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The Advantages & Disadvantages of a Readymade Software

10/12/2011 05:19 by maxkitty

First answer posted by DanielSimon at 10/12/2011 05:19
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  • Cost Saving

    Readymade software can provide a cost saving advantage. The software company already assumed the costs of the software development. This frees the purchasing organization from the fiscal investment of software development, as well as the lost man-hours involved with custom application development. The man hours not spent on software development instead go toward other organizational goals.

       

    Time

    In-house software development takes time. The program must go through a design phase to ensure that all the necessary features and functions make it into the final product before development, let alone implementation, even begins. Installation and implementation of readymade software typically takes a fraction of the time involved with software development, as the software comes ready to install out of the box.

       

    Support

    Software companies typically provide several types of support for readymade software. The software provider handles development of security patches and updates to keep the software stable. Depending on the software and the company, software providers will often provide on-site training and technical support during implementation, as well as more limited on and off-site technical support after implementation.

       

    Track Record

    One key advantage of readymade software for many companies is the track record. Existing software implemented successfully at other organizations provides a level of assurance about the quality of the software. In some cases, software companies will put potentials customers in touch with existing customers. This allows an organization to ask relevant questions about the functionality of the software from experienced users.

       

    Incomplete Functionality

    Some organizations settle for readymade software that only partially meets their needs. They choose packages that may force them to alter their existing processes to accommodate the limits of the software. This often generates losses in efficiency and productivity. In some cases, an additional software purchase becomes necessary to fill the gap, limiting the cost savings of readymade software.

       

    Incompatibility

    Incompatibility with existing programs in an organization's system can make readymade software a complete waste of money. Even if a software company claims a given piece of software will work with specific other pieces of software, it often plays out differently in practice. This proves especially problematic when the readymade software conflicts with legacy software that must remain in the system.

      

    Obsolescence

     

    Some software companies phase out updates and support for old versions of software when they develop new versions. The development of new versions of readymade software often forces organizations into a painful choice. The organization must upgrade to the new version or deal with an unsupported, obsolete version of the software.

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