Software Development consultancies are often misunderstood for charging a lot of money for a fairly intangible product and this can instantly make people back away. However, expensiveness depends on your perspective of what a lot of money is. A lot relative to what?
Software can’t be boxed up and delivered to you by a chosen courier, it’s pretty much intangible and for some, it feels a little strange when there’s a very tangible invoice that comes with it. It also doesn’t help that software cost varies dramatically from completely free to absolutely extortionate.
With bespoke software development, your money is buying the hard work of people. It takes skilled developers, business analysts and project managers to make great software.
The next time you utter the words ‘bespoke is too expensive’, consider the difference it could make to your organisation. Stack it up against your next five years total projected revenue and expenditure, it should look a lot smaller. If it delivered a 10/20% improvement in your takings or outgoings or both, would that look like a decent ROI?
Software investments go further and deliver more benefits when you invest time thinking it through prior to even approaching a software development company. Here are four things you can do to start with that won’t cost a penny.
- Work out why you want the software
You don’t need to have the technical answers, just imagine the opportunities for delivering a digital transformation in your organisation. What ideas do you have? What are market leading companies doing?
- Identify short, medium and long term objectives
You’re the expert on your organisation, and any self-respecting development house will be keen to quiz you about where you’re taking it next. Objectives, KPI’s and business plans are all things that don’t always get properly documented, particularly in small or new organisations.
- Map out your business processes
These are rarely documented, but can reveal inefficiencies that would otherwise be impossible to spot. Which parts are replicated or paper-based? What governs the performance of a process? Which aspects are already automated?
- Do some basic user research
If your intended software is for customers to use, how much do you already know about their preferences and habits and how much are you assuming? For internal users, think about things from their perspective.
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