Custom software is software that is uniquely designed and developed for specific organizations or companies, that provides enhanced functions that are different from what is already available with generic off-the-shelf software. This specific functionality is created to address the particular ways a company operates. Custom software is not targeted to the mass market, but usually created for particular companies, business entities, and organizations.
Examples of custom software include products for commercial and governments such as:
* Custom Websites
* Product, inventory Management
* Customer Management
* Employee Management
This list is just an example as custom software can be anything, it's main purpose is to solve problem that the client is encountering that existing software cannot fix.
Complex custom software can be developed on an increasingly small scale through the rise of rapid application development frameworks. This means that smaller companies, charities or even individuals are able to benefit from complex software based on pre-built building blocks which are then customized to suit.
The typical steps involved in custom software projects include:
1. The definition of specific software functional requirements are discussed in detail.
2. Proposal - a detailed proposal is produced, based on the functional requirements.
3. Prototype - a functional prototype is delivered for testing and feedback to fine tune the functionality and user interface elements of the software system.
4. Delivery of a software system - at the end of software development, a "functionally complete" system is delivered, which requires end-user testing.
5. System completed - software testing is complete, and the system is ready for deployment.
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