and better for security. That is a lot of benefits from a single product.

Potential for Fewer Tech Problems


Third party off-the-shelf applications always pose a measure of risk to your business, even if you don’t have to utilize multiple products for a single task. When developers create off-the-shelf solutions, they aim to address industry averages and medians. No business matches those statistics exactly. This affects not only workflow concerns, but also system design. Off-the-shelf developers simply cannot know what other programs you will run. Nor can they know what add-ons you need, and what complexities your IT team faces. Inevitably, this leads to problems.

Custom software development is better for your existing system. Rather than warping your protocols and applications to fit off-the-shelf solutions, you can trust that a custom solution will snap into place seamlessly. As part of their research process, custom software developers examine the intricacies of a client’s operating system, key applications, and more. Their solution is a custom fit rather than an approximation based on other businesses’ averages.

Reduced Future Development Costs


One of the best and least discussed benefits of custom software is the opportunity for future savings. Off-the-shelf solutions offer static products. They are not designed to change size or shape to suit growing or changing companies. Custom products, however, can do just that. By adding a few backdoors and utilizing expansion-friendly structures, custom software developers can set your business up for future successes.

Rather than buying all new products when you outgrow your current solutions, you can simply contact the developers and arrange for the necessary additions and adjustments to your system. This saves huge amounts of money and prevents losing the time it takes to retrain employees. These solutions are incredibly flexible. So, it’s entirely possible that you’ll never have to replace your custom software with another product. Even if you do, by working with the same custom software development team, you can find a solution that won’t set you back too far just as you’re getting ready to expand.

Few products earn back their price as quickly as custom software. The process behind custom software development gives resulting systems and applications a distinct advantage that improves your business from day one. Not only does custom software help your business become more productive, but it also saves many expenses. To improve processing speed, security, and customer satisfaction, call us today to discuss the value of custom software for your business.

Do You Really Need Custom Software Development Services?

September 22, 2017
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Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash. Do You Really Need Custom a Software Development Service?

A custom software development service would likely strike most businesses as a luxury. At worst, they may see them as an unnecessary expense. Neither point of view is true. Custom software is as varied as the businesses that need it, and each solution is truly unique. These products stand above off-the-shelf competition in every respect. The truth is, you probably already need some form of custom software.

Are You Struggling to Grow Production?


One of the biggest signs that a business could use custom software development services is stymied growth. While there are many reasons a business may struggle to expand, most end up facing a production crisis. There is a sensitive point where businesses must dramatically expand or revise production in order to meet increased demand from new clients. This is both an opportunity and a risk. Change is never easy, but it’s always necessary for growth. It’s important to execute that change carefully, however. Delays, accidents, and other roadblocks can set a business back rather than propelling it forward. Since production is already under pressure due to rising demand, these risks are exacerbated.

Custom software can help with any job in any industry. Whether you need to streamline customer service or adapt the behavior of an assembly line robot, custom software offers the best solutions. The reason custom software is so much better in so many different roles is because it’s designed to fit the client’s exact needs. Developers take everything from your history to your distant goals to configure the best possible product for your immediate and long term needs. They not only address your current crisis, but actually make it easier to expand or adapt again in the future. Whatever you need, custom software can deliver.

Do You Struggle with Communication?


There’s a reason so many seminars focus on communication techniques. There is an important technical aspect to business communications as well, though, and if they are not met, it doesn’t matter how well-trained your staff is. Custom software development services often work with clients to revise entire communication technology strategies. This is especially important for busy, rapid response businesses. These include health care, police, businesses that handle volatile chemicals, newscasters, and more. The more moving parts a business has, the more complicated communication becomes. There are no simple off-the-shelf solutions for a business handling that level of complexity.

Custom software development services work from the client’s needs up. They do not try to fit premade solutions, but make solutions that fit an established business. Everything from software to compatible hardware comes under consideration. You and your custom software development team may discover a straightforward solution, or you may create something entirely new. It depends entirely on your business and your situation, just as it should.

Have Off-the-Shelf Solutions Failed?


Sometimes, off-the-shelf software suits your needs. Sometimes it does not. Custom software development services always provide a product that matches your exact demands. When you have a very unique business, you really need these adaptable solutions. There’s really no single off-the-shelf software that handles everything you can throw at it. There will always be something about your workflow, software configuration, business design, or rate of expansion that simply doesn’t work well with your off-the-shelf product.

A custom software development service would welcome a challenging case. The developers are as adaptable as the software they create, and they’re happy to your needs. The best developers actually come to meet in person with clients throughout the development process. This is a level of service that comes standard for custom software development is far beyond anything you could expect from off-the-shelf product developers. When you have a unique problem, you need a unique level of dedication to address it.

Do You Want an Edge Over the Competition?


Staying ahead of competitors is more challenging today than it has ever been before thanks to the online marketplace. You no longer face competition strictly from local and regional businesses, but also from those overseas. Since many of these competitors can undercut your prices no matter what you do, it’s important to provide the best service and the best products to demonstrate the superiority of your brand. Customers always recognize quality, even when they’re looking for a deal.

