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Why you need a custom database app for your business



Whether a business provides B2B or B2C services, digitalization enables it to solve all its problems effectively in the least possible time. Companies either use off the shelf apps or custom database apps to manage business process and workflows. But the problem with ready-made software is that they’re not developed uniquely to target only one business. Instead, they offer general functionalities that cannot fulfill all the unique requirements of each business.


That is why custom database apps are more suitable and practical solutions that prove to be the game-changer when it comes to boosting business’ KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).


Custom Database App

It’s a widespread misconception that digital transformation is only for big corporate sectors and enterprises. That’s the reason, many small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) avoid digital transformation. But the truth is that each business should invest in digital solutions because of the value they bring.


Moreover, many ready-made digital solutions can be helpful. But each business has its own unique needs and requirements, and ready to use digital solutions are not able to fill all the corners. For that matter, a custom database app is always an ideal solution and the best option that every business should opt for. A study of over 150 companies conducted recently shows that most businesses prefer custom app development over off the shelf solutions. In addition, 77% of the time, the third-party wrapped software packages are not flexible enough for businesses.


Here are some of the most compelling reasons why a business needs a custom database app.


Speed of Development and Cost-effectiveness

One of the most significant and impactful reasons to opt for a custom database app is its quick delivery (generally in weeks) and cost-effectiveness. A Founder or CTO doesn’t need to purchase and rely on expensive subscriptions of ready-made apps to maintain their tech stack. Not to mention that ready-made solutions can also cause data silos because they cannot fit all their business’ needs. Also, there can be many functionalities that a company doesn’t require but the owner will still have to pay for that.


On the other hand, custom database apps are generally cost-effective compared to traditional development due to availability of drag-and-drop components and ease of customization. By engaging platform partners, businesses can get full-fledged cross-platform applications built with advanced customizations, functionalities and integrations with existing systems in weeks.


Scalable with the Business

Scalability is one of the most critical factors that any business solution must have. Even if a ready-made or off the shelf software works fine for a business for a particular time, it’s highly unlikely that it will scale as the business grows. It’s one of those drawbacks that a business can’t afford. There are countless possibilities and directions in which a company can move forward. That’s where custom database apps would be a wiser choice because of the ease of customization and upgrading.


Secure and Reliable

Software development is not an easy task, mainly because of the integration of different modules and relational functionalities. That’s why encountering bugs and errors is a prevalent practice. If a business is running on a ready-made software solution, getting the bugs and errors fixed is a very cumbersome job. A business owner or any other official will have to report the bugs and errors to the service provider’s support team. As the bugs are on a platform-level, they may take much longer to be fixed or end up not being resolved at all since the application is built for the masses.


On the other hand, custom database apps allow business owners to enjoy immediate and dedicated technical support. With the right platform partner, they will be able to resolve bugs and issues in days compared to weeks.


Possibility to Integrate with Other Software

Custom database apps provide business owners with such an environment where it’s straightforward to integrate it with other software via API. Not only does it help the different parts and business modules to collaborate efficiently, but it also helps the different software to interact without any issues. It improves the productivity of the employees by optimizing all the operations and business processes without any hiccups and hurdles. Custom database apps can easily be integrated with all types of applications (e.g. accounting, HR, sales, finance, operations) via API.


Ease of Migration

With a custom database app, the business owner is in complete control of the data and they can easily import or export data for migration or analysis as they’d like. On the other hand, third-party ready-made solution providers usually present data in a fixed format and importing or exporting of data is usually a cumbersome process.


Considering the rate that technologies are evolving, companies should select solutions that are flexible and support easy importing and exporting of data. This is very important as businesses might need to migrate to newer applications in the future and this might cost businesses a lot of money and time with the wrong tool chosen. It can also cause disruptions to the entire enterprise and the results and consequences can be catastrophic. Custom database apps reduce the risk of disruptions with automated and manual data backups that allow users to create database snapshots which they can revert to easily.


Conclusion

There are many applications in the market that serve niche purposes and they were designed that way in order to gain competitive advantage. The prevalance of the SaaS (subscription-as-a-service) model has encouraged businesses to adopt a huge number of applications for different departments/processes which in turn, created data silos and integration challenges. With custom database apps, businesses are able to be in full control of their data, have functions fully customized to their business needs and upgrade functionalities at every stage of their business growth.

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