When looking for software there are two options Off-the-shelf and Bespoke Software, below are some of the pros and cons for both.
- Cheaper than bespoke because the development costs are spread across a large number of users.
- The development work has already been done, so all you need to do is set up the software and start using it.
- If it is a commonly used package, users may already be familiar with it, saving on learning time and training costs.
- Off-the-shelf software often has more functionality, because the developers try to meet the requirements of as many users as possible.
- You may have to compromise on your requirements as it is not build exactly to how your business works.
- The software may include functionality that you don’t need, as it is trying to meet the different requirements of a number of users.
- The vendor’s plans for the future may not always fit with your own. As a single customer amongst many, you may not be able to get the features you want implemented.
- Tailored to your business.
- The software will evolve over time with your business.
- No per user costs, as your business grows your user costs wont.
- Your competitors will not have the same software giving you a competitive edge.
- Higher set up costs
- Takes long to set up