The importance of problem-solving skills in the workplace can't be overstated. In all businesses, problems arise. From entry-level hires to senior managers, every one of your employees will encounter problems that a quick Google search can't resolve.
Technology has significantly improved working conditions, streamlining tedious and environmentally wasteful processes, increasing productivity, and making working from anywhere more accessible. It has also brought attention to new problems that the current workforce is ill-equipped to deal with.
Businesses are under immense pressure to adopt innovative digital solutions to tackle the ever-evolving challenges.
The buy or build debate has raged on for the past few years, with organisations torn between designing bespoke software or buying off the shelf products to meet their business requirements. As with most things, both options have their advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages and disadvantages of off-the-shelf products
Advantages and disadvantages of off-the-shelf products.
There are many advantages to off the shelf software:
- It is considerably cheaper than building bespoke software.
- It takes little time to implement, making it a quick option.
- Abundant customer reviews are available as well as advice from existing users.
While there are many advantages of off-the-shelf products, the truth is that they are commercial products that are made to work for as many people as possible. And when a product is made for the mass market, it simply cannot satisfy every person's every need.
And with so many off-the-shelf products to choose from, finding the right product for your business can be time-consuming and, unfortunately, far too often fails.
More often than not, businesses, having run out of time, end up choosing a subpart product that meets most of their requirements. But why? Why settle for just "most" of your requirements? We should expect more from our products. Demand ALL your requirements are met in the way you want and need them.
And while off-the-shelf software is ostensibly the cheaper option, it can cost you more long-term. This is due to persistent fees for using the product, such as licensing and the cost of additional users.
Advantages and disadvantages of bespoke software
Bespoke software is simply a software solution that has been built to your specific business requirements. Bespoke software, often called "custom software" or "tailored software", is completely custom made and tailored to your business.
There are many advantages to bespoke products:
- It provides a unique, individual solution for your business.
- You have complete control over development time and pace.
- It gives you a competitive advantage and better security.
The most obvious disadvantage to developing bespoke software is the cost. Because the software solution is built from scratch, it takes time and expertise to design and code a solution that meets your needs. This means that the upfront cost can be very high. Similarly, it can take a considerably long time to design and implement bespoke software than a commercial solution. This is unavoidable due to the custom-built nature of the product.
The solution? Low code.
So, both off-the-shelf and bespoke products have their advantages and disadvantages – where does that leave us now? What is the solution?
Low code is the solution for many organisations racing to accelerate innovation and enhance competitiveness in today's digital world.
Low code is a visual approach to software development that optimises the entire development process to accelerate delivery. With low code, you can automate every step of the application lifecycle to streamline the deployment of various solutions, making the process flexible and quicker to deliver.
It is also a much more affordable option for many businesses. Perpetual licensing means you just pay once - and then that's it! Get the application you want and need without the recurring fees you get with off-the-shelf products.
The most significant advantage of low code is the ease of using it. Coding can be a challenging, cumbersome process. Low coding helps by making coding less burdensome and reducing the time-spent building digital solutions. Whatsmore, low-code automation solutions require little to no coding knowledge. Regardless of your technical expertise, you can play a crucial role in accelerating the digital transformation within your organisation, and you can be the solutions superhero your business desperately needs.
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