Custom software development helps your business be the best at what you do. Rather than stuffing your workflow into a premade mold, this process allows the things that make you unique to shape the software solutions you need. It may not seem like much, but it makes a big difference in response time, service level, and final product quality.

Need is relative, but utilizing the best solutions is a matter of practicality. Custom software isn’t just useful today. It actually makes future growth and adaptations easier. You probably need some form of custom software today, but you will definitely need it tomorrow so contact us today to get started.

How Custom Software Improves Workflow

August 17, 2017
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Photo by Javier Quesada on Unsplash. How Custom Software Improves Workflow

Custom software offers unparalleled solutions for workflow obstacles. This success is based on the personal connection afforded by the time and attention given by developers. Workflow obstructions are one of the most enduring challenges faced by any business. For this reason, it’s important to do more than only solve existing problems. You must also take advantage of opportunities for faster, more efficient work. Custom software allows businesses to do both at once. There’s effectively, no workflow challenge that cannot be overcome through cooperatively-built custom software. This is mostly, thanks to the engagement of developers and attention to detail. Such enduring problems include application-switching, communication both inside and outside the workplace, and individual business obstacles.

Eliminating Unnecessary Applications


When there isn’t an application designed to handle a specific task, businesses are forced to cobble together solutions using elements of multiple software products. This often means storing vital tools and information in various locations. For example, customer information is stored in one location, while the tools to complete a specific function are stored in another. Important calculating or monitoring features are stored in another. Obviously, this slows down the overall speed of the computer all these applications run on. In addition, this procedure also eats up a lot of labor hours. Every time an employee switches between programs to perform a single function, their employer loses money.

Custom software offers a solution to the root of the problem. Rather than using elements of different programs to create a single solution, custom software developers build fresh solutions. These solutions combine all elements of a single process into one piece of software. Without the need to switch between screens and applications, employees enjoy a smoother workflow that allows faster, more accurate work. Their software becomes an aid rather than a challenge, and their work may even become less mentally fatiguing.

Improving Communication


Communication represents a huge problem for essentially any industry. As communication technology evolves, businesses struggle to maintain structures that interact with relevant technology. Beepers and pagers used to be the most efficient means of communicating, with most employees using them outside of the workplace. However, by current standards they’re almost archaic. Thankfully, custom software keeps pace with these changes as a matter of necessity. Software developers easily integrate applications for smart phone users without compromising business security.

Even communication within a workplace suffers from delays, confusion, and misdirection. For example, a hospital deals with multiple types and forms of communication on a regular basis. This involves in-house paging in addition to communication with other hospitals and 911 staff. Other forms of communication include employee direction and patient management. Lastly, it also includes federal government agencies. With all of these veins of communication, it’s difficult to always get the right requests to the correct personnel. However, time is of the essence.

Even businesses that do not have literal lives on the line have a lot to lose monetarily when communications fail. Custom software doesn’t offer blanket solutions. This is invaluable for every business struggling with communication problems. After all, no two businesses are exactly the same. Their various communication structures represent all of their diverse operations, vendors, and processes. A custom software developer starts with the business and its individual needs rather than preconceptions about industry statistics or generalizations. Their products allow clearer, more direct communication. They also allow businesses to expand communications down the line without having to start from scratch.

Targeting Unique Problems


As we mentioned, no two businesses are exactly alike. Every business staffs different personnel and uses different processes. Most obvious, they reside in different locations. Any and all of these areas influence workflow. They also create problems off-the-shelf solutions simply cannot solve. Realistically, custom software is the only solution to these kinds of challenges. A business may find ways to work around problem areas and avoid unnecessarily complicated tasks. Unfortunately, they inevitably hurt themselves by limiting their own potential. Working around rather than through always takes more time. It also makes significant growth as much of a problem as it is an advantage.

The best custom software developers do not just build software based on a few phone interviews. They come to visit and examine businesses in person. They directly interview employees who see the greatest obstacles in their regular tasks. This helps them work with owners and managers to build solutions that help boost long term goals. This level of detail-orientation is the most important distinction. It separates the off-the-shelf solutions from the custom made software solutions. Unique businesses with their unique problems need new solutions that work for their exact situation rather than industry averages.

Custom software allows businesses to get ahead using everything that makes them unique. Your business shouldn’t suffer for aspects of its workflow. It should stand out from the rest of the industry.  Moreover, your business should be able to wield its differences for its own advancement. Custom software refines workflow processes and eliminates obstacles. This makes your business free to focus on things like product, marketing, and customer service. No business is perfect, but differences are not necessarily flaws. Contact us today to learn how custom software allows any workflow to operate a peak efficiency.

