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bespoke vs off the shelf software solutions blog

When managing a business, it is crucial to have the right software for both the business and the team to sustainably grow. Whether you’re looking to improve productivity, generate more leads or create a seamless user experience, the decision to opt for a specifically developed software solution or a ready-made system can be difficult. This blog will explore the pros and cons of bespoke software solutions…  

What is ‘bespoke’ software?

Bespoke software is a solution developed from scratch, tailored to fulfil specific requirements for your company. Unlike a ready-made system or ‘off-the-shelf’ software package that applies a ‘one fits all’ approach, designed to be compatible with any business.  


Off-the-shelf solutions are, in some ways, the ‘easier’ option. They are quicker to implement as there is often little or no personalisation or manpower needed to ensure requirements are met. These solutions are typically a mass production of previously successful systems. Due to the time spent building and testing a tailor-made solution, the price is usually higher initially. However, bespoke solutions are often more cost-efficient in the long run due to the reasons outlined below. Ultimately, ready-made systems are advantageous if they are a short-term solution or if there is a limited need for scalability or versatility.   


The number one advantage of a bespoke software solution is that you don’t have to work around the software, the software works around you. You gain flexibility as you have full control over which features to add or leave out, which software solutions business to use and whether you want an ongoing maintenance package. You get to decide how complex or straightforward the software needs to be, and you get a whole team of developers dedicated to your requirements, so quality is guaranteed. Easy access to modifications ensures that businesses with bespoke systems can accommodate business scalability and also downsize if necessary. 

Another key benefit is the time-saving aspect. There is no need to learn how to navigate any unnecessary features that may come with a general solution. You also have access to maintenance or support so there is no wait for updates, you’re connected to a developer (sometimes a team) that can help with bugfixes, updates, integration and so on. Ultimately, this means that you can focus on the main priorities, team workflow and productivity isn’t disrupted, and your infrastructure is more reliable.

Bespoke systems can be made specifically to meet the needs of your sector. For example, a centralised dashboard to display raw data. This gives you a competitive advantage as many sector-specific businesses operate the same system. Another competitive edge is greater security. If it’s not already, cybersecurity should be a top priority. With bespoke software solutions, you can ensure that your valuable files and data are securely encrypted. A general software system is more vulnerable to cyberattacks and hackers.

How can we help?

Here at Beeta, we apply a three-stage process to developing and delivering bespoke software solutions, designed to take your brand from a concept to an industry contender – brand, build, beyond. Click the link below to learn more about the unique way we work and get in touch now to find out how we can help your business be the best it can be!

Beeta Tech | Bespoke Software Development in Manchester

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