Off the Shelf-Software VS Custom Software- Which is Better?

Whether you are a startup or an established business, choosing the right software to run your business can be daunting. One of the biggest decisions as an entrepreneur is deciding between off-the-shelf vs custom software. Which of these software solutions will suit your business model better? 

Choosing the right software application starts with understanding what your core needs are as a business. In my years of working with off-the-shelf software and building custom ones for clients, I have discovered that there are 5 things to consider when choosing the ideal software application for your company. 

There are five things to consider are;

  • Cost 
  • Features 
  • Technology 
  • Customer Support 
  • Community 

Comparing between off-the-shelf software vs custom software will help make or break your decision on which of the two options to go for.

Commercial Off the Shelf Software (COTS)

Off-the-shelf software is a ready-made application that packs a lot of features to help a business streamline its operations. Any business or company can buy and install COTS applications from online application stores.

Cost 

Compared to custom software applications, COTS applications are way cheaper in terms of up-front cost. Since the application is ready for use, the setup cost also tends to be lower. COTS applications have low monthly or yearly licensing costs as well.

But COTS applications come with hidden costs. It can cost extra to upgrade the software applications to the latest version. Some upgrades may attract additional licensing fees. It may also cost more to personalize a commercial off the shelf software. 

Features 

A lot of businesses and companies go for off the shelf software because of how rich they are in features. These pre-designed apps suit specific niches and, therefore, carry features that will cater to those niches. If a COTS application has all the features you are looking for, then you will not have any hesitation to purchase it. 

But what about leveling up in the future? Technology continues to change and your business will have to make changes to stay afloat with the emerging trends. If your COTS application does not support this needed upgrade, you may have to discard it- or consider a costly upgrade. 

Technology 

Off the shelf software applications are easy to install because they are designed for a general market. They are quick to deploy and use because they are already tried and tested by other businesses. For a business that is eager to scale up within the shortest time possible, COTS applications may be the solution to your problem.

One downside of off-the-shelf applications is that they can be incompatible with other software you are using in your business. Most businesses are forced to recreate or shut down the apps that do not work with the new software.

Some COTS applications take time to evolve with your business or industry. Maybe you want to upgrade the security setup of your business but the off-the-shelf application you are using is not yet upgraded to that technology. In such cases, you may have to pay extra for this needed upgrade.

Support 

Commercial off-the-shelf applications come with maintenance and support from their developers. Developers also try to add all resources that will help businesses troubleshoot existing problems through a Q&A platform. 

Since COTS applications serve a wide community of businesses, getting personalized assistance when needed can be a challenge. It can take months for developers to respond to every troubleshooting request from their clients. Also, most future updates put out by the developer may not necessarily benefit your business. 

Community 

COTS applications are developed for a vast number of businesses. This makes it easy to form online communities where businesses can discuss and gain self-help support on issues they are facing. 

Custom or Tailor-made Software-TMS

Tailor-made software is designed to suit the specific requirements of a business. They are also built from the ground up allowing you to determine what features are included in the final product.

Cost 

Custom software gives you value for money because you own the rights to the entire software. All the features unique to the software are enjoyed by your business alone. This gives your business a competitive advantage over your rivals. 

But there is a high price to pay for this exclusivity. To begin with, there is the high upfront cost to consider. There are also hidden costs incurred when the software is going through changes, upgrades, and full-time testing by the developers.

Features 

Custom software allows you to start with the necessary features and upgrade gradually as your business grows. The application grows with your business and this means you will always have a competitive edge over your rivals. 

But the sad part about custom software is the multitude of bugs they may harbor. Since it is only one company using the app, developers cannot run a prior test on various platforms before delivering the final products. The final software may have to go through a series of bug-fixing before it is fully optimized for your business. 

Technology 

It is easier for your business to adapt to custom software because it is designed specifically for you. The software language and infrastructure are all tailored to match your needs and vision. Investments in updates and upgrades are 100% controlled by your company.

But to get to the right custom software application, developers have to spend hours in the troubleshooting phase. It may take a while before that final product is delivered. Nonetheless, there are great developers who can do the job quicker. You only have to find the right guy for the job. 

Support 

Getting support from the developer is super-fast since you are the only business using the custom software.