How Custom Software Can Save Your Business in an Emergency

August 3, 2017
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Photo by Olu Eletu on Unsplash. How Custom Software Can Save Your Business in an Emergency

There are many advantages to commissioning custom software. Custom solutions boost your business by streamlining workflow, patching weaknesses in conflicting systems, and even reducing business’s labor needs. What many forget to mention in this list of benefits is the supporting role custom software and its developers play in an emergency. Technological disasters of some kind are unavoidable for modern businesses. Between the complex supply lines, ecommerce sites, and borderless enterprise structures that businesses utilize to stay competitive, there are many opportunities for problems to develop. Whether your data is compromised by a hack or you suffer a catastrophic software failure, you need the best support available. Custom software and custom software developers can provide that.

Added Protection


Cyber-crime is responsible for more and more business emergencies. One of the best ways custom software can help in such an emergency is to prevent it from happening. The more widely a particular piece of software is used, the more hackers it will attract. Just as legitimate businesses look for the maximum payout for an investment of time, hackers aim to infiltrate software and applications that will give them a backdoor into the most private computers and business networks.

Using custom software doesn’t necessarily make you immune to all cyber-attacks, but it does afford an extra layer of protection. This applies to more than the programs built from scratch. Even if you choose a custom solution that is built on open source products, it will still be different enough to dissuade many hackers. After all, if a hacker goes to the extra effort of cracking your unique system, their payout begins and ends with your data. Finding a weakness in off the shelf solutions will open many more doors.

Faster Service


If your system goes down, no matter the reason, speed is imperative. Every moment you have to sit and wait for technical support to help solve the problem could equate to thousands of dollars of lost profit. They key to rapid recovery from a technological crisis is to have your emergency tech support arranged in advance. If the team has a chance to examine your system before anything goes wrong, they can shave precious minutes and hours off of repair times.

A traditional technical support team is unlikely to visit your business in person before an emergency to study your system in-depth. Usually, they work off of basic knowledge about your primary systems. Custom software actually slows them down.

No one understands software like custom software developers. If you hire them to build software, they will spend time researching your infrastructure. This gives them the insight they need to make the best software possible. It also gives them a high level of expertise in your business’s inner workings. Of course, they also literally create part of that infrastructure.

Inclusive Backups


Custom software developers rarely limit their services to development. This is why they make such great emergency tech support teams. They can help prepare you for an emergency in other ways, however, that are just as important. Custom software developers are directly invested in the success of your infrastructure. This means they are proactive in offering support services that can help you get back on your feet faster.

Many custom software development companies offer emergency backup plans as part of their development packages. They guard your emergency backups so they will be ready whenever you need them. Again, this pairs well with emergency tech support services. Combining these two separate recovery steps saves you time, and it may also save money, which is important when you lose income due to technical failure. These custom software development companies usually offer a range of backup options. You should be able to find the right fit for the size and scale of your business. Since custom software development companies want you to return to them for upgrades in the future, their backup solutions are usually scalable.

Custom Software Developers Care as Much about Tech Disasters as You Do


As we mentioned above, custom software developers are directly invested in the success of your business. Whether you have a catastrophic system failure, a data breach, or any other tech disaster, it’s in the custom software developers’ best interests to help you recover quickly. This makes them powerful allies when things go wrong. Your success supports theirs, so they are by far the most reliable and dedicated tech support available.

Having the right support is crucial for recovering from a disaster. Custom software can help you both before and after an emergency strikes. Custom products offer unique solutions to dissuade and defend against hackers. Emergency backups keep your most valuable data safe in case the worst happens. Custom software developers make the best tech support teams, too. In the end, it’s the developers’ commitment to your success that makes the difference. Custom products don’t just help you work better. They help you work safer. Contact us today to see how custom software can improve your business.

Is Custom Software Affordable

July 13, 2017
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Photo by Tirza van Dijk on Unsplash. Is Custom Software Affordable?

Whenever custom software comes into a conversation, the first concern is that it’s simply too expensive for the average business. The truth is that custom software may be more affordable than you thought. Even if it costs more in the short term, its long term value exceeds any off-the-shelf product.

Custom Software Range

Unlike off-the-shelf solutions, custom software can be as large or small as you need. Whether you’re looking for a refined answer to a specific problem or a whole new workflow, custom software developers can create what you need. This means that prices are hugely varied. The larger and more complex the software program, the more expensive it will be. However, you may be able to pay significantly less for a small piece of custom work that you would have to pay for a full off-the-shelf program. Even larger programs may be more affordable than comparable off-the-shelf options. By cutting out a few unnecessary features that come with off-the-shelf programs, custom software can offer a tailor made and tailor priced solution.

What Are You Really Paying For?

If you’re buying software off the shelf, you’re buying generic solutions slightly tailored for your general industry. While there may be one or two unique features that give the software designers the right to slap your industry’s name on the cover, the software still caters to very few specialized needs. It certainly won’t address the unique problems your business faces. After all, businesses aren’t built on industry standards alone. They’re also built by their very specific clientele, their individual employees, and the natural workflow established by unique cultural and geographical influences. You cannot buy a perfect pre-made software solution.

