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BESPOKE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

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What is Bespoke Software?

Bespoke software is software made specifically to suit particular business requirements. Unlike off-the-shelf solutions, custom software is more efficient, better supported, and highly adaptive.

At Entrance Consulting, we take on bespoke software development projects of various complexity. Our experienced team of qualified developers works closely together with your representatives to ensure 100% satisfaction with the final product.

The key benefits of choosing custom software development
over off the shelf software include:

  • Lifetime support from the bespoke development team vs the possibility of discontinued support.
  • Ability to integrate bespoke solutions as per your business needs and add only the required features designed specifically for your exact requirements.
  • Possibility to add functionality to the bespoke app as your company needs change or cutting edge technologies emerge.
  • Full control of added functionality to your bespoke solution without the need to worry about licensing.
  • A competitive edge over other businesses that don’t have access to bespoke application development.

Overall, bespoke software is like custom clothing. While off-the-shelf suits may look fine, they never fit as perfectly as bespoke business suits do.

Taking advantage of custom tailored software can help your business stay on top of the other companies and improve its bottom line.

Our Bespoke Software Development Services

At Entrance, we can help you obtain top-notch bespoke software solutions for your business. Our dedicated team offers the following set of services aimed at achieving 100% satisfaction.

Mobile application development

Mobile applications are a significant part of success in many industries, including oil & gas, manufacturing, and healthcare. When you decide to take full advantage of mobile development and mobile apps, our professional team is here to help.

Bespoke web development

Bespoke web applications can help your company meet a variety of goals. These apps can also improve employee satisfaction by giving your team members comprehensive access to data on the go. We assist with creating customer portals that play a major role in customer satisfaction for many companies.

Even though everyone is currently online, offline apps are highly important for many industries, especially oil & gas since drilling sites are often in remote locations. We build bespoke mobile software that can work without an internet connection.

Cloud app development

With cloud technologies becoming an important part of business processes across the world, adding cloud applications to your technology stack is an excellent way to improve your company’s efficiency. At Entrance, we specialize in cloud app and software development for your company’s needs.

Windows bespoke software development

Working in the Windows environments is often essential to fulfilling your business needs. From automation to modernization, we handle all the aspects of bespoke software development in Windows. Even though Windows apps aren’t as popular as they used to be, they are great for improving the customer experience for clients who prefer this OS over other options.

SaaS applications are highly popular in many industries that need mobile online commercial software to be available online 24/7. SaaS apps are an excellent addition to your current software offering, helping you increase the satisfaction of your target audience. They can also replace your legacy systems and take the company to a new level.

Overall, at Entrance, we are developing bespoke software solutions of all shapes and sizes. If you are looking for a perfect solution that can increase productivity for your company, you need bespoke software services.

Why you should choose bespoke software for your company?

The benefits of custom software development are overwhelming.  When you hire a software development company to work on your application, you take a huge step toward improving business efficiency.

By answering the following questions, you can figure out whether you are ready for bespoke software solutions:

  • Is your team overwhelmed with repetitive tasks?
  • Do you buy new off-the-shelf apps every time you need additional functionality?
  • Is your technology stack inflated?
  • Are all the programs you work with easily integrated with each other?
  • Does your current software solve all business problems?
  • Are your employees happy with your current software?
  • Does your software spending feel out of control?

If you are spending too much on off-the-shelf solutions that don’t offer comprehensive assistance and take a toll on your employees, you are ready to start working with a custom software development company.

Our Bespoke Software Development Process

Our custom software development process is unique for each client. We work closely with each company to evaluate its needs and come up with the best bespoke solution.

  • Understanding the company’s requirements
  • Analysis of company’s requirements
  • Architectural and technical design
  • Coding and development
  • Implementation
  • Testing
  • Maintenance
  • Quality assurance
  • Support

We stay in contact with our clients throughout the entire process to make changes if necessary. Our development methods are flexible enough to ensure full satisfaction while maintaining top custom software integrity.

Why Choose Entrance?

