Everyone relies on software to get their work done. Whether it is a spreadsheet program for accounting or a word-processor for documents, you use another parties software.
Some off-the-shelf platforms are partially customizable, are updated frequently and are economical; but many companies are realizing the benefits of the second option: custom-built software.
For example, in the early days of Bard Tech, we used some pre-existing software because it was affordable, easy to implement and convenient to obtain. Eventually, though, we realized that the lack of customization was hindering our business’ growth rate. So we decided to make our own technology platform that would suit our exact needs, and we have never looked back.
In some instances, a great custom platform can provide your company with an entirely new revenue stream.
A bespoke software helps to increase productivity by making the processes quick because now it is tailored - according to your business needs.
You won’t have to spend time or change the way you conduct to adapt to the standardized software.
Does the commercial software you are using integrate with your current software? You can save this further investment by getting a custom software built and leverage integration with your other business applications.
As your organization grows, the business processes will become more complex. But, with custom software development, this is not an issue as you can scale your software accordingly. Therefore, this will save you from incurring costs on additional licensing or subscriptions for additional features.
Another advantage of bespoke software is that security is better than boxed software. This will make your software less susceptible to security issues.
Personalized Customer Experience (CX)
As CX is gaining traction, it is important to provide your customers with personalized experiences. With custom software, you can fill the void and address the unique needs and processes of your business.
Integrating Existing Authentication Platforms
A custom software can also be easily integrated with existing authentication platforms. This will give you greater control over users at different access levels, and also cut the hassle of memorizing more passwords.
Custom Software Design
With bespoke software, you can maintain consistency in appearance and different behavior patterns. Therefore, your software design can be customized according to your company style with no design limitations. Hence, you can maximize your business potential rather than conforming to the boxed software limitations.
Cut on Extra-Cost for Excess Features
Having a bespoke software means no extra spending on features and functionalities that you don’t need. This will also increase your business efficiency as you can focus on features required for your business rather than being confused.
Bard Tech can make custom software to fit your business needs. You will not have to worry about fitting your business model into a standard framework. So, leverage bespoke software to focus more on your companies growth by calling us today to schedule a consultation.
That is the key question. In general, an "old" technology has to offer some kind of advantage to whomever is using it. For example, iron forging by hand has no general advantage over the modern steel mill. But the craftsperson who hand-forges a fence gate needs to know those skills, materials, and methods to produce a well-crafted piece.
In the computing world today, it is impossible for one person to "get their arms around" or fully comprehend an operating system, from high-level functions down to the operation of hardware. In fact, those are now specialized skills. But in the "old days" of much simpler hardware and software, knowledge of both was actually REQUIRED, as both were still in development, until a stable and generally-accepted OS and hardware platform was established. In fact the history of personal computing is a series of "established" platforms, one after another.
My general experience was based on my studies in college where I had classes relating to electrical engineering, and my tech experiences in repair. In both regimes I learned to look at fundamentals, and to look at things diagnostically.
Many "retrotechnology" skills and methods are based on fundamentals, things which change more slowly AND which have patterns, features or principles which repeat in other areas. These are things which offer advantages, when adapting to "new" skills or technologies today.
The use of forgotten skills and materials occurs when those offer some advantage or create an opportunity. If you are an unemployed computer engineer, you are not going to spend thousands of dollars on software development tools to make some widget to sell. Yet, the Internet lets you become a "craftsperson" and actually offer one-off bits of computing hardware, called in general "embedded computers".
A good example of this is in hobby robotics, where individuals and small companies offer small widgets all the time. The development platforms for those products are very simple.
Embedded hardware means computers which are unique to one area of use, like GPS systems or cell phones, or controllers for machines and robots, and so on. Since those areas of use keep changing, and since computer chips keep changing, there are few "established" platforms.
But todays embedded computing world is in conflict, between using "established" operating systems like Linux, Windows, and other companies OSs. These are HUGE development packages, of hundreds of megabytes of programs and files. And yet, these embedded computers may only have megabytes of program memory or even less- much like the "classic" computers of decades ago.
I see this as an opportunity to re-examine old tools for new use. At my university we had some older equipment that used to cost thousands of dollars and was purchased for hundreds at the time, so that we can rebuild and reprogram these systems in direct fashion, down to changing hardware and writing in assembler language - the binary language of microprocessors. Or just learning how to repair old hardware and make it work.
While a "nuts and bolts" level of microcomputing is not often called for today, I would argue that such knowledge is necessary for certain kinds of embedded design and development.
Indeed, there is growing interest in hobby robotics as a literal "nuts and bolts" environment. But there are also moves by Microsoft and other large companies, to introduce very complex and large software tools into robotics. They claim these are "efficient" tools, but their motives are simply to grab market share with tools that you cannot escape from.
Whereas, if you know the fundamentals, and your tools are fundamental, you can always use other tools or adapt YOUR tools for other purposes. Knowing the basics makes you flexible, and I would argue flexibility is still an advantage today.