Why Consider Bespoke Software Development?
There are certain software products that are found in almost every business. These include word processors, spreadsheets, accounting software and many other applications. And for many businesses these do what is needed. But there are situations where software developed for your own business can make the difference between surviving and growing.
At By Design we have been developing software applications and tools since the 1980s. Our first product, back in 1982, was a CAD program that ran on the BBC Micro. At that time, the only CAD programs available cost thousands of pounds and needed massive computers to run them on. Novacad broke that mold. It was a fully featured tool to allow anyone to produce accurate drawings at a fraction of the cost of the competition. Schools and small businesses across the UK bought the software and it featured in many exhibitions. It even found fame in Africa, sadly as a pirated version.
In the 1980s and 90s we spent some time specialising in embedded software for hardware manufactured by third parties. Products included:
- A ground trainer for aircrew in a Norwich based aviation company. This involved the development of some hardware interfaces as well the controlling software.
- The software for the controller for a radio communication system. The system was sold to many companies including British Gas and several similar mobile service companies.
- Numerous cryptographic products including algorythm testing applications.
- Towards the end of the 1990s we were engaged to develop a software system to completely run the operations of an importing and sales company. They had only just started and had just five staff. As they grew, so did the software and within five years they were a multi-million pound company, still running on our software. The entire company including accounts was supported by our software across every department in the company and across multiple sites in the UK.
For some years now we have specialised in developing software that runs on the internet, or in the cloud as it is often called. The advantages can be enormous and include: No instalation hassles. Update once for every user. Run from anywhere in the world where you have an internet connection. Run on almost any device. There are situations where we would suggest an application would be better written to run natively on a PC but this is something we have not been called to develop for some time now. The world has moved into the clouds.
We have just released our flagship accounts program 365accounts.com. You can try it out for free right now if you go to https://www.365accounts.com And if you sign up before the 213rd September it will always be free for you.
Managing your Money
We all need to keep an eye on our finances, but it can be hard to see what our financial position will be a few weeks into the future. 365 Budget is the answer. You add repeating incomes and outgoings, add individual payments as they occur and the system does the rest. All your financial events shown clearly on a calendar. You can have a 30 day free trial if you go to https://www.365accounts.com/budget. If you like it (and we're sure you will) then it is just £10 per year to keep using it. And payment is through PayPal for your protection.