Community 

Unfortunately, you have no community to provide useful self-help tips. But if you are working with a good developer, you will always get answers to your problems.

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a simple software that has all the features to run your business, then an off-the-shelf software application will suit your business. But if you are looking for cutting edge software applications that unlock all the right features for your business and help you personalize the way you do business, then custom software apps are the best option. 

Is your business “Success Ready” for the “New Normal”

As we are preparing to come out of the lockdown precipitated by the COVID-19 crisis, it is evident that Technology will be the engine that will drive the economy back to where it was.

Is your business technologically ready?

Here are some important technology questions business owners must ask.

 

Do I have a Shared Mission for my team?  

A shared mission keeps the team motivated and performing at their best levels even when they are in their pajamas

Creating a vision for your company and allowing your team to participate in the shared progress creates a sense of pride and motivates efficiency 

 

Do I have a Centralized software management (ERP) platform? 

The more remote the team, the greater the need for a Centralized management system. This enables your team to work from anywhere and still be efficient to connect to the “Mother ship”

 

Do I have a system to communicate with my Remote team?

The Lockdown showed us the importance of being able to do virtual collaborations and meetings. Luckily we have a host of tools that allow us to do just that and we need to take full advantage of this. 

 

Do I have a way to evaluate and manage the performance of my team?

Generating tools for performance analytics enables evaluation management of the team and propel moving in the correct direction

 

Have I provided Remote working tools to my team? 

Using enterprise mobile apps, especially those that can be dynamically customized, creates an efficient workflow and communication

 

Do I have a Time and Task Tracking Application? 

Using mobile Time tracking solutions lets you know that your team is where you want them to be and working on what you want them to work on 

We at topcone, are helping businesses answer the above questions and navigate the gaps in their solutions. We believe that a strong technological foundation is needed by every business to grow and prosper, survive and thrive in the new economy which we will be seeing soon.

How Topcone Inc Will Help Your Business Level Up in 2020

Topcone Inc prides itself on building cutting-edge custom applications for small, medium, and large businesses. At the heart of what we do is providing advanced and personalized custom solutions that save our clients time and money.

Mobile Apps Development

Did you know that about 90% of online traffic is generated by mobile phone users? What’s more, about half the number of mobile users access online services through mobile apps. Having a mobile app for your business will scale your business up by unlocking a new pool of potential clients. 

Web Apps Development 

One way to leverage your online traffic is via web applications. We develop tailor-made web apps that will help you leverage user data. This will impact your business productivity.

Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence 

A business that wants to run successfully needs advanced forms of data management. Our ad-hoc data warehousing solutions paired with business intelligence services will make it easy to collect, integrate, analyze, and present data in a professional manner. 

Database Consulting 

Our Database consulting solutions take away the pain of running a business using constrained database frameworks. We will help you plan, fine-tune, develop, maintain, or make any upgrades to your existing database to meet the growing needs of your business. 

Software Development 

We develop application software from scratch and customize it to fit your business vision and needs. 

IT Consulting 

Every business needs an IT consultant well-versed in the emerging trends in Information Technology. We tap into the growing trends to come up with solutions that help our clients in various industries and applications. 

eCommerce, CRM, & CMS

Let our Topcone experts improve your online user experience through an interactive online store, hassle-free content management tools, or an engaging online blog. We provide all the necessary web applications that will boost your business presence online.

Conclusion

Topcone is passionate about tapping into the latest technology to create data driven business applications. Contact us today to know how you can level up your business.

Personal Mission Statement from Topcone’s CEO

Hello.

As Topcone moves into the second decade of providing services to our clients, I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support to us.

Here is our mission statement for my clients…

We build custom software applications and When you partner with my company (Topcone Inc) you get the most efficient, effective and affordable proprietary software application that will grow as you grow and keep providing you savings in operations at all times.

We help Business Owners manage their Employee Check-in / Check-out using our mobile app  (www.scan-n-track.com) without any equipment installation on subscription basis.

We enable B2B Service providers acquire new customers by providing then our mobile marketing platform (www.theb2bapp.com) for them to reach mobile customers

We facilitate Home Service providers acquire new customers by providing them our mobile marketing platform (www.ezservicecall.com) for them to reach mobile customers

We provide clients needing mobile app for business a tool (www.goappso.com) that allows them to customize and use mobile apps instantly. – MOBILE APPS ON DEMAND.