Entrance is one of the leading bespoke software development companies in Houston, Dallas, and Denver. Our unique approach to bespoke development coupled with highly experienced professionals allows us to provide top-notch results to companies across many industries.

Industry expertise that we’ve gained over the past decades helps dive straight into the development process without taking the time to study industry requirements.

If you want a detailed, professional, and unique approach to bespoke app development, we are here to help.

Software Development Methodologies We Use

At Entrance, we adjust the software development process to the needs of our clients. As soon as you provide project details and company requirements, we can evaluate the data and come up with the most useful software development methodology for your business case.

Agile Methodology

In the majority of cases, we recommend using Agile methodology. It’s an adaptable framework that often fits the bill  when we don’t know the full requirements at the beginning of the project. The methodology allows us to make course corrections to the requirements when the project is already running.

During the development process, our clients can learn more about the technology solutions they need based on their experience and testing with the in-development system. We make adjustments according to the new input without disrupting the development process.

This is possible because the Agile methodology development process is divided into smaller phases called sprints.

Between the sprints, we discuss and demonstrate the work completed during the previous sprint and evaluate the features to be added during the next one.  Any changes to the requirements based on new information or changing business requirements are added at that time, just before the feature is implemented.

Agile methodology allows our development team to work together with the client to ensure transparency into our process and reduce risk throughout the development life-cycle.

Waterfall Methodology

The waterfall methodology is a classic way to develop software for our clients. While this approach is not popular today and lacks Agile’s flexibility, it can yield excellent results. If the client provides extensive details up front about the software they need, we can save time by designing and developing the product with linear project management.

Unlike the Agile methodology which divides the development process into stages, the Waterfall approach creates a full-scale project plan to suit the initial requirements and completes the development cycle accordingly. 

With this method, the development team doesn’t collaborate with the client closely since one stage of the project organically cascades into the next one (hence, the name waterfall). When the software is ready, the development team launches it as a finished product and gathers feedback. 

At this point, a second project can be started to create the next version of the program, with new or adjusted features, also planned and designed as a complete, discrete product change.

The MVP Approach

At Entrance, we can also practice a highly efficient MVP (minimum viable product) approach. This framework iinvolves building a product that satisfies the most basic needs of the target audience and launching it for our clients.

Once the software starts running, we collect valuable feedback about its operation and make relevant changes in real time. Taking advantage of the MVP approach cuts the costs of software development significantly.

Since you are making smaller changes according to the feedback all along the way , you avoid the high costs of redeveloping the final product. MVP allows you to maximize the efficiency of the application and achieve faster results.

Software Development Technologies

At Entrance, we stay on top of the latest software development technologies and implement them according to the needs of our clients. Some of the current technologies that we employ include:

Microsoft .NET Framework Technologies

Software development network that allows us to build software for Windows. This includes ASP.Net, WCF, MauiS

Microsoft Azure Technologies

A comprehensive set of technologies that help us build databases, create web apps, develop mobile apps, and create interconnected services all living in the cloud and running on hardware and software managed by a dedicated staff of Microsoft employees.

Tools that assist with comprehensive database development.

We closely monitor the needs of our clients and the available technologies with the goal of developing efficient apps across many industries.

Industries We Develop Software For

At Entrance, we have experience working with businesses of different sizes across many industries, including:

  • Oil & Gas  
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Professional services
  • Non-profits

Regardless of the industry you are in, you need custom software that takes care of your core business operations. Even if you have a less-than-perfect understanding of what your business needs from a custom app, you can still start the development process.

Our software development experts have extensive experience with software in many industries. They can make valuable suggestions and guide you through the process smoothly.

What is Custom Software?

Custom software is where software is created specifically for an organization’s needs. It helps prioritize the specific issues they’re faced with and often provides a more specialized and effective solution that’s flexible to changing needs.

While most businesses rely heavily on standardized, off-the-shelf software to handle a variety of operations (known as line of business or LoB applications), when an organization needs software that isn’t readily available, they’ll turn to custom software development services to develop a tool that’s tailored to their unique requirements. 

