Custom software refers to a bespoke made software that matches the client’s needs to a tee, it’s an exact fit with the customer’s requirements. It’s scalable, perfectly adapted with the current methods of work, easily integrates with other systems and offers no limitations in comparison with existing off-the-shelf software solutions.
Let’s see what the main advantages are:
1. Scalability and flexibility
Custom software solutions adapt to the growth of your organization. They easily accommodate process changes, increased workloads and any additional integrations you may have. The software’s flexibility allows your company to expand as much as it is necessary to meet your business’ needs and objectives.
Although the initial cost can seem higher as compared to off-the-shelf software, in the long run it will prove to be less expensive as licensing, upgrade and subscription costs will no longer be present. Also when comparing costs between off-the-shelf and bespoke, usually costs and setup, customization and support are not presented in the off-the-shelf-solutions. When added up, you can see why bespoke is the way to go.
3. Complete ownership
Having your own software distinguishes your business and gives you full control over your developed solution. It’s yours and you decide how and where it is implemented, and you have full rights over it. You can use it for as many employees as you need, and you don’t need to worry about additional costs or upgrades. It is you who decides if it needs additional features of customizations.
4. Fast integration
Deciding to create a solution that meets your organizational needs allows you make all the necessary integrations from the beginning, according to the existing hardware and systems that your business currently uses. There are no limitations as to what you can do with your own software.
Security is another major benefit of bespoke software development. As you are the only one using that application and you have complete control over it, a hacker attack is less likely to take place. As compared with off-the-shelf software where hackers can exploit well-known issues and vulnerabilities easier. A tailor-made software that is only used internally cuts down the risk of attacks.
You are in complete control of your developed solution as the owner of the application. You can easily implement new changes and additional features according to your business’ growth or your clients’ requirements. Also, when you have omplete control over your software solution, it is you who can solve any issues that may arise and you don’t need to depend on external help.
By developing a bespoke software that best suits your business’ needs and requirements, you have a competitive advantage as you are the only one that can benefit from the developed solution. You can easily differentiate yourself from your competition by having a unique and a better product dedicated entirely to your business.
Bespoke software development is a great investment long-term, an investment in both your work and in the future of your business, and therefore a smart business strategy to invest in. Choose Bard Tech to support you throughout the development of your software project and helps you achieve a solution that perfectly suits your needs and works in the interest of your business’ objectives.
A server is a computer system that allows users within your business to access documents, software applications, or other resources via one central network hub, and allows you to manage users’ access to such things.
If your company regularly collaborates on projects, or if multiple people in your business need to have access to the same documents, data sets, or resources, then you might benefit from having a server.
Some common software applications, like QuickBooks, require a server if more than one person needs access to that application. However, thanks to the rise of cloud computing, many businesses have been able to utilize cloud-based solutions to deliver server-like functionality rather than maintaining a local server.
Now, which option is right for you?
There is no “one size fits all” solution for these issues, and, ultimately, you will have to decide for yourself whether having a server makes sense within your enterprise.
The Benefits of Having A Server
1. When you have a server, you have a computer that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
2. Some businesses—particularly small ones—will try to get away with using PCs as their servers. While it is possible to use a PC to deliver some server-like functionality, it cannot provide the full value of a true server. A true server should be able to run all the time, should have multiple hard drive slots (allowing for data backup and redundancy), and should be ready to scale to future growth. A PC might act convincingly enough as a server for a very small office, but it is not reliable enough to be used as a server in the long term—especially in a growing enterprise.
3. Ultimately, the biggest benefits of a server are convenience and reliability. Having one central repository to manage the identity of all users and to store all company files, application data, and other resources ensures that every team member will have access to what they need when they need it.
The Drawbacks of Having a Server
The biggest drawbacks to having a server, as you might expect, have to do with cost and maintenance.
It costs money to purchase the server hardware and software and components to make it work. Installation, setup, and maintenance (including troubleshooting, updates, and ongoing monitoring), are highly technical and often time-consuming tasks that typically require ongoing IT support.
Physical space may also be a constraint to having an on-site server. Servers are typically larger and can be noisier than smaller computers. They also require some degree of temperature control to run at peak performance, and ought to be secured in a locked room, or at least a locked server rack.
If your company doesn’t have an IT team or sufficient space to house a server, having a server—at least an on-premises server—might not be a realistic option.
Server alternatives: Office-365, Google Suite, AWS solutions (Amazons cloud based servers), Microsoft Azure hosted solutions, dedicated server hosting, other cloud-based options.
Make Your Business Hassle-Free With a Server Upgrade
With a dedicated server or cloud server, you save your business the cost and hassle of having to buy, install, maintain, and upgrade an on-premise server. Some companies still prefer to operate their own servers—whether due to compliance concerns or simply because they have done so for so long and are used to it. However, cloud hosting and dedicated server hosting are especially popular for small or medium-sized businesses that don’t have the cash or IT resources to manage on-premise servers.
Ultimately, most companies can benefit from having a server of some sort. The bigger question is about which type of server is right for your business.
For help finding the answer, get in touch with Bard Tech today.