 

We save our clients time and money with an array of existing software and mobile applications that can be white-listed for their use. ASK US FOR A LIST.

What Makes us different
We provide objective advise, quote reasonable prices, create excellent products with timely delivery and provide amazing services.

How it works:  We start with a free evaluation of your existing technology setup and discuss your detailed requirements and align them with your future long term goals, then I offer you a fixed quote to build your system.

Ready to Talk?:
Send me a message on LinkedIn or directly to ramesh@topcone.com or call me on 818-635-6335

 

Hello CEO, CIO, CTO and IT Managers

In today’s technology driven world, managing an IT development teams is a big challenge. There are too many moving parts – Selection of Latest Technology , Design Protocols, Reliability, Deadlines, Cost effectiveness and a lot else.

Understanding these challenge, We are offering our services as a Full Service Software Development team – Available on Demand to take away lot of your stress.

We are a Los Angeles Based Software Development Corporation . We have a proven track record of Database, Software Web Applications and Mobile Apps development for our clients enabling them to reduce their cost of software development.

Range of Applications
Web Applications
Mobile Applications
Web Enterprise Portals
Database Design and development
Data Warehousing
Business Intelligence.

Our Promise is Timely Delivery and be within Your Budget.

Send us a message and I will provide you with our info and portfolio and see what we can do for you.

See Our Success Stories

Beer Kegs Asset Tracking & Management Solution

Never Misplace Another Keg

Introduction:

With the new Beacyn Beer Keg Management Solution, it is now possible to track beer kegs in real-time, empowering breweries and suppliers with the ability to know exactly where kegs are on the supply chain. Through the management solution, technology provides the ability to keep up with each keg, eliminating the fear of lost of stolen kegs. With ease of setup and operation, you can start tracking kegs in minutes.

Beacyn’s Beer Keg Management Solution is exactly what it sounds like: A Solution. Track your inventory of kegs with high end, real time tracking. You are a business and the last thing you choose to worry about is lost or stolen kegs. With Beacyn, we eliminate the uncertainty and provide Accountability for your inventory. Each keg is labeled with a unique QR code to scan from our free mobile app. Upon being scanned, the information and location of the keg is instantly visible to you. Beacyn is the solution for managing your kegs with ease and trust.

Industry Pain Points:

  • Each beer keg is pricey depending on the size and type
  • Beer kegs Get Lost int he supply chain
  • Stray beer kegs are difficult to identify and return
  • Traditional inventory keeping is complex
  • High cost of administering rental kegs
  • Low Accountability & responsibility
  • Rental kegs exhaust funds with high price

Our Solution:

  • Each keg is assigned a unique ID
  • Keg ID and details are entered into a database
  • Kegs receive an individual QR code
  • The QR code is etched or pasted on the keg
  • The QR code can be scanned with a free mobile app
  • QR codes are scanned each step of the supply chain
  • When scanned, the scanner, actual location, and time are recorded
  • Instant reports are generated from the data
  • No cellular connection? No problem. Details are stored but submitted when cellular data available.
  • The app is available on iOS and Android devices

Benefits:

  • Receive snapshots of each keg’s location
  • Workers are held with high accountability as details are recorded
  • Program works in real-time
  • Inventory is easily controlled
  • Lost beer kegs are easily retrieved
  • On-map tracking of each keg
  • Text and email alerts for updates, if needed.
  • Robust reports available
  • No hardware necessary – everything works from the app
  • Easy customization and quick setup

Let Beacyn be your Beer Keg Management Solution

If you interested, please connect with us via info@topcone.com

APPSO – MaaS – “Mobile APP as a SERVICE” –

The application your business needed yesterday, today!

So you’ve realized that your Business Desperately Needs a Mobile App, but can’t afford the start-up costs or maybe you’ve got the money but you needed it like Yesterday.

Or maybe you want a quick and easy way to run your business off your phone or any mobile devices, without designers and developers getting in the way.

Basically, you want your app today!

Well, here at APPSO, we have the perfect solution for you:

Instead of purchasing your business app outright, you can use one of our dynamic templates straight away. Our templates allow you to build the perfect application for your business, whether you’re a tradesman, retailer, salesman or manager.