Alternately, organizations may want to create and deploy a client-facing tool for either desktop or mobile, one that delivers a customer experience unique to that business. Or, the business model itself may center around the sales of the particular application, and they’ll need a particular software engineering skillset to design and create it. 

Why use custom-built software? In most cases, using tailor-made software offers many advantages, including:

  • Speed. From concept to implementation, custom software can often be created much faster than modifying or trying to work with off-the-shelf products. Companies may also be able to use their own staff rather than hiring a third-party developer.
  • Control. Custom software is built specifically for one company’s purposes. It will not include unnecessary features and will be more intuitive because it was built with the knowledge of its users’ unique processes.
  • Flexibility. An off-the-shelf product won’t necessarily meet specific company needs — and in some cases, the company may need a product that no one has created yet. This makes custom software an ideal solution when a traditional product cannot solve a problem.

The Growth of Custom Software

In recent years, organizations have increasingly chosen to create custom software that is unique to their needs. 

A study by IDC found that the average cost for custom development work was $176,000, but the average return on investment for those projects was $4 million. And in 2022, with the rise in the use of Kubernetes-led container technology to facilitate computing platforms, over 62% of financial services and telecommunications companies are investing heavily in developing their own proprietary applications. 

Types of Custom Software

Custom software is developed to fulfill the unique needs of a business. It could be a mobile application, enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, industry-specific, or a cloud-based application, to name a few.

Single-purpose vs Multipurpose vs Hybrid

Single-purpose Applications

These applications do just one thing, and they do it well. Examples include payroll management, inventory control, and customer relationship management (CRM) systems.

Multipurpose Systems

These are more sophisticated, but they still fit within a single overall category. Some examples include accounting and employee scheduling systems.

Hybrid Applications

These combine features from both single-purpose and multipurpose applications. They may have basic features for a variety of purposes or highly sophisticated features for one purpose that works in conjunction with other software programs.

Custom Software by Role

Industry-Specific Applications

Many industries have unique regulatory, logistical, or operational requirements that govern how they’ll operate. Because of this, it’s often more efficient for say, an engineering or construction firm to have software developed from the ground up that is able to handle their particular workflows. For that reason, the developer will usually have extensive experience within the industry and will apply that knowledge when creating the application(s).

Offline Synchronization

While most organizations are online 24/7, there may be times when data needs to be able to synchronize seamlessly when an internet connection isn’t available. To that end, offline data synchronization is a growing area of need, with businesses wanting to ensure that data and reporting are always up-to-date.

Cloud-Based Apps

More and more businesses are opting to use cloud-based environments, which is why cloud-based apps are growing exponentially. These are typically designed to work with cloud frameworks such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. 

Other Examples of Custom Software

Some other examples of areas where custom software is commonly used include:

  • Accounting systems
  • Administration/Management 
  • Configuration Management Tools 
  • Database software (to work with SQL, Oracle, etc)
  • Development tools (allowing programmers to create their own applications)
  • Project Management/Collaboration Tools 
  • Version Control Systems 
  • IT Infrastructure Support Tools 
  • Load Testing
  • Security (Firewalls, intrusion detection systems, mobile device security encryption, threat protection, etc)

The Benefits of Custom Software Development

There are many reasons why a business might want to develop custom software. Here are the most common:

  • Software development companies create custom software for clients with complex and unique needs. This can include web applications, which are used on the internet, and desktop applications, which are used by one user on a single computer.
  • Some companies develop custom software that is designed to be resold to other customers. They might have the software developed in-house or outsource it to a software development company.
  • One-of-a-kind solution: Custom software is built specifically for a business and tailored to meet exact needs. Off-the-shelf programs can’t do that; they’re generic solutions designed to serve the masses. One advantage of having a custom solution is that it makes the most of your investment – because it’s designed to match your needs, you won’t have to spend time adapting the program or making changes once it’s in place.
  • Accurate data: Because custom software is designed specifically for your business, you’ll be able to get more accurate data than you could with off-the-shelf solutions. 
  • Security: custom software allows you to maintain security over vital data. Applications like database management systems and file encryption programs allow you to keep private information secure from prying eyes so that only the right people have access to it at any given time.