What you’re really paying for is a handful of moderately useful features and a lot of branding. An established brand will stick with what has sold well in the past. Although they might customize software to allow specific industries to account for commission work, they aren’t interested in reinventing the wheel. It profits them to change little and sink more money into marketing. You are paying as much for the brand name as you supposedly are for the industry specific software.

Short Term vs. Long Term Costs

Even if the custom software development you’re considering would be more expensive than simply buying a program off the shelf, you may end up paying more. Short term and long term expenses for custom software and off-the-shelf products are extremely different. This stems from the fact that while custom software developers are happy to have your return business, they don’t base their business model on disposable products you will have to entirely replace in the future.

If your business is doing well, it will inevitably grow. This may mean you have a wider customer base, additional services, or even a new location. In any of these situations, you’ll need software that can keep up with increased demand. Unfortunately, off-the-shelf solutions do not stretch well. Once you reach storage, user number, or feature limits, you cannot bypass them. You will, typically, have to buy entirely new software. This means you will have to make the investment you made earlier all over again. This gives the software less time to earn back its value and reduces your overall profit.

Custom software doesn’t have the same limitations. When you start working with developers, it’s easy to explain that you want your software to grow with you. Developers can easily add routes for potential expansion to your custom software. You don’t have to pay for features and storage you don’t need when you first buy your custom software, and you won’t have to pay for an entirely new system down the line, either. All you’ll need to pay for are the additions, the doors to which developers have already embedded in your software.

Estimated Returns

An important point to consider when you examine custom software is its potential to generate profit. Custom software helps employees do their jobs better and more efficiently than off-the-shelf solutions. This represents immediate savings and an enhanced likelihood of profit. After all, if a single employee can finish more work, they have time to tackle new projects, which is key for expansion. Buying software off the shelf usually allows you to continue operating at your existing speed. It isn’t made to necessarily make your job easier, only to make your job possible. This limits off-the-shelf software’s ability to give you a return on your investment.

No one wants to pay more for a product today than they have to, but if you buy a lesser product today, you’ll be paying for it again and again in the future. Custom software gives you the tools to only buy what you need now, spend less for future developments, and improve your business. When you examine the cost of custom software, you should really be asking if it’s the competition that’s affordable.

Why Your Business Needs Custom Software

June 29, 2017
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Photo by Štefan Štefančík on Unsplash. Why Your Business Needs Custom Software

It’s always wise to second guess and thoroughly scrutinize a potential investment. Some don’t hold up to the examination, but custom software becomes more valuable the more you investigate. These custom products are among the best investments your business can make. Not only are they superior to the competition, but they enable you to take advantage of your business’s unique opportunities while protecting your most vulnerable points.

Off-The-Shelf Inefficiencies

The first reason your business needs custom software is because custom products are innately superior to off-the-shelf solutions. For instance, custom software developers build products based on the client’s needs from start to finish. Conversely, mass produced software only provides general solutions to simplified problems. Custom software considers an individual business and off-the-shelf solutions use a single product to address an entire industry. These generic solutions do not actually solve many problems. In fact, they may create stumbling blocks in your day to day workflow.

Good custom software comes as the result of detailed study of your business and your associated business needs. Developers not only listen to your input, but they actively observe how you do business. This gives them an opportunity to bring up inefficiencies they could potentially fix. Many of these come from off-the-shelf solutions. No single program will allow your employees to do their jobs. A single task may require application hopping, which drains time and resources. You may also have software that loses data when it updates, or software with updates that interfere with other programs.

Expansion complicates these issues. Most off-the-shelf software is built with pre-existing limitations. If your business needs more storage space, additional users, or even integrated solutions for a new location, off-the-shelf solutions will either fail or demand a hefty new fee. Usually, off-the-shelf developers design their products to force expanding companies to buy all new products to meet their expanding needs. On the other hand, custom software comes with built-in backdoors for future expansion, which cuts down on future cost and frustration.

Security Concerns

If you run off-the-shelf solutions, you face the threat of every hacker with access to that software. You also make yourself a more profitable target. After all, if a hacker manages to break through a popular off-the-shelf system’s security, then every business that runs that software is vulnerable. If you use custom software, hacking you won’t necessarily help the criminal hack any other business. It’s a matter of time investment and potential reward.

If you know of especially vulnerable points in your system, such as remote points of sale and wireless networks, then you can give custom software developers advanced notice. With this information, they then build special layers of protection for any software that comes into contact with these vulnerable points. Every business has slightly different weaknesses. Even the most expensive off-the-shelf software can’t address your specific risks as well as custom software developers.

Missed Opportunities

The best businesses are capable of taking rapid action. They also streamline interior workings to make it easier to turn a profit quickly. If you are wasting time and money on inefficient, vulnerable software, you are also wasting opportunities. Custom software offers more advantages than just waste prevention, however.

Athletes use tailored gear to enhance their performance. Artisans and craftspeople do, too. These tools help them do their work at not only a faster speed, but also with improved quality. If you have software that can combine everything you need for associates to handle a customer complaint on a single screen, how much better will your customer satisfaction score become? If your software allows employees to multitask or combine processes, won’t you be better prepared for new initiatives? Custom software gives you the ability to make your own opportunities. You can also use the development process to take advantage of new ideas and technology that will help you meet major goals.