No waiting waiting. No expensive developers. Just flexible, workable, subscription-based applications.

Get your app now, with APPSO.

The benefits of using our on demand mobile applications

APPSO’s mobile applications come with a vast array of innovative features:

  • Quick and Easy Set-Up: Mobile applications can take months, if not years to develop and design. Get your project off the ground straight away with one of dynamic app templates.
  • Reduced Costs: Developing the average mobile application runs costs into the thousands. With our tailor-made applications, you pay a single, monthly subscription cost.
  • Flexible Templates: Whether you’re taking orders, working on the managing employees, APPSO’s sandbox applications can work around any project.
  • Perfect for Any Project Size: Whether it’s a simple partnership or 5,000 employees, our custom-made templates have scope to suit any project.
  • Realtime Data Syncing: Our on demand mobile applications allow your employees to share data in real-time. No more waiting around for results.

If you want the perfect business application at a fraction of the regular price, then get in contact with APPSO for more information about our cost-effective plans.

Mobile Apps on Demand – on as needed basis.

Meeting to your Mobile Applications Needs – Instantly

  • Quick and Easy To Start
  • Hosted on the cloud
  • Flexible Templates
  • Perfect for Any Project Size
  • Realtime Data Syncing
  • Reduced Costs
  • Subscription Based
  • Multi-User
  • Multi-Location
  • Includes electronic signature

#Manufacturing
#Logistics
#Offshore Drilling
#Construction
#Medical
#Agriculture
#Hospitality
#Polling
#Surveys
#Inspections
#Preventive Maintenance
#FacilityMaintenance
#Repairs
#Installations
#Warehousing
#Distribution
#EventPlanning
#JanitorialServices
#MobileOrderBooking

Apartment / Commercial Building Maintenance Request management APP

White paper for Apartment / Commercial Building Maintenance Request management

Welcome to the universal Scan-N-Track mobile application. Our mission is to make many of your tracking and communication tasks easy and quick.

General:

A Property Management company will create an account on SCAN-N-TRACK and assign an admin to manager the account. Who will have access to the Scan-N-Track backend Portal / dashboard to manage your account.

You will be able to export the data of your Maintenance records via in excel format or via API.

For Maintenance Requests

Here are the details of how the app will work for Maintenance Requests you receive from your tenants.

  1. You will create a Scanner code (QR code) for Service Request from the Scan-N-Track application.
  2. The Scanner Code also allows you to set a SNTUID (Scan-n-track Unique id) Example ABC-Service (this is just and example, we can set a convenient one for you)
  3. This SNTUID code will be sent by you to all your tenants for them to use.
  4. The SNTUID code will be customized to enable the tenant to enter some information that you may need. Like
    • Apartment # Or Office$ Or Suite#
    • Work Details
    • Permission to access premises.

**Note, this can be customized by you at any time.

  1. You will set up each tenant in the system with their cellphone number (needed) and email id (optional). Since there are many tenants, you can upload their data via excel sheet. (This will not be needed if you are using the API Route)
  2. Each tenant downloads the free Scan-N-Track app from Apple store or Google App Store on their cell phone. Links to the app stores are given below.
  3. When tenants need any service, they will enter the SNTUID you created and enter the info you need to collect from them into the Scan-N-Track mobile app.
  4. The data thus generated can be sent instantly by email to the email account where you want to sent, This can also be sent to TEXT message to your representative. you can decide how to manage the data
  5. The App collects the data that you have asked for, Plus the Phone number of the person who has entered the code.

Website: https://Scan-n-track.com

iOS App: http://bit.ly/Scan-n-track

Android App: http://bit.ly/Scan-n-track_android

 

White Paper For Property Management

Software Company – Looking for Resellers – Good Potential Income

 

Topcone Inc – A technology company looking for talented Sales people (as resellers) to sell their Subscription based applications

The Commission Terms are:
50% of one time Setup fees – Normally anything between $100 to $500 depending on the client’s needs (and your suggestions)
Subscription fees – typically between $50 to $300 a month depending on the APP and the requirements.
25% of Monthly fees collected from your customers for first year subscription
10% of Monthly fees collected from your customers from second year onward
Commission paid monthly
If you need:
You will have your own white label portal on site
You will be able to manage your own accounts and you will be able to see all the transactions
You will be able to give Promotion discount coupons to your customers.
You will be listed on our site as our authorized reseller.
We will provide training

List of Apps you can sell on subscription.