Custom Software Development Cost

Custom software development is a highly technical process, with a wide array of variables affecting the cost. Some of the primary factors that will influence the cost of custom software development include:

  • The type and size of the project (a small project for a mobile phone costs less than a big project for an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system)
  • The number and skill sets of developers required to develop the software
  • Licenses and other fees, such as annual support (if applicable)
  • Fees or software upgrades
  • Hardware costs (if applicable)
  • Training and implementation costs 
  • Other hidden costs may also exist, such as employee overtime or additional employees required due to strict project development time constraints
  • The geographical location of developers

Typically, custom software development costs can range anywhere from a low of $30,000 to $40,000 with an upper limit in the hundreds of thousands depending on the scope of the project.

The Custom Software Development Process

An Iterative Development Approach

Custom software development is the process of designing, writing, testing, and debugging applications. It is highly flexible and separated into various iterative methodologies such as Agile or Waterfall. Development is a collaborative process in which the customer and the custom software development team work together throughout the project lifecycle.

The method that works best for your project depends on the size of the team, the available schedule, and whether you’re building a new application from scratch or customizing an existing one.

Custom Software Development Life Cycle

The process of custom software development at Entrance follows several stages: Envision, Plan, Build, Stabilize, Deploy

Envision and Plan

A project starts with defining the client’s needs. This stage involves gathering requirements, business analysis, and technical analysis to create the first draft of a product specification document.

Build

Once the specification document has been approved by the client, it is used as the blueprint for creating a working prototype. The product owner and developers work together to create a feature-complete, but non-functional application.

Stabilize

Once all features are developed and tested, they are integrated into a full application that can be evaluated by the client. At this stage, all issues should be fixed and corrected before moving on to the next phase of testing.

Deployment

This stage includes packaging and delivering of application to clients, training users on its usage, support for users, bug fixes, and maintenance updates.

What to Consider When Hiring Custom Software Development Company

It’s critically important to consider the following factors when deciding which type of software is best suited for your business:

  • The Budget
  • Design and Functionality
  • The Skill Level of the Developer
  • The Timeframe for the Development

Businesses that are looking for custom software development services can choose several avenues. Hiring a dedicated in-house developer is an excellent option for businesses that are looking for high-end software solutions with great functionality, and don’t have the time or resources to manage the project in a hands-on fashion. 

Alternatively, going with an in-house team can allow businesses to control every aspect of the process, from design to development. While it’s a much more hands-on approach, if the right personnel are in place and it’s a well-managed project, it can ultimately, save money.

However, hiring an in-house team may not be a viable option depending on the size and complexity of the project. As such, outsourcing custom software development work might be a better option for most businesses. The cost savings associated with outsourcing coupled with the ease of use and control that comes with having an external team handle all aspects of the project could be a win-win

The Question to Ask Before Choosing a Custom Software Developer

  • What type of software will you be developing? Will it be web-based, a desktop application, or both? What kind of functionality do you need? Are there any pre-existing products that may suit your needs?
  • What are your timeframes for delivery and functionality? How long do you have to complete the project? What features must it include? When would it be fully operational?
  • How much does the custom software cost to develop? The more complex and intricate the project is, the greater the cost will be. Are there any additional fees for maintenance and support after development has been completed? Is there an option for future updates and enhancements at a later stage in the project’s life cycle?
  • How much will your budget stretch to cover the costs of developing custom software for your company? Can you afford the best and brightest developers with years of experience under their belts or will you settle for someone cheaper who lacks
  • How long do you have to complete the project? What features must it include? When would it be fully operational?

Custom Software Development: Highly Tailored to Your Business Needs

At the end of the day, custom software development is not for every business. There’s much to consider before deciding to choose a tailored software solution versus an off-the-shelf application. However, if your business is constrained by industry-specific requirements, hardware limitations, or requires a specialized set of functions, a custom software solution from Entrance Consulting may be the way route to choose.

 

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