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Prejudices towards individual software

In today's world of digitization, the first step is to find out what goals are to be achieved. Do you want to adapt certain processes, bring the company and its customers closer together, automate a business model or implement new innovative business ideas?

In order to implement innovative ideas, you usually need the appropriate software. Unfortunately, this is not very easy, because now it is necessary to find out if there is a standard software which can be adapted by certain changes or if a completely new software, a so-called individual software is needed.

The decision between standard software or individual software is a difficult topic and it seems to occupy the today's enterprise world strongly. On the one hand you want to stand out from the competition and on the other hand the risks must be assessed correctly.

There are a lot of prejudices and uncertainties, especially regarding individual software, and we would like to get to the bottom of these.

 

Dependence on individual software

Many people are of the opinion that the dependency on the manufacturer is much higher for individual software than for standard software. However, this is usually not true, because it is often easier to have certain adjustments and changes made by another company than with standard software, as these are often very complex, and it is very difficult to transfer them to another company. It is important to note that a common technology such as .Net is used for individual software development to reduce the risk of dependency.

 

Individual software is complicated

Since individual software can be adapted directly to the work processes, many work processes can be made significantly easier and more effective for the employees. The functions as well as the design can be co-determined and can be tailored exactly to their own wishes. In today's fast-changing times, individual software that can be adapted to the constant change in which companies and their processes find themselves, is ideal for mastering major challenges and remaining competitive.

 

Individual software projects are second nature

Basically, it can be said that the initial phase with the exact planning of the software and the definition of the various details can be somewhat time-consuming. But exactly this effort in the startup phase is worth it, because with custom software, even during the creation process, changes and optimizations can still be made in your own core processes. In this way, additional ideas and requirements can also be integrated into the new software. Allow enough spare time right from the start, because additional innovations and ideas that only emerge during the creation process can still be integrated. The created software is an asset for your company and additionally strengthens your competitiveness, isn't it worth investing time?

 

Individual software is only something for large companies

Also, this prejudice persists although it is very important for many SMEs to have a software that is exactly adapted to the internal requirements and conditions, because often the leeway in this regard is significantly greater in large companies than in SMEs. Individual software can be completely customized, so that exactly those companies can benefit, in which innovation and flexibility play an important role. Innovation does not usually take place in standard processes such as accounting and master data management, where standard software is preferred, but in new business areas or product/service development.

Individual software is only something for large companies

Also, this prejudice persists although it is very important for many SMEs to have a software that is exactly adapted to the internal requirements and conditions, because often the leeway in this regard is significantly greater in large companies than in SMEs. Individual software can be completely customized, so that exactly those companies can benefit, in which innovation and flexibility play an important role. Innovation does not usually take place in standard processes such as accounting and master data management, where standard software is preferred, but in new business areas or product/service development.

 

Individual software is expensive

Standard software solutions always seem to be cheaper in the beginning, you have a fixed price you pay for a finished product and that's it. In reality, however, it usually looks different, since costs for implementation and adjustments to the business processes are usually added. Often it is a complicated process in which the new software must be integrated and implemented into the working environment with additional systems. With such actions the costs can rise then very fast and it can become expensive.

Of course, there are also recurring costs for individual software but in contrast to so-called license costs, these costs are invested in the expansion of the existing software so that continuous adjustments and improvements or innovative innovations can be made. With an individual solution there are no license costs and it is the property of the company in which the investment can be made. 

 

Last but not least...

It can be said that it is worthwhile to weigh up the pros and cons before deciding whether to purchase a standard software or an individual software. Especially when it comes to adapting specific processes within a company, it is worth considering the positive aspects of an individual software.

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