What is Custom Software?

Custom software is:

  • Designed specifically for your department or company
  • Owned by you - not DataCorp
  • Can incorporate features from other software
  • Flexible and upgradeable
  • Built with industry-standard development tools

Custom Software is a computer program or Web site written specifically for your company, according to your company's way of doing business. The opposite of custom software is off-the-shelf software, also known as pre-packaged or pre-written software. One major difference between custom and non-custom software is that with pre-written software, you do not technically own the software - you are paying for the right to use the software (a license), and the amount of money you pay usually increases with the number of users.

With custom software, you own the rights to the software, and you do not pay additional fees to add users. You are free to resell the software to any other party.

Software designed specifically for your company can revolutionize the way you operate and improve your bottom line - by maintaining precise records, eliminating repetitive tasks, sharing information, generating statistical data and much more.

Custom software can be used to combine features from other packages with the features that your company needs, or it can enable you to instantly access the information you need in a format that makes sense for you.

When Custom Software Isn't for You

In some business environments, it is not appropriate to automate every procedure. For instance, if a small bank has built its reputation on the personalized service it offers, it would be counter-productive to make loan decisions based solely on a computer's appraisal. However, such a program could serve as a valuable tool for preliminary evaluations.

One of DataCorp's aims is to help you find the areas where custom software will benefit your business. If automation is not for you, or if there is a more efficient means of accomplishing the savings of time or money that you desire, we will tell you.

Can I afford Custom Software?

If your company can save money and work faster with custom software, the better question is "Can we afford to operate without it for the next five years?"

For a very complicated program, the up-front cost may be considerable. However, you begin to realize benefits from the day the software in installed - and everyday after that. The program will pay for itself in a very short time. If you like, we can even help you identify specific amounts to be saved so that you can target you break-even date.

Examples of Options and Features

  • Data Conversion from your old application to your new one
  • Compatibility with Microsoft OfficeŽ
  • On-line help files or other documentation

The Benefits of Custom Software

There are hundreds of programs on the market that can do almost everything you will ever need to do. So why would you need custom software? Because there are so many programs, serving so many generalized purposes that it is almost impossible to find one program that does exactly what you want it to do.

Many computer users spend a great deal of time manipulating data on Excel spreadsheets, or manually producing Word documents, combining information from a variety of sources. You send reports as attachments to your email, and receive reports in a different format that you might have to incorporate into your files in some way. Perhaps you also incorporate Access or other program as well, and have to cut-and-paste from Word to Excel and back, then somehow produce envelopes for mailings.

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