Example of Industry Leaders

One of the best ways to tell if a particular product or tool is really worthwhile is to see how it works for industry leaders. Every industry can benefit from custom software, and the range of companies to benefit from such products reflects that. One of the world’s biggest aerospace and defense companies, Boeing, uses custom software solutions. Medical care company ADX and medical technology leaders like Drager and Siemens also benefit from custom software. Even RAM Products has custom software in use.

If you want your business to grow and expand, custom software development is an essential investment. It won’t hold you back or make you reinvest all over again for better storage space. Custom software keeps you safe, and it allows you to grow in unique directions. If the potential benefits don’t win you over, you just have to look at all the industry leading companies who have already received concrete benefits from their investment.

Bridging the Gap with E-Commerce through Custom Software

June 22, 2017
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Photo by Igor Miske on Unsplash. Bridging the Gap with E-Commerce through Custom Software

Launching an e-commerce platform is an exciting challenge, but the challenge part grows exponentially as the Internet expands. Competition increases daily. Customers expect bigger, better, and more uniform shopping experiences. Worst of all, your security is never guaranteed. Custom software can bring the excitement back to e-commerce. With unique solutions and integrative options, custom solutions can do things off the shelf options simply can’t match. Custom software is the best option for customer satisfaction, ease of use, multi-channel selling, and security concerns.

Improving the Multi-channel Experience


Multi-channel customers are the best customers. They spend more, pay close attention to your promotions and mailers, and they’re most likely to discuss your business with friends and family in a positive light. It takes a lot of work to win these customers, though, and a lot rides on the software behind your website. Multi-channel shoppers expect the same experience, whether they’re shopping through your web app or your brick and mortar storefront.

Custom software gives you a lot of advantages right out of the gate. First of all, you don’t have to try twisting an off the shelf solution to provide the kind of options customers would have in the store. Whatever you give your customers in the store, you can offer online. Do you provide free samples in the store? Offer them in connection with a mailer full of future discounts through your web app. This ties in nicely with newsletters. The right custom software can fill the void left by helpful sales associates, too.

Your software can help you with the details behind the scenes that impact customer experience, too. For example, if your software provides real-time updates on available merchandise, and you link that with your in-store manifests. Then online shoppers won’t suffer the frustration of selecting an item only to discover it’s out of stock at checkout. What shoppers see on the shelves, whether they’re physical or digital, is what’s actually available. This builds the kind of long-term trust multi-channel shoppers need.

Going Mobile


Mobile shoppers are an entirely different demographic than multi-channel shoppers, but custom software can still help you reach them. Custom software developers help you build a mobile app that offers everything your store and web app provide. They even back it up with integrative software solutions. The same connections that are so vital for online, multi-channel shoppers turn mobile shoppers into customers. Keep in mind mobile sites are technically just another channel for buyers. Since prefabricated mobile site formats are just as static as their web equivalents, choosing a custom approach is the only way to ensure uniformity.

Mobile sales are all about speed, and many shoppers make same day purchases. Mobile shoppers have the fastest average conversion times, so streamlining that funnel is imperative. Custom software creates the fastest shopper funnels and the best buyer experiences.

Connecting Revenue Streams


No one likes to talk about accounting, bookkeeping, and the wonderful world of business number games. Unfortunately, e-commerce makes that chore all the more important. It also makes it vastly more complicated. Custom software offers solutions that extremely few off the shelf products can match. For example, by linking revenue streams to flow into the same bookkeeping program, you’d save a lot of costly labor time. By addressing shopping cart application design, you can save a lot of steps down the road. You can also ensure the system matches your established accounting and bookkeeping workflow instead of complicating it.

Making Transactions Secure


Security is a greater concern than it’s ever been before, especially for businesses involved in e-commerce. Getting hacked is no longer a risk; it’s a guarantee. In order to protect your business and your customers, you have to plan ahead and take a proactive approach to your web apps’ security. This involves a lot of simple tasks, like changing passwords and using secure connections. It also takes a new approach to security, and that’s where custom software development comes in.

The harder hackers have to work to get into your system, the less likely they are to finish the job. It becomes a matter of profit. Also, hacking a unique security system that differs from every other e-commerce websites’ makes you a less appealing target. After all, what’s the point of forcing your way into a single business when you could spend the same amount of time securing the keys to dozens of others in one go?

Custom software offers solutions to every e-commerce frustration from bookkeeping complications to security. It’s the best choice for customers as well. Not only does it make multichannel selling vastly less complicated, but it provides the kinds of options and services you need to grow your customer base. When you decide to go mobile, the same developers will have your back. It’s the smart way to move into e-commerce.

Five Reasons Distributors Need Custom Software Development

June 15, 2017
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Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash. Five Reasons Distributors Need Custom Software Development

Distributors keep the modern world of commerce moving, and they need software that can keep up. While many programs seek to address the major concerns of the industry, nothing works as well as custom software. Custom software development addresses the individual business rather than industry principles, making it an invaluable tool.

