Ready-made or custom software? This is a very complex question. Its answer isn’t and shouldn’t be over simplified with a yes-or-no answer. Since this is one frequently asked question from our clients, we decided to explore in depth the values of these particular types of software solutions and where inspection management stands between these two diections.
What is a ready-made software?
Let’s say that you’re looking for an inspection management software for government agency’s needs. The logic dictates that you would find the right solution if taking one of the following pathways:
- to search for an existing product that can solve the inspection problems you’re trying to solve
- to search for an IT company that can build and deliver an inspection software, that is designed according to the requirements you have.
The first pathway is the one that leads to ready-made inspection software. This kind of software solutions are characterized mostly by their flexibility. It means that you can start using the software really fast compared to waiting for building of inspection software from the ground-up.
What is a custom software?
The custom software is a software that is being developed just for you. In this case if you need an inspection software for the public sector, your approach will be to choose a software development company and to start a very long process of requirements gathering and process designing. The building of inspection software from the ground up means that the development company will have to invest significant time in acquiring the knowledge they need for the field they’re about to work on.
Ready-made software vs custom software vs inspection software
Even though ready-made solutions and customs software are two different directions, they may intersect. An intersection point between these two approaches is what we’d call the best solution for the public sector. This is so because when we talk about highly specific niche such as inspection management, a ready-made solution will be able to deliver the specific requirements in the same way that a custom software would. At the same time the ready-made option will provide more value than the custom software development in terms of flexibility and usability.
A ready-made inspection software that has the value of custom-build solution? Does it exist?
Canalix is an inspection management software that is developed based on solid experience in developing optimization solutions for the public sector. That’s why the specific expertise of the development team of Canalix provides the values of a custom software and deliver it with the perks of ready-made solution.
So if we get back to the questions: ready-made or custom software is better for inspection management, the answer will be: it depends. If you’re eager to learn more about the values that Canalix can bring to your inspection & compliance process, contact us now.