Custom software development isn’t an easy task to undertake and each project will present its own challenges and costs that can make it difficult to plan for. When you have the right support and a host of expense optimisation tools at your disposal, you can take the headache out of the process and create worthwhile products that will increase your revenue.
The costly pitfalls
When you want to minimise the outgoings associated with custom software development, one of the first things to do is define the areas that could incur running costs when issues arise. To support your business needs in this niche, you will need to minimise issues in planning and communication first and foremost, because when one of these is lacking, you may miss deadlines, have to rework elements of the project and more that can have an impact on how much you need to spend.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at how you can optimise these areas to stay on budget.
The planning phase sets the benchmark for the entire project and one thing that many businesses overlook is that budgeting and planning should be undertaken at the same time. This is because a budget will only be relevant when you know exactly what you need to spend and improper planning can cost you in unexpected ways.
Be sure to break down the project into phases and define the exact scope, objectives you are aiming to meet and the requirements of your client, their audience and what the product should be providing.
When your teams fail to properly communicate with each other, not only can your project run into delays, but the final product may not meet the requirements originally outlined by your client. When mistakes are made, entire sections of the software may need to be completely revamped and this could cost you a significant sum. A good way to make sure everyone is on the same page is to get them to take part in scrum meetings where stages of the project are discussed, reviewed, tested and modified in real time to ensure things run closer to original timelines.
Once you have these areas covered, it can be worthwhile to take a look at alternative implementations that can save you money – and one such method is opting for low to no code solutions. Low-code solutions have been designed to streamline the software development process by eliminating code from as many areas as possible. This is done by converting textual information to visual. When your development team has access to a more model-driven, drag-and-drop interface, you could save some significant time and effort, which in turn can up productivity and save you money on unnecessary expenses.
No/low code solutions can be even more worthwhile when you consider that source code has an underlying influence on the entire product, so issues can present themselves at any point in the project. The longer coding hiccups are overlooked, the more reparations may need to be done and costs can quickly mount up.