Time Efficiency


Distributors are always busy. While time is of the essence for any business, distributors face unique pressures due to the nature of their services. Moving product in and shipping it back out again is the backbone of the distribution industry, and that backbone relies on efficiency to stay strong. Losing even ten seconds per order quickly builds up. If employees only handled a single order per work day, the loss would still be reasonable. However, distribution employees typically handle hundreds of orders per shift. Within a month, you’re looking at a loss of hours, or even days’ worth of labor. That lost time represents unfulfilled orders. At the least, your inefficiencies are costing you profit. In the worst case, however, you could be disappointing contracted clients and customers.

Custom software development addresses the exact causes of those precious ten second lapses in efficiency. While off the shelf solutions try to provide a blanket solution that may shave the time loss down to six or seven seconds, you deserve better. Custom software addresses individual issues directly.

Cost Efficiency


First, custom software saves you money through time efficiency. If you aren’t paying for wasted hours, then that money becomes profit. If you aren’t wasting time, you also have the chance to handle more clients, which also boosts profit. At the very least, you aren’t paying for wasted time.

Custom software development also gives distributors a better return on their investment. If you pay for off the shelf software solutions, you’re paying for the time and research that went into making a product that answers problems you don’t have. You pay for partial solutions to your own issues. Off the shelf software also inevitably comes with entire features that simply aren’t very useful in your particular niche of the industry. Blanket solutions come with blanket costs. Meanwhile, custom software gives you exactly what you need without extra bells and whistles to drain your resources. You pay for exactly what you need. This is better than handing over your investment in exchange for developments and insights that help your competition as much as they help you.

Security


Cyber security is a rising concern for consumers, producers, and every other entity in today’s market. Criminals with the right tools and experience can hack just about anything, or so it seems. The sad reality is that the more common a program is, the more likely it is to be hacked. Widely used software solutions give hackers a greater return for their crimes. By breaking past a popular software system’s firewall, they have the opportunity to attack multiple businesses and customers from within. Custom software offers custom security measures. No two pieces of custom software are exactly the same, and if you want to keep your business safe, custom solutions are often your best bet.

Support


If something goes wrong, you need support you can rely on. Again, wasted time is wasted money, and if a distributor fails to deliver, they lose critical customer confidence. Distributors rely on the support behind their software, which is something off the shelf products fail to provide. Most off the shelf software developers only offer limited customer service hours. There is no way to guarantee the quality of the service you will receive.

Conversely, custom software development teams usually train their own customer service representatives, or double as repair personnel themselves. Rather than trusting a stranger with a script, you can trust the best custom software development services to stand behind their products. Custom developers have more to lose and more to gain by providing good customer service. Their superior insight into what exactly makes your software tick also makes them the best for the job. They know what other programs you run, how your business is conducted, and can find solutions faster.

Room to Expand


Custom software development doesn’t give you a cookie-cutter program. When you discuss your needs with developers, it’s very easy to ask them to give you room to expand. Developers then build in spaces for potential add-ons. This scalability is an incredibly valuable asset to any new, developing, or expanding distributor. You can pay for what you need now and rest easy knowing you can pay for additions rather than entirely new programs down the road.

Custom software development is vital for distributors looking to get ahead of the competition. Your business is unique, and you deserve software to match. Custom software solutions save time and money, keep your business secure and running, and leave room for growth.

Custom Software Development: The Software Investment You Need

May 30, 2017
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Photo by Jacob Miller on Unsplash. Custom Software Development: The Software Investment You Need

As a business owner, you always look for ways to boost your bottom line and guarantee a successful return on your software investment. Everyone knows that custom software development often requires a significant investment, and waiting for the long-term results can be stressful. However, with the right custom software, you can boost your bottom line in both the short term and long term. Advantages that cross industry lines make your business appeal to a broader range of customers. Uniquely specific benefits of this type of software investment help you meet your specific goals and plans. In the end, each of these aspects help to boost your revenue.

Custom Software Development Wins Customers


There are a number of reasons your business benefits from a software investment in custom software. One reason is that commissioning custom tools demonstrates a business’s positions. It shows a good, steady income along with reserves. This leaves customers feeling more secure when they invest money in the company’s products and services. In the mind of most consumers, steady businesses build reliable products. At the very least, they view a steady business as more trustworthy. To most customers, a firm, settled business is less likely to lie in order to move a product.

More importantly, custom software development is known for offering better security. As cyber crimes rise and more consumers have to deal with problems like the identity theft, security is a greater and greater consideration. When major retail chains are vulnerable to cyber crimes, consumers know everyone is at risk. By not only using but publicizing custom software, businesses can maximize the return on their investment. Such software boosts a business’s reputation, which attracts more customers, which in turn boosts income. The fact that it also limits your risk is a further advantage. Cyber attacks worry customers, but they cost businesses much more.

