It goes without saying that every business owner is looking for something to make them stand out from their competitors. Whilst having a unique value proposition will help to answer why your customer should buy from you, it is important to provide a solution to the problems your customers may have. Here at Lyke, our mission is to create bespoke IT systems or digital solutions to set you apart from the competition, and help your business grow to the next level.
Differentiating Your Business
A bespoke software solution could be the tool in your business that helps you to offer something different from others within your industry. It doesn’t have to necessarily be customer-facing software either, it is all about automating processes within your business to allow you to allocate your time to the revenue-generating tasks. A bespoke software solution could be something which helps your dispatch team fulfil a customer request more efficiently.
It Starts With A Database
After we have taken the time to understand what it is that you require in order to scale your business, developing a bespoke software solution starts with the all-important database. Many organisations that we work with are stuck in the traditional ways of paper filing, so the first transition is to move everything onto a digital cloud so it is easily accessible.
From there, we will work with you to put together a ‘requirements’ document which details the core business objectives. We then start to piece together why you require a bespoke software solution, and how this aligns to the overall goals of your business. For example, do you need some software that can transform a simple Excel spreadsheet into a branded PDF? This could be sent straight out to your suppliers without the need for human interaction. Therefore, allowing you to reallocate your staff to those jobs which will generate a higher return on investment.
We will also run through the core features and functions that you require from the bespoke solution, to ensure that the end product is going to be exactly as you had visualised it. We work very closely with our clients throughout the entire software development build, and our feedback process ensures regular communication too.
Getting Down To Business
Cost is the most important factor for any business owner. When the phrase ‘bespoke software solution’ comes into a conversation, most people will automatically think there is a high amount of spend associated with it. This is not always the case though. It is more important to think of a bespoke solution as a long-term investment that is going to generate a return in a short period of time. Whilst the initial outlay may seem a little daunting, you have to think about how much money you will have saved using a bespoke solution, and how much quicker your internal processes will be a result
Due to the advancements in technology and the availability of development tools, developing a bespoke software solution does not necessarily have to be that expensive. You may be surprised to hear that it can often be cheaper than buying commercial off-the-shelf software (COTS). There is no single solution when it comes to software, so it is important to look at the advantages and disadvantages of both COTS and bespoke software solutions. It may be that you find a commercial system that fits most of your objectives, but may require some bespoke add-on modules too. In some instances, this could be a more cost-effective solution than building a bespoke solution from the ground-up.
How Lyke Can Help
We are a bespoke software company who have worked with many businesses across Lincolnshire and nationally too. By developing innovative software solutions for our clients we help to save their businesses money. Using our wealth of experience and knowledge, we create software that works for your business, with endless functionality to help your business as it grows. If you would like a consultation to discuss how a bespoke software solution could help scale up your business, contact us today.