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Q: Article about Bespoke software vs. Off the shelf software ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Article about Bespoke software vs. Off the shelf software
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: bvandyk-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 16 Jun 2006 07:14 PDT
Expires: 16 Jul 2006 07:14 PDT
Question ID: 738676
I am marketing a website that provides bespoke software in the UK. I
think that some original articles are required to add bulk to the
website and increase it's usefulness as a resource. The article should
be between 300 and 600 words and should contain as many as possible of
the following phrases:

invoicing software 
database driven website 
database developers 
freelance programmer 
bespoke software 
bespoke software development 
database programmer 
custom database 
custom databases 
custom database development
custom database design
custom software developer
access database developer
freelance software developer
custom database software 
bespoke development software uk
custom database solution
sql server programmer 
access vba programming 
sql database programmer 
bespoke database design
bespoke software uk 
custom invoicing software 
accounting software design 
bespoke application development 
bespoke database 
bespoke development 
bespoke programming 
sql server freelance 
vba developer 
vba development

Clarification of Question by bvandyk-ga on 16 Jun 2006 09:05 PDT
Obviously, the article should be biased towards bespoke software being
better... as this atricle will appear on a website pushing bespoke
software development. :)
Subject: Re: Article about Bespoke software vs. Off the shelf software
Answered By: eiffel-ga on 16 Jun 2006 14:42 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi bvandyk-ga,

I've managed to use all your phrases, but it's somewhat repetitive in
places as a result. Please request clarification if you need any



When you need a software application for your business, should you
license off-the-shelf software or should you commission bespoke
(custom) software? There's no answer that's right for every business
and every application, but there are some points which you should

If you are looking for a standard application such as invoicing
software, you will find a wide range of off-the-shelf packages to
choose from. Accounting software design is fairly standard, and if you
have fairly standard needs you will find an off-the-shelf solution to
be economical and convenient. However, if your business has unique
needs that go beyond the customization provided by a packaged solution
you could consider bespoke software.

Bespoke application development can be done in-house, or contracted
out to a freelance programmer. A freelance software developer can be
cost-effective, often having fewer overheads than an in-house team.
Bespoke programming by a VBA developer could provide an effective way
to develop custom invoicing software, for example.

Perhaps your business needs a database driven website. In this case
you are less likely to find an off-the-shelf solution available,
except for certain standard parts of a website such as support forums
or order handling. Your business is likely to need a custom database,
and you may find that an Access database developer can produce a great
custom database solution by means of Access VBA programming.

If you need an SQL database programmer, you can find database
developers whose bespoke software development skills include custom
database design and custom database development. An SQL Server
programmer will perform bespoke database design and develop custom
database software to match the requirements of your business.

VBA development skills are widely available, but for an SQL-backed
website you will need a developer who is also a skilled database
programmer, perhaps an SQL Server freelance developer. Bespoke
development isn't just programming - you will need a custom software
developer able to succeed at all phases of work related to the bespoke
database: analysis, design, coding, testing, and commissioning or

Custom databases underlie most database driven websites. Fortunately,
the bespoke software UK market is lively. When it comes to a choice
between off-the-shelf software and bespoke development software, UK
business might be tempted to choose the standard software package but
in many cases it would be better to consider bespoke development.
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