Addressing Specific Issues


In the business world, there’s always room for improvement. Shifts could be tightened up, office supplies used more sparingly, and teams made more productive. While custom software development can’t solve all of these issues, it can make a world of difference in problems related to workflow. It also helps solve various IT struggles and helps to improve customer service.

It’s almost impossible to find off-the-shelf software that will answer every need your business develops. Most businesses have to use a patchwork of systems in order to perform regular functions, and this inevitably slows productivity. These ungainly systems boost error rates and make employees dread booting up the computer.

Not only do employees lose precious minutes and hours flipping between screens and sources, but these convoluted systems put a high demand on your hardware. IT teams will lose a lot of time handling crashed computers when that time could be better invested elsewhere. It’s wasted opportunity. Since your IT team offers some of the most valuable innovations and developments, spending extra time on unnecessary repairs and patches is even more costly.

Moreover, custom software development helps your customers, even if the software isn’t a part of your front of house services. When an employee juggles multiple systems while trying to provide information to customers over the phone, delays and frustration are inevitable. In these cases, customers feel they haven’t been treated well, even if your associates are doing their best. Good customer service is a key to customer retention. It’s also a vital part of boosting your bottom line.

Aiming for Opportunities


Although all businesses aim to grow and advance, those changes look different for every storefront, office, or fabricator. Not only is there dramatic differences in goals between industries, but each unique business has different opportunities that best suit their goals and plans. For this reason, a software investment is vital, and custom software development is the best way to support those goals.

You need to focus on customer service to build a stronger local reputation. The best custom software gives you advanced options designed for your particular services. For instance, restaurants need software aimed to support new, third party delivery services. However, they may plan on developing their own delivery options. Since customers often prefer to order in advance for pick-up, each restaurant needs highly customized ordering software that allows for customization. After all, customers expect the same service online that they get in person.

In other industries, manufacturers face unique technical programming challenges. Moreover, stock advisors need software that allows for maximum customer profile customization, while simultaneously delivering real-time stock numbers. Opportunities for integration and ease of use pave the way for any type of business to meet specific goals faster.

The Bottom Line of a Software Investment

Make a software investment in custom software development. It helps to boost your bottom line in both the near and distant future. It’s a high set of expectations. However, working with the right custom software development team helps you build your ideal tools. In turn, these help you with everything from winning new customers to cultivating their continued loyalty. Custom software is safer and more efficient.  These systems address immediate concerns and goals by tailoring a program to match your existing workflow. All of these benefits combine to make a powerful software investment that boosts your revenue. Custom software not only brings in returns but supports how you do business.

How to Maximize Employee Performance through Custom Software

May 18, 2017
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Photo by Pipe A. on Unsplash. How to Maximize Employee Performance through Custom Software

Employees are some of your most valuable assets, but handling a diverse workforce leads to inevitable wastes of time and funds. Outdated or needlessly complex software causes much of this waste, especially in office environments. Custom software development, however, has your solution. This article shows you how custom software development helps you maximize employee performance.

Custom Software Development Offers the Ultimate Intuitive Controls


You want to maximize employee performance, and intuitive controls are one way to do just that. Intuitive controls have become a bit of a fad phase in marketing, and just about every piece of software on the market claims to have them. In reality, intuitive controls are best when they are customized. The more specific the customization, the better they will function. A general intuitive design helps users figure out how to enter and exit software efficiently. Alternatively, most software utilizes complex features that cannot be so easily displayed.

Custom software development designs intuitive controls based on your business’s unique work and pace. You may need specialized controls for handling clients, for example. Dashboards and tabs could divide client-oriented work into more specific work tracks. This would shave off time digging through layers of organization to find a specific function. Designs that follow the day to day patterns of your business mean you can spend less time training your employees, and you can waste fewer labor hours.

Embrace the Dashboard Experience


Embracing the dashboard is another way to maximize employee performance. One of the best advances in the world of software development has been the popularizing of dashboard controls. With dashboards, you can easily collect various functions onto a communal screen. This makes it easy to work through an entire process without flipping between various programs. Everything you need is in one place. This technology offers advantages for essentially any industry, and rudimentary versions are commonplace in most leading software.

However, while most off-the-shelf software features some form of dashboards, they aren’t always customizable. Even if they are, your customization options are limited by the developer’s ideas about the industry’s needs at large. While a few of the available options may work well for your individual business, custom software development would provide dashboards that addressed your workflow and primary needs directly. Since dashboards are meant to save time, it’s important for them to adhere to your specific requirements. Unfortunately, basic customization options only take you so far because the original designer’s expectations control their limits.

Wield Employee Input


Custom software development offers the chance to maximize some of your greatest assets, your employees. When employees struggle with their tools at work, they have to drain time and resources from IT. If this happens often enough, even if the employee is otherwise doing excellent work, the employee could easily become frustrated. Such employees often feel underappreciated and underutilized at work. This leads to low workplace satisfaction for your top performers. That, in turn, often leads them to seek a new position. There’s a way to harness this frustration for the advancement of the company, however.