SCAN-N-TRACK

Scan Anything – Anytime – Anywhere ..seriously

Website: www.scan-n-track.com
Apple Store: http://bit.ly/Scan-n-track
Android App: http://bit.ly/Scan-n-track_android

B2B Business Services App

App To Connect users with Business Service Providers Like Business Services, Office Services, Cleaning and Janitorial, Packing and Moving and consulting services

Website: www.theb2bapp.com
Apple Store: http://bit.ly/B2BiOSApp
Android App: http://bit.ly/B2BAndroidApp
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/xm9LdQCxWoE

EZ Home Service Ordering App

App To Search-Compare-Schedule and Order Home Services like Senior Care, Medical Home Care, Pet Grooming, Fitness and Beauty, Mobile Automotive Care, Transportation and Home Care Services

Website: www.ezservicecall.com
Apple Store: http://bit.ly/EZiOSApp
Android App:  http://bit.ly/EZAndroidApp
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/_Rp-bx3617k

The Commission App

A Web application that enables companies to create their commission calculation formula and run commission reports automatically

www.commissionapp.com

APPSO: Mobile Apps on Demand

Offering “Mobile Apps On Demand”. No waiting, No expensive developers. Just flexible, workable, subscription-based mobile applications which you can customize to your exact needs.

Website: www.goappso.com
Apple Store: http://bit.ly/Appso_ios
Android App:  http://bit.ly/Appso_android

Connect with us on any of the above emails if you are interested and let’s talk. This could be a great income source for you for many years to come.

Equipment and Service Tracking Mobile App

 

Welcome to the universal Scan-N-Track mobile application.

Our mission is to make many of your tracking and communication tasks easy and quick.

 

General:

Create an account on SCAN-N-TRACK and assign an admin to manager the account.

You will have access to the Scan-N-Track back-end Portal / dashboard to manage your account.

You will be able to export the data of your employee and Maintenance records via excel format.

You can also export data via API

 

For Equipment Tracking

 

 

Here are the details of how the app will work for Tracking of Equipment

  1. You will create a Scanner code (QR code) for each equipment from the Scan-N-Track application.
  2. The Scanner Code also allows you to set a SNTUID (Scan-n-track Unique id) – for equipment, the license plate would be a good unique id starting with the state (for example CA7ABC123) (this is just and example, we can set a convenient one for you)
  3. Each user downloads the free Scan-N-Track app from Apple store or Google App Store on their cell phone. Links to the app stores are given below.
  4. When user scans the QR code or enters the SNTUID of the equipment, you will know where the equipment is at that particular time.
  5. The data thus generated can be sent to Text message, email message, Excel data or via API
  6. The App collects the data that you have asked for, Plus the Phone number of the person who has entered the code.
  7. You can also view all your equipment’s last scanned location on a map.

 

For Equipment Service Requests

 

 

Here are the details of how the app will work for Equipment Service Requests you equipment installed at your client locations or with users – like laptops

  1. You will create a Scanner code (QR code) for Service Request from the Scan-N-Track application.
  2. The Scanner Code also allows you to set a SNTUID (Scan-n-track Unique id)
  3. This SNTUID code will be tagged on the concerned equipment that you are tracking for service.
  4. The SNTUID code will be customized to enable the user to enter some information that you may need. Like
    • Type of problem
    • Overall condition
    • Etc

**Note, this can be customized by you at any time.

  1. Users will need downloads the free Scan-N-Track app from Apple store or Google App Store on their cell phone. Links to the app stores are given below.
  2. When the equipment needs any service, they will enter the SNTUID or Scan the QR code you created and enter the info you need to collect from them into the Scan-N-Track mobile app.
  3. The data thus generated will be sent instantly by TEXT Message or email to the email account where you want to sent (again, this too defined by you).
  4. The App collects the data that you have asked for, Plus the Phone number of the person who has entered the code.

Let us know how we can help. info@scan-n-track.com