TOO BESPOKE: HOW TO MAKE SOFTWARE THAT WORKS IN THE LONG TERM
We love to talk about how great bespoke software solutions and how almost everyone should use them for their business. There is no doubt – they are indeed brilliant, but it is not realistically possible to make a perfect piece of software, no matter how hard you try. One such caveat of bespoke of software stems from its biggest advantage: a bespoke database software can be made exactly for your company, to fit like a glove, and thus it fits no one else. Not even your company if your staff or your company changes.
Experienced developers know that even the most bespoke software needs to be flexible and customizable to a degree where it is inclusive and accessible to all the employees and all the stages of the company’s growth.
For inexperienced software developers it is an easy pitfall to stumble upon – spending so much time to understand how your client’s business operates, to comprehend the needs and wants of the staff and the management, and then spent months designing and developing a solution that meets those needs puts developers in a biased position where it is possible to miss the big picture.
By the “Big Picture” we mean the natural growth and change that happens to any company at different stages of its life. The needs and the composition of the staff and management change, and new people will come in, sooner or later. It would be a shame if only the staff that was present during development would know how to use the bespoke software database.
That’s why experienced developers know that even the most bespoke software needs to be flexible and customizable to a degree where it is inclusive and accessible to all the employees and all the stages of the company’s growth.
This flexibility should be presented in a friendly and accessible UI and UX, where every design decision, every button is located and works intuitively in every possible scenario. When it is present at the conceptual level and was designed with this intent, it is always easier to implement and modify the necessary upgrades and changes.
Software developers that have been long enough on the market know that going the extra mile is always appreciated. Tentacle Solution can provide online training for your employees on how to handle the database and maintain a 24/7 online help to deal with any issue any time. You’re never left alone with your troubles and their specialists always come to the rescue.
Playing the long game
Choosing an experienced software development house takes time, but ultimately it sends the message that you have a long-term vision for your company and you care about your employees.
If any of the above has got you worried about your bespoke software database and its longevity and accessibility in the long-term, you can always arrange a consultation with the specialists from Tentacle Solutions. With more than twenty years on the market, their team knows how to come up with a database solution that will last for years.