If you ask your employees what aspects of your company’s existing software holds them back, they’ll be quick to answer. Careful analysis of the most commonly reported stumbling blocks will give you the raw data you need to make a superior system. Of course, that feedback won’t help you if you’re simply buying off-the-shelf software. However, custom software developers work with you from the beginning and are eager for your input. Offering employee feedback gives them priceless insight into your goals and struggles. With the aid of software that helps rather than hinders their daily workflows, employees are able to achieve higher standards and production volumes. As an added bonus, those frustrated, high performing employees receive the acknowledgment they need. By taking employee input into consideration, you reinforce your employees’ value and encourage long-term loyalty from your top performers.

Track Progress for Rewards


No one likes to feel like Big Brother is watching over their shoulders, even at work, but in order to get the data you need to efficiently run your business, you need access to detailed reports about employee activity. Many businesses use complex, multi-step logins that waste time and start employees’ work days with frustration.

There are better ways to track and reward progress. By including such functions in custom software development from the onset of production, you save your employees stress. You also get more accurate data. After all, managers get to waste even more time under the familiar multi-login system. Whenever an employee forgets one of their logins, they have to make an official report. The manager must then use their report to correct multiple systems. These include hour tracking, employee time cards, etc.

Daily workflow is a complex system of minor and major functions. The right software can turn it from a chore into a productive cycle. Custom software development gives you the keys to solve existing issues, minimize time losses, and encourage loyalty from your best workers. It’s a lot to expect from a single investment, but custom software development should always be exceptional.

How to Find Long Lasting Custom Software

March 14, 2017
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Photo by Christopher Gower on Unsplash

Custom software development is a serious investment, and in order to benefit from that investment, you need to find software that can stand the test of time. While there’s no way to predict the future, there are key features and traits you should consider before and during development that will promote software longevity. Most are fairly simple. Look for a good fit that leaves room for growth, and take time to hire a local developer who provides additional services.

Find Software that Fits


Custom software development isn’t uncommon. However, finding custom software developers willing to tailor software to suit your exact business needs is uncommon. These services might cost more, but they provide a better investment that outlasts simpler products. The more your custom software meets your specific business needs, the fewer problems it causes. Not only will it cause fewer problems, but it will help you meet your goals more efficiently. This should expand the life of not only your software investment, but also your client list.

Well-fitted software also takes your existing hardware and network capabilities into consideration. The right fit won’t overburden your system or take up unnecessary storage space that you need for other functions. Tailoring is key. While many developers sell custom software that is tweaked for individual customers, it isn’t always tailored to your needs. Remember, there is a difference between custom software, and custom software developed specifically for your business.

Go Local


Local developers have a series of benefits any business can take advantage of. At the top of that list is market awareness. While custom software from overseas companies depends a great deal on second hand research and established trends, local developers have a natural understanding of the clientele you serve. Research is still imperative, of course, but even that is easier and more thorough with the local advantage.

Local custom software development ensures the best fit, too. Just as locals understand your market better than overseas companies, they also understand local regulations, business culture, and standards. The best developers meet with you in person to best understand your unique goals. These collaborative efforts go a long way in ensuring a good fit. As we discussed above, this is the best way to get long lasting custom software.

Choose Developers with Good Support


Good customer service and technical support will ensure your new software serves a long and productive life. Good support goes beyond any warranty, though. When you’re shopping for software developers, look for those who offer multiple services. A software development company that offers separate technical support services helps you plan for the future. These services often include integration, trouble shooting, and emergency backup and recovery services.

No one knows custom software like the individuals who developed it. Try moving the majority of your software-related business to the company responsible for development. Your business gains the developer’s insight into future problems. This would take outside troubleshooters far more time to acquire. This saves time in emergencies, but it also secures a service provider with a vested interest in the longevity of your custom software.

Consider Expanding Business Needs


The best custom software fits your current business needs. However, to make it last, developers need to take your business plans for the future into consideration. After all, if software matches today’s needs, but not tomorrows, it won’t be effective for long. Custom software is a major investment, and you want to receive a long lasting product in exchange. In order to last, custom software needs to be flexible. Moreover, developers should make space for future add-ons and expansions.

Perhaps your software needs to accommodate data from a new office branch. Or, maybe you plan on diversifying your services in the next few years. Software must be flexible to address these changes. Often, expansions are as simple as additional memory or more detailed file type compatibility.  However, inflexible software fails to adapt. When you speak with your developer, explain where your business is headed. With his or her understanding of developing trends in technology, you should be able to find the right balance between efficiency for today and flexibility for tomorrow. This collaboration is key to software longevity.

Long lasting custom software works well, and that requires a great fit. There is no better way to stack the odds in your favor than to hire a local, multi-service developer. Such a developer comes with the skills, insight, and proximity needed for close collaboration. This is a preemptive measure that saves time and money down the road, in addition to its many immediate advantages. Custom software development helps grow your business. For this reason, it’s important that developers leave expandable options. Together, these features outline not only a great custom software product, but one that will last for many years to come.