As a software development company, this is the question we get asked most.
How much does custom software development cost?
Because “It depends” is not a very satisfying answer, we put together this video for you.
When you buy commercial software, it’s like buying a house. The features and price tag are clear. Custom software is like building a custom house. You get exactly what you want. Price depends on factors like size, location, and features. Sometimes we add-on to commercial software to enhance an application’s functionality.
But often we create new applications to support unique business functions, such as:
- Designing flower bouquets with dynamic pricing and costing
- Generating cleaning quotes
- Processing insurance claims
In the project discovery phase, we’ll ask a lot of questions to understand the project goals, requirements, and limitations. Most clients are really good about telling us what happens when things go RIGHT. We call this “the happy path.”
To build an efficient system, we also need to know what happens when things go wrong. For example:
- What happens if a product is out of stock?
- Do you suggest another product?
- Do you accept backorders?
Together, we’ll work to optimize processes as much as possible while the project is in the planning phases.
Once the software development work has begun, changes to the plan can impact the project schedule and cost. But sometimes the team has ideas that are worth the extra investment and need to be done sooner than later. Rather than rigidly sticking to the project plan, we allow flexibility to capitalize on those opportunities.
But when clients start to get TOO MANY great ideas, the project can get bloated. We call that “scope creep.”
At Eclipse Consulting
Our goal is to deliver a custom software application that meets YOUR needs. When you work with Eclipse Consulting, you’re getting a team of experts who care about your success. If you’re looking for help building, fixing, or maintaining custom software, please reach out.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does custom software cost to develop?
The cost of custom software is going to vary depending on what you need. Sometimes you can enhance a commercial software option to save on some costs, otherwise we need to develop something completely new to meet your needs.
Should I build my own software or buy it?
Custom software is going to give you flexibility and features that you won’t get with off-the-shelf software, but it is most likely going to involve more time and effort. Your business needs and preferences will determine what the right option is for you.
Why is custom software expensive?
Custom software is totally personalized to your needs and wants. Think of a custom built house – the price depends on the size, location, and features.