18th December 2018
If you’re planning to develop bespoke software for use within the business, rather than software that’s consumer facing, there are some important points to bear in mind. It’s certainly worth getting help with bespoke software in Yorkshire, or wherever you’re based, to ensure it ticks all the boxes.
An article for DevPro Journal recently highlighted some of the most important things to think about when you’re designing and developing this kind of software.
At the top of the list is looking at how to develop your software as part of the software as a service (SaaS) model. The news provider explained that this has multiple benefits, particularly for smaller firms that may not have large IT departments.
SaaS involves paying a monthly fee, but for this a business can take some of the burden away from their IT staff because it can include automated new version upgrades and security patches.
Developing software along the SaaS model can also mean it’s easier to scale as your business grows. And SaaS shows no sign of slowing down – it’s forecast to grow by 21.4 per cent this year, according to the latest prediction from Gartner.
You also need to consider the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) of your software application. UI and UX are just as applicable in a B2B setting as they are in a B2C environment. The aim is to make using these new systems as easy and pleasurable as possible for your staff.
Designing the UI to be more “consumer-like” can have a range of benefits, the news provider noted. Among them is the fact that it will be easier to train new staff as they will find the UI more familiar, and therefore easier to understand and navigate, than you may find on older legacy systems.
Making sure that your employees use your new software is important for the return on investment it offers. If you make it too complicated, people will abandon it and find other workarounds.
It’s also essential to think about how the software can be accessed and used on a mobile device. Even if you’re initially visualising it being used by office-based staff who are on a computer, you shouldn’t dismiss the possibility of people needing to use the system on the go.
Scale it for mobiles and tablets from the beginning and then, if the way it’s used changes, you’ll be ahead of the curve. At the very least, it can mean your workers can securely and easily access key applications when they’re on the go.
Just because this is going to be an internal or B2B piece of software, don’t forget about the importance of analytics. This can allow you to see how it’s being used and make changes that can make your business run more efficiently.
“Develop ways to collect and extract data that will help you learn more about your users, their habits and the features they find most valuable,” the news provider recommended.
If you’re not convinced about the merits of developing software for use in your business, consider the fact that a recent Lloyds Bank Business and Charity Index suggested that if more SMEs and charities in the UK focused on digital development, they could generate an additional £85 million for the country’s economy.