Chickenlip's programming group specializes in creating custom software solutions using a variety of development tools both for the desktop and for the internet.
There are many third-party software packages available for organizations to use in their day-to-day business.
It is impossible for the developers of these third-party packages to anticipate the needs of every organization that will be using their software. Each organization is different in one way or another and shouldn't be forced to change its business practices drastically in order to use pre-packaged software.
Chickenlip prides itself on being able to understand business practices of organizations in order to develop software specifically for the organization. This software enhances the organization instead of hindering it. This is the basis of custom software.
Depending on the nature of the software, it is possible that the price for developing customized software will be greater than that of a third -party software package. This may be a mitigating factor in purchasing pre-packaged software instead of developing a custom software, but consider this:
Custom software is designed specifically to meet the business requirements of your organization. The processes and functionality in the software are designed in such a way that your organization does not need to drastically change its business practices in order to use the software.
In some cases, however, the process of developing software actually forces your organization to implement policy for specific tasks. For example, the software being developed needs specific customer information in order to work correctly, but the organization wasn't using standard forms for getting data from customers. Because of this stipulation in the software, the organization was forced to create and use a specific customer information form to get the customer information required. This form became part of company policy and has increased the productivity of the organization.
Another benefit in choosing a custom software solution is that the software can be expanded with new functionality as your company grows. Pre-packaged software is often rigid in its feature list, and unless the developer of the software decides that it is a benefit to everyone who uses it, changes will rarely be implemented.
Custom software can be a considerable investment, but in the long term, the investment makes the organization work smarter and harder than before.