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custom erp software development is it worth it

Custom ERP Software Development: Is It Worth It?

Most business organizations today are quickly adopting the use of custom ERP

software solutions because as opposed to the common use of manual procedures

and legacy applications, ERP programs are cost-effective and efficient. The

Enterprise Resource Planning program is a system of integrated applications that

are designed to automate different department/office operations (product

planning, development, manufacturing, sales and marketing) to a single database.

Nevertheless, not all online ERP software will meet to every requirement of your

organization. Therefore, when deciding on the ERP software to adopt, you need

to choose the most reliable one as far as your business needs and processes are

concerned. In turn, here are the two types of ERP systems:


These are systems easy to implement due to the fact that they are developed out

of the experience of other organizations (user groups) other than yours. From the

discussions on how each of those companies' best use the system, you acquire

information on how best to adopt the system for your business.

custom erp software

Custom ERP software

With custom ERP, the system is developed based on your company's experience.

A programmer gets to design the ERP system in accordance what exactly you

want the software to be able to do and ideally, the process it should follow in

order to do perform and facilitate your operations.


There is a greater chance of a company meeting its user requirements when it

goes for custom-built ERP software other than a generic system solution. This is

so despite the high upfront costs and time consumption to get the system started.

You can always start small and add the essential layers as you go by and in the

end meet, the target software for your business. Plus, it is also a way to spreading

the initial expenses throughout.

Custom ERP software is also designed to fit your business processes instead of the

business fitting into it, this is somehow relieving since as far as training of the

company's staff is concerned, there will be less of it. All they have to do is make

little adjustments to coordinate with the system.

a good example of such approach is tesla

A good example of such approach is Tesla, who carefully evaluated all pros, cons,

and risks and decided to build a custom ERP solution having above mentioned

benefits in mind. Tesla CIO Jay Vijayan calculated the costs of SAP implementation

in "millions of dollars" and a year to perform all the required integrations. Tesla

managed to achieve same functionality within 4 months and much lower budget

with custom built ERP. As the result, they've got independence from third-party

vendor and Enterprise Resource Planning System that is tailor-made for their

established internal business and manufacturing processes.


It is obvious that the cost of custom ERP software development would depend on

what you require, the number users and its complexity. For instance, if you are

going for a sophisticated custom ERP system, you might not find complete designs

that fulfill your needs. Therefore, you will have to incur extra cost for

complimentary products to ensure the software fully functions.

Nevertheless, the general cost of the ERP system will range between $25k to 75k.

The extra incurring costs for future modules or top-up services and tools would go

for $5k to 25k.

risks of developing custom erp software


The solutions and services that custom ERP software development is meant to

provide, is usually not in box therefore, it requires a lot of time and finances to

initialize the design resulting to high upfront fee.

Since the development of a custom online ERP software is on basis of your

requirements, to get a high-quality system that maneuvers around future changes

easily despite it being a first-time project, you require a developer with

experience. Such resources are hard to come by as you are outsourcing.

In addition, your contact with the developer who initialed the system needs to be

consistent. This is because they would understand the system better during the

development cycle: design, testing, QA/ testing, and training. This may be hard to

do especially if the developer is not reliable.

Despite that, custom ERP software helps to save an enormous amount of money

in long-term perspective. You may ask how is that possible. Each company counts

on continued growth, including the number of employees, field force, and offices.

In many cases, a bigger number of users means the continually growing expenses

for the licensed ERP solution. Enterprise support packages are often sold as extra

services and are way more expensive than support from the custom software

development provider whose support is often included in the contract. Also, it is

worth to mention that your organization will be the only one supported for the

product which means better and faster communication.

So, the expenses for the existing user licenses, new licenses, and support of the

off-the-shelf solution is growing exponentially and completely overlap custom

ERP software development costs in a couple of years. In its turn, custom ERP

software will justify its high upfront costs, because your enterprise won't be

locked to the provider will own the solution

locked to the provider, will own the solution and all the data stored in the cloud

as the result, and won't pay for licenses when new user accounts will be needed.


From the advantages of the existence of a software that can meet your business

requirements and solutions, most companies have been seen heading to custom

ERP system development for the management of their operations. Below are a

few of such companies:

Oil and Gas Companies

Oil and gas companies have a great place with custom ERP, software

development, but it is usually a tragedy if the system does not support the

operations efficiently. Therefore, when going for a tailored system for such a

massive company more considerations are put in place other than the obvious;

meeting the user needs.

Custom ERP software for gas and oil companies should most importantly have

applications for handling the environmental safety. Energy companies are known

to be hazardous to their environment

to be hazardous to their environment and if not taken care of it would cause

damage and to some extent shutting down of the organization. Therefore, the

system should be able to provide data to the technicians as warnings in case of

any threat so that they can mitigate the risks.

Also, other than facilitating the operations of the company, a custom ERP

software development Company should be able to open up opportunities for

high profit return investments in the business. That is, it should have a cost

management application too.

Finally, oil and gas fields are known to be really massive and some are usually in

dense remote areas, but since it's business, every asset should be accounted for.

In turn, a custom ERP software with good networking is essential to integrating

and managing all the company's operations regardless of the location. Such

location difficulties are curbed with high-tech optimization tools to managing all

labor and resources throughout.

Manufacturing companies

With manufacturing firms, custom ERP system are saviors when it comes to saving

costs, eliminating office paperwork, tracking business performance and improving

customer experience. This is made possible by integrated custom applications

platforms for management of its operations.

Nevertheless, managing a national or to some extent international business

operations can be a challenging task. A centralized custom ERP software can

however, bring light to all your businesses processes as it enables management of

creation of product, marketing and availing of the product across all the

decentralized outlets. In addition, it integrates all that data thus incorporating

workflow and control automatically.

education schools

Education (schools)

Schools that are going for complete computerization of their functions and

processes have custom ERP system development to opt for. A great number of

schools have been seen heading to this direction with use of highly tailor-made

programs to handle the school management and they are known to be very


Whether it is nursery/ kindergarten, high school or colleges, custom ERP systems

have proven to provide efficient management of the institutions.


A custom ERP software is more of a prototype system whereby you can start

designing the most basic and important features and function that you have in

mind then later, during testing and maintenance, you can add other essentials

bringing you to a very efficient software.

With a custom-tailored system, you are likely to achieve the solutions or attain

the services you are going for from a software seamlessly.

The staff is usually at an advantage of comprehending how the system works

easily because it was designed in accordance to the business practices and

language. In turn they have little to adjust on their side.

Custom ERP systems are usually flexible in terms of future technological or even

business changes. There is always a capacity for incorporating any developing


Unlike the offshore system, you get to own the custom ERP system and its design

is made specifically to meet your needs. Therefore, you need not to wait for

feature requests and enhancements as you are in complete control of the system.

in summary the basic things you need in hand

In summary, the basic things you need in hand while planning to adopt custom

ERP system is you have to budget for high upfront fees. You will require a team of

tech-experts from programmers, quality controllers, database engineers to

designers and probably more. Then there is patience needed too, developing

software that uniquely fits your business, just like Rome cannot be built in a day.

It will require a lot of work which will consume time months or even year.

In addition, you need to be fully aware of the company you have set your eyes on

to work with because that would be a tragic decision as well as a blessing even

before you start. The expertise, as well as a software development company's

stability, is very essential to check while assessing them. Have they done this

before? Do they understand your business needs? Are the type of questions you

should have answered before moving forward with them.

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