Individual software compact - What you need to know

by Meike Müller
What to expect
  1. What is custom software?
  2. Advantages and disadvantages
  3. Phases of individual software
  4. Examples of individual software developed by us


When deciding between standard and individual software, you should consider beforehand which services are desired and which needs are to be met. While standard software is designed to appeal to many people, individual software is specifically designed to meet your needs.

Individual software is developed by a service provider on behalf of a customer. The yardstick here are the previously elaborated needs of the client. These can be organizational, functional or technical requirements, which should facilitate work processes for the commissioning company. The advantage is that this software grows with the client and can be adapted to new requirements. If you need personal support in the automation of your business processes by means of individual software - feel free to contact us! As a strong partner, we support our customers in all areas of software development and always find an individually suitable solution. In the following, you will learn briefly and compactly what you need to know about custom software.

The advantages and disadvantages in an overview

Individual software advantages Individual software disadvantages
  • individual, tailor-made adjustment
  • software can be optimized
  • direct contact person (developer)
  • competitive advantage due to unique selling proposition
  • higher effort due to tests, changes and maintenance
  • requires more budget than standard software


Standard software advantages Standard software disadvantages
  • cheaper to purchase
  • already tested application
  • immediate availability
  • support by hotline or e-mail
  • bound to manufacturer of the software
  • missing functions

The development of a software costs money - no question. At first glance, therefore, the use of a standard software seems to be the cheaper alternative. But the budget estimated for a custom software is worthwhile in the long run and is an investment in the future. A standard software initially costs a monthly fee or can be estimated with license costs. In addition, there are often follow-up costs for updating, customization and maintenance. From our own experience we know that the support for standard software is given, but not always competent and fast. If you want more, you often have to pay more.

The time factor also plays a major role in the development of custom software. Customized software takes several months to complete, depending on the scope. Meanwhile there are different approaches to reduce the development time. With the MVP approach the customer receives an individual software with necessary core functions, which is analyzed and optimized in the course of the time. Thus, the product can be created step by step and adapted to the wishes and needs of the business. No matter whether the software is ready or needs to be optimized - a solution can always be found.


  1. Consulting
  2. offer
  3. development
  4. test
  5. installation/implementation
  6. Customization

Once you have found a professional service provider to develop your custom software, they will first get to know you and your needs. During an initial consultation, they will ask you about your requirements and provide you with information about feasibility, type of development and optimization suggestions. After that, the service provider will make you an offer, in which the individual steps of the creation are listed with the calculated costs. In most cases, when creating a custom software, a predefined project period is set. If you accept the offer, the development of the software begins. The software is tested and optimized again and again during the creation process. Once it is finished, it goes into the implementation in your company. In addition, for large projects, employee training sessions are held in advance to inform everyone about the various functions and usability. After the introduction of the software in your business, adjustments can be made or extensions can be created. If you are interested in developing custom software for your business and need advice, the EXWE team will be happy to help you with any questions you may have about software development.


Individual software development of a competence management platform

For mpool consulting GmbH - Dortmund we developed a browser based competence management tool.

makom offers flexible consulting services paired with modern IT technology. The developed software is an easy-to-use and comprehensive tool for systematic competence and qualification needs analysis.

The individual software was awarded with the sol.IT-award.

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from 20.10.2020

Hello, my name is Meike. I take care of the EXWE back office and am responsible for our social media channels. All of our articles are meant to make your life easier and help you make decisions. Nevertheless, it can happen that something remains unclear, so: If you have questions about this article you can easily reach me at +49 231 93149827.

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