Custom Software 101: 6 Essential Projects For Businesses

By July 9, 2020No Comments

Custom software is a big pool to play in, and we’re sure you have plenty of questions. When it comes down to it, what exactly is custom software, and how can it help your business?

Often, businesses don’t know how they can benefit from custom software. They realize they have a problem with productivity and workflows, but don’t know how to solve it quickly. In other cases, businesses depend on old software that only partially meets their needs, or they don’t realize they can save a ton of work hours with a simple piece of custom code.

If you’re like other businesses we’ve helped, you probably have unique needs and challenges that aren’t being met by off-the-shelf software or your current customer software. Here, we’ve highlighted six examples of custom software development projects. After reading this article, you’ll be able to identify common business problems and how you can solve them with software.

Of course, if any of these examples sound like something you’re experiencing in your business, contact us to see how we can help.

6 Examples of Custom Software Projects

A custom software development project can be anything from a single line of JavaScript to a full-scale enterprise management platform. We’ve been developing custom software for businesses for over 35 years and have experience in just about every industry. With custom software, you’re building the software that works best for your company.

1. Data Entry Integration

Are you entering the same data in multiple applications? That’s a warning sign you have a big problem on your hands. The more you touch your data, the higher chance you have of introducing an error to the system. Moreover, you’re wasting time if you’re entering data more than once. Instead of forfeiting time for data entry, you can redirect your focus toward value-added business tasks.

With a custom software integration, you can connect the systems or applications using your data. Then, you can enter or import your data once and use it system-wide.

2. Modernization

Just because your company has always used the same old, dusty DOS application since the 80s doesn’t mean it has to. If you depend on a custom software application that’s no longer serving your growing company’s needs, it’s time to invest in modernizing the software. Older software may also be more susceptible to cyberattacks if it hasn’t received regular security updates over the years.
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3. Spreadsheet-To-Software

Microsoft Excel is an essential software application many businesses use. Spreadsheets can range from basic tables to complicated formulas and macros. In many cases, there’s just one person who knows how the spreadsheet works or who can fix formulas when they break. Having a single point of failure isn’t an efficient way to operate.

With custom software development, you can create a program to replace your spreadsheet. In addition to more accurate formulas and data management, you can develop an easy-to-use user interface that takes the guesswork away from managing a clunky Excel document.

4. Middleware

Your business probably depends on more than one software program to get work done. Middleware is the seemingly invisible software that sits between your operating system and the applications running on your computer—it connects applications and processes to make your system work. Examples of middleware include integrating multiple software applications, API development, data consolidation, and automation.

If you have applications, processes, or databases that you wish were connected or that could more easily communicate with one another, middleware may be the answer.

5. Graphical User Interface (GUI) Development

Does your business depend on text-and-keyboard oriented applications? These types of older applications can be difficult for users to learn and use. GUIs give users tools to operate the application using a mouse or keyboard, allowing users to watch the processes happen visually. Having applications with GUIs is essential, especially for a technically-inclined workforce.

6. Business Management Software Systems

If you’re looking for the ultimate solution for business productivity and data management, High Touch can build complete business management software systems for industry-specific needs. These systems help define processes, organize data, and streamline workflows.

For example, for the health care industry, a Patient Management Software system tracks patient information, diagnoses, prescriptions, notes, and payment. For the 18th Judicial District Court of Sedgwick County, Kansas – Office of the Court Trustee, High Touch developed a Case Management Software system to track child support payments, manage cases, calculate arrears, generate commonly used documents, and more.

Full-scale, industry-specific business management software helps businesses reduce errors and streamline workflows to get the job done efficiently and effectively.

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If your business is looking to make improvements in data management, workflow management, productivity, or usability, Custom Software Development may be the answer. High Touch can help. Contact us today to learn more about our Custom Software Development services.

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