It’s designed specifically to meet your needs and whilst that aspect of it may appeal to many companies, the perception that it’s going to be much more expensive and
Off-the-shelf software can seem attractive for a number of reasons:
However, there are also disadvantages to an off-the-shelf software package which can create the case for choosing a bespoke software solution instead:
One good example of a bespoke software solution we’ve developed is an online ordering system for a corporate workwear provider. Tailored Image design and create tailored and branded corporate workwear for a wide variety of clients, many of whom employ 1000+ staff across multiple site locations. Their clients operate in all industry sectors including hospitality, tourism, transport, financial, retail and commercial, therefore their uniform needs differ too - a hotel concierge’s uniform requirements are not the same as those of the bus drivers or the bankers they also clothe.
This bespoke software designed allows Tailored Image’s clients’ to order from the same bespoke web platform by accessing a branded uniform wardrobe that is unique to their company. Here they select the appropriate products, sizes and quantities and place their orders. Their Go Ahead London Case Study illustrates how Tailored Image deliver over 12,000 uniforms to clothe over 6000 staff via this bespoke online ordering system.
Among the platform’s many benefits, the system streamlines order processes, reduces turnaround times, cuts down on administration time, and also enables the company to win new clients. Based on these results, the return on investment for Tailored Image is now significantly greater than the time and costs involved in planning and developing the system.
Your decision regarding which software to choose for your business will often depend on the activities you need to fulfil. For standard processes that are common to many companies, a suitable off the shelf software package may already exist and work just fine. But, if your tasks or objectives are more complex and unique to your team – like those of Tailored Image, bespoke software will present a better solution and a greater long-term return on investment. The advice we’d give to anyone who is assessing their software options is this - prioritise value over cost and think long-term.
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