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Custom Software Development Solutions are often perceived as being expensive and time consuming, and many smaller businesses don’t see the point in investing in custom software when there are so many off-the-shelf options available. Off-the-shelf software is also known as “packaged software” and is available to a large group of businesses. However because it has such a wide audience it often cannot meet the exact needs of an individual business. While this may be fine in the short term, businesses must also look long-term at their expected growth and future goals. While choosing off-the-shelf software will mean a business must change some of their operations as the software is implemented, custom software will be designed specifically for the business and will be changed according to its needs. Off-the-shelf software solutions may be comparably inexpensive initially, but will often be more expensive further down the road as the needs of the business change, and the software cannot be customized easily and effectively. In 2014 we can expect even more of an increase in the need for custom software development in Australia, and in a world where almost every industry is facing increased competition, implementing customized, developed software may give you an edge over others in your niche. Some benefits of choosing custom software development solutions include: – Increased security – Easy to use – Responsive interface – Tested extensively – Can be updated as your business grows and changes – Better technical support – Access to original developers As long as businesses choose a reputable software development company such as DBSIT, it’s likely that they’ll be surprised by how quickly and inexpensively the software development can be completed.