Nowadays more and more companies understand that ready-to-use business software solutions cannot solve their unique problems and start looking for some ways to customize the software.
Most of them accept this compromise and continue using software that doesn’t fully suit their business. Some of them hire a team of software engineers and develop a new business software in-house. Others rely on outsource developers or order the customization from their software suppliers.
However, a new solution for this challenge is being developed, the do-it-yourself software.
DIY software is a set of tools and instruments that allows companies to quickly and easy build their own software and to use it. These tools and instruments are supposed to be very simple and easy to use and users with even a little computer knowledge can use them.
Every business is unique and somehow it is different from other businesses. Every department has its own history and business processes reflect the differences in the history.
For example, one company may pay more attention to one KPI, while another company may be not interested in this KPI at all.
Or here is another example: in your company before processing of each sales order, it should be approved by the sales manager, the production manager and the delivery manager. It is very likely that you will have a lot of troubles with finding a software that does exactly what you need.
This is a real problem because some systems are not customizable at all and you cannot easily add a new line in a form. In reality, when a company buys a new business software or uses a software-as-a-service solution and the solution does not absolutely reflect all business processes, the company changes their processes and the software a little bit.
As a result, the business works not as good as it could because the flow of the processes is distracted and the software works not as it was supposed to because it is changed in some way.
Now imagine what happens when some of the business processes change overtime. Most often companies end up with having a software that does not reflect how the business at all.
On contrast do-it-yourself software allows you to start from a scratch or a sample and build a system that will fully reflect how your business works.
You don’t need to sacrifice anything or have elements that are not used. If the business changes you can make the same changes in the software.
You don’t need to think about how to store the data because everything is included to the package. All you need to do is to build a structure of your business and processes.
This type of software is very easy to use and can be compared in complexity with spreadsheets or text editing software. You can take a sample software as a basis or start with a blank sheet.
First, you need to think about how all resources are moving inside your company. The main resources are the money, people, tangible and intangible resources.
Set up the places where the resources can be stored or be used. Think about how each process flows, it’s sequence and the type of resources needed to make any transformation to happen.
You should pay attention to each element, be it a simple approval or a some kind of event. Do not sacrifice or misrepresent anything.
Make an absolute reflection of your business.
Then, create interfaces for each employee using a set of simple, but powerful components. Using a drag and drop tool you can set up the workplace in the most convenient way for your staff. Create users, give them rights to work with their part of the system and launch it.
It is important to note that the DIY software includes cloud data storage and you will not need to think about buying or renting servers for the software.
Overall, small to medium companies can set up their DIY software and start using it in a few days.
DIY is very cost efficient. The cost of this software depends on the size of your company, but you can expect the price to be similar to the prices of software-as-a-service solutions. Today this means around $50 per user per month.
However, here you are getting a software solution not only for one process of your business, but for the whole company. You have an unlimited access to ready to use solutions already created in the DIY software. You can easily plug in, plug out and edit every module wherever you need.
Comparing the DIY software with developing a software in-house also shows that it is far more cost effective. Hourly price of one software developer is somewhere between $10 and $200 averaging around $60. Powerful software solutions may take about 1-2 years to create for a team of several developers. Take into account that less than 10% of custom made software solutions are successful (are working).
If you sum up all these costs you will see that do-it-yourself software gives you a lot of possibilities straight away and for less money.
Andrii is passionate about business and startup intelligence. As most of the startuppers he has got experience in almost all business areas.Andrii has MA in Marketing from the University of Queensland.
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