Also known as tailor-made or custom software, it can be suitable for every kind of commercial enterprise. This could be small firms like sole traders to much larger global corporations.
What custom software means
Custom software is specifically designed for an individual, person, business or organization. Working closely with a client, developers research exactly what the client needs. This process is called ‘requirements gathering’.
Typically, when a client pays for the software to be built, they own the entire product. This means the client is free to use and distribute the software as they wish.
The software can be added to as much as the client wishes it to as their business grows. This is the real advantage of going bespoke.
What custom software isn’t
Custom software is not available to buy from a commercial retailer or wholesaler. For instance, a competitor will not be able to purchase it.
Once a bespoke piece of software is created and paid for, it will not be available to buy on the open market. It will be made specifically to the client’s requested features and functionality requirements.
Who buys custom software?
Custom software can be purchased by any size of business. This could be an individual sole trader, or a small to medium enterprise, a large corporation or organization, including local authorities.
But all have one thing in common – the software they’re currently using isn’t fitting their business processes adequetly enough to get the job done.
How does custom software differ from other kinds?
The main difference is that bespoke business software is not created before it is purchased, it is ordered and then developed.
Most other business software is licensed from the developers or purchased through a software vendor. Because this software is commissioned, it belongs solely to the company, organization or individual that orders it. Importanly, this includes the intellectual property rights (IP).
With ready-made software, the IP belongs to the developers of the software product.