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Why Would You Customise Your Software

Aug 11, 2008
Custom software development has been created for many different reasons and it is this that has made it unique from other software such as purpose built software. The custom software comes into its own because it is unlike any other software in that it is not mass produced like other software to be sold to millions of users.

Instead, is custom built to suit each user's needs and preferences. This means that a lot of time and money goes into the software development to get it to the right purpose of the user's (customers). This can cause some potential problems on one hand though, this is the fact that after the development and selling of the software some customers may not be able to install the software correctly or it may have some bugs in the program.

To be able to sort out these bugs and problems in the software the company will have to spend more time and money in finding and sorting out the bugs which means they will not be able to spend as much of their budget or resources on other projects that the business might want to do like mandatory software.

This may cause some problems with the smaller businesses as they may not be able to fix the bugs in time or run out of money causing them to close down their services. These problems occur because if they are offering their software to a small but broad range of customers each customer's computer may be different and this might cause conflicts with the software due to the many different components and other software each customer may be running on their machine at the same time.

This is a big problem worldwide for custom developed software and it is rare that a quick solution to the bugs works on all the customers' computers meaning they have to spend much more time finding a permanent and more thorough solution.

Custom software can be created for a huge variety of things. Many telecommunications software is custom as each phone company operates in a different way meaning that the custom software development team has to create individual software for each company to run on their own systems. Other examples where custom software development is used is for IT companies that provide different services on the internet where different companies need different software to advertise their products properly.

The internet and IT business has moved on leaps and bounds over the past few years and this has meant that boxed software and on the shelf upgrades are no longer helpful as they are outdated very quickly.

This is where the custom developed software comes in very handy as companies are constantly offering upgrades and packages to every specification of every business meaning that everyone can receive the software. This software may include any custom tools or toolbars that the business will need to be produce their products.

A major part of the IT market that uses custom software is the search optimisation market where a lot of custom software is needed for the job they have to do. For example, designing and editing websites uses a lot of custom programs that needed to be updated regularly so the designers can have the latest tools available to make the clients website that bit better.

Overall the custom developed software business is completely necessary to all in the IT business where many different aspects are used, and it is this where custom software comes into its own providing unique software to every business.
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IT expert Catherine Harvey looks at the way custom software development assists businesses to provide a better service.
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