I’ll never forget the day my beautiful Puerto Rican wife discovered her favorite brand of jeans came out with a new product – specifically for curvy bodies.  Strangers passing by must have thought she won the lottery!  What was all the fuss about?  For years she had settled for jeans that were baggy in one place and too tight in others.  The new jeans actually fit!

Too many organizations have software systems that are like my wife’s old jeans: sure, they were pants – but she never felt good wearing them.  Custom software development fits your organization, letting your team focus on getting things done – in a way that feels right.

How is your software solution feeling?  If you’re questioning whether it’s time to look for a better fit, reflect on these questions:

  • Are you spending too much time and money customizing your off-the-shelf solution – and still have to settle for work-arounds?
  • Are you tired of paying increasing license fees every year?
  • Do you wish you could use part of one system and part of another to get the perfect tool?
  • If “the system” worked the way you want it to, would you have a competitive advantage?

If you answered “yes” to two or more of the questions above, it’s worth making an inquiry with a qualified custom software development provider.  A reputable organization will ask a lot of questions about your business and goals.  Be prepared to invest some time in the initial conversation.  It will pay-off by providing a clear answer about continuing down the custom path – and whether the fit is good between you and the provider.

The journey into custom application development will feel very different than buying an off-the shelf application.  It will be both challenging and rewarding.  In the end, don’t be surprised if you find your team operating with a little extra swagger – maybe even like they just slipped into the perfect pair of jeans.

Brian Hanson has been managing operations in a variety of organizations – ranging from banks to churches – for over 20 years. He loves integrating tech to simplify complex processes. If you can’t find him in a project meeting, he may have escaped to his favorite beach in Puerto Rico.