Custom Software Development
Custom Software vs Off the Shelf Software
Generally speaking, there are two categories of software. One of them is off-the-shelf software, which is a pre-packaged "one size fits all" solution that may meet all the necessary requirements. But sometimes one size does not fit all and a tailored software solution is needed; custom software that is developed specifically for you, to deliver the highest level of functionality, usability, and performance.
Businesses will often seek the services of a custom software developer to:
- Be more competitive
- Improve response times and customer loyalty
- Streamline processes, gain efficiencies and cost savings
- Match existing ways of operation
If your business is unique, and you cannot find an ‘off the shelf’ system that fulfils your needs, custom software will solve your problem.
An off the shelf software system does not fit every business structure (like the proverbial square peg in the round hole), so it is best to find the right fit, rather than force a mismatch.
Mintec had a number of clients who came with challenging problems that were crying out for ingenious solutions. Their business models are totally unique. Bespoke software was the only option.
The examples below outline large projects that required and benefited from a total custom software solution.
But if your business only needs some minor adjustments to shape what you have into a better fit for your business, see our custom business software page for project examples like these.
Custom Software - Previous Projects
Background: The control and reporting needs of emergency services incident management is unique and calls for a clever, custom solution.
What was required: The MFB needed a system that would accurately record and report on serious incidents. Tight control with no margin for error was a critical characteristic, as the information may be needed for inquests in the future.
Background: NuGenes offers artificial breeding services, in this case the focus was on fertilising cows. This required a representative to be at the farm 281 days prior to when the calves are due to be born to do the artificial insemination. Not only that but they needed to visit the cows 7 times prior to the AI event and check on the cows several times afterwards.
What was required: NuGene needed to ensure that they had the relevant skilled people at the right farm on the right day and the right time (often 4 am). The farms were scattered all over country Victoria. This basically produced a scheduling problem and they had to find a scheduling application that would be flexible enough to cover these difficult conditions.