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Difference Between a Ready-Made and a Custom Designed Software
(Sajeel Ahmad 23/2/2015)

There are two broad categories of software. One is the ready-made software which is ready to roll the minute you slide the installation CD in the drive and the other is software which is built to your specification. There is a world of difference between the two and the usability of the two types is also considerably different. A quick look at the core differences between the two can help you decide which one is for you:

Price: One of the biggest differences is the price. A ready-made product is usually reasonably priced whereas a customized product can be relatively expensive to build. The logic is quite simple - the cost of development of the ready-made product is distributed over a number of buyers and thus the pricing is spread over the number of licenses that will be sold. The customized software product on the other hand is made just for one buyer and thus the entire cost of development has to be borne by one customer. One might think that if the option of an ready-made software product is available, why would one go for a customized development?

Generic build: The answer to the above question is again quite simple. A ready-made product is made for a wide range of audience. Thus the development team has to provide a set design as well as a pre-defined framework. Since the product is ready to use, it may not cater to the exact requirement of all organizations. Usually there are some adjustments that an existing organization will need to make in order to implement a ready-made product. This disadvantage is the biggest advantage in the case of customized software. Customized software picks up current processes and builds an electronic framework to automate them. There is no requirement to change any processes and people can usually get used to the software within a few days. Customized software provides flexibility as well for the organization to tinker around with the software and fine tune it for better performance.

However, ready-made software purchasing decisions are not always a matter of cost and flexibility. There are many benefits which accrue when using an ready-made product as well. Firstly it allows you to get automated in a jiffy. The product has been suitably tested before being sold and you are saved a lot of pain and hassle which you might have with customized software. Many ready-made products offer a money back guarantee if the software does not serve your purpose. This makes the investment in the software safe. The same cannot be said for all customized software!


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