What is custom software? Custom software is software that is created specifically for the client. There is this software only once and in exactly the characteristic desired by the client. The term “individual software” is therefore to be used synonymously with “individual software”, “individually programmed software” and “individually developed software”.
A software project often arises as a result of a formulated requirement. Such a requirement can arise from a new or changed business process, for example. However, individual software can also be a necessary component of a modernized or new product. Or an existing software is to be modernized or replaced by a new one.
In-house development versus contract work
Many companies have their own programming department and this creates software on a continuous basis. In this environment, the use of individually programmed software is almost normal. In companies that do not have their own programming department, this possibility does not exist. If there is no in-house know-how available for the development of individual software, they have to fall back on standard software or commission the individual programming externally.
Advantages of individual software
Advantages and application purposes of custom software: Because the new software to be created is tailored exactly to the requirements, only precisely and completely formulated requirements can lead to software that meets the needs. If the requirements are formulated once, the individual programming offers the large advantage that the finished software application contains exactly those functions, which are necessary for the fulfillment of the formulated requirements. The budget invested in software development flows exclusively into the required program functions.
Implementation of the individual programming
An individual software can be developed classically according to the waterfall model or agilely, e.g. according to Scrum. In the classic variant, a realization concept is first created. Based on this, an experienced team of developers can calculate the effort and create a binding schedule in coordination with the available resources. Project controlling has the task of ensuring that the schedule is adhered to. In this way, the projects remain “in time” and “in budget”. This is not always the case with the agile method. On the other hand, programming can be started quickly with agile development.
As support for the field and office staff or as an interface to the customer
Possible uses of custom software
Since individual software is programmed especially for the client, the client receives the source code and the right to modify and distribute the software if the contract is structured accordingly. This means that the customer has an unlimited number of licenses to use the software and this for an unlimited period of use. For this reason, custom software is often less expensive than standard software.
An individually programmed software is supposed to support the business processes of the client and is often used within the company. However, there is also the case that the software is used by customers, suppliers or other business partners. More and more often, individually programmed software is also marketed as a component of a product. The bundle of software with hardware often results in independent, higher-value products. A typical example is the navigation software of a vehicle. However, there is also other hardware, such as digital valves, linear controls and pumps, which can be enhanced by commissioning software.
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