A custom development is a tailor-made solution, as opposed to standard software, designed and produced to meet specific needs for the customer’s software packages.
Although our recommendations as integrators are to adhere as closely as possible to software standards, in particular to ensure longevity and maintainability, there are times when this is not possible:
- essential features
- specific business needs not covered by standard solutions
- special user requirements
What custom developments are needed in supply chain software?
ERP and Supply Chain Management solutions are key to the prosperity of any company, using technological tools to support business performance.
To meet the various challenges of digital transformation, some companies have opted not to use standard software. They use ERP systems and” home-made ” or ” tailor-made” supply chain solutions.
Other companies complement standard applications with “add-ons”. These specific developments or parameterizations enable us to adjust to existing processes as closely as possible. These are known as mixed solutions. It is therefore a question of additional ERP development to complement the standard, and more rarely of “from scratch” development.
If standard solutions (Supply Chain, ERP, etc.) require customization for your business, our teams can enhance your application solution by developing additional business rules, customizations, integrations and data migrations.
Tailor-made application solutions for your business
ALOER supports you in its two areas of expertise: ERP and Supply Chain Planning (APS) or Execution (WMS) solutions.
Our teams are experts in standard software, and can adapt certain applications to fit to your needs. They are also able to advise you and carry out customized adaptations thanks to their Supply Chain and ERP experience.
This cross-disciplinary approach means we can provide your company with an all-in-one service. We place particular emphasis on parameterization and deployment, to ensure that the functional and technical aspects are in line with the specifications.
Impacts and risks of custom developments?
Opting for custom development offers a number of advantages, particularly in terms of customizing the software’s functionalities.
However, there are a few details to consider before choosing this option. In particular, custom developments take longer to implement and are sometimes more complex for operational teams to get to grips with.
ALOER guarantees transparency from the very start of the project and throughout, so that there are no grey areas.
The addition of specific developments is often synonymous with a complicated project requiring expertise. These developments must be carried out by specialists.
What’s more, the high lifecycle and maintenance costs of software don’t guarantee the rapid return on investment promised by standard solutions. Nevertheless, custom development can be beneficial in other ways (people, processes, etc.) which will quickly compensate for this investment.
Is your project finished?
Our TMA support teams are committed to responding to your maintenance requests to :
- ensure that your solutions remain up to date to guarantee the security of your processes,
- guarantee performance by applying the latest software and business best practices.
How do you prepare for your project?
First of all, an internal review must be carried out with the key players. The aim is to draw up a set of specifications, an expression of your needs that will serve as the basis for the following stages. This is important if we are to manage the project properly from the outset.
Modules can be listed, and changes anticipated in line with the company’s strategy for the coming years. The important thing is to have a global vision of your project.
For users of ERP or Supply Chain Management solutions, the question of data recovery and future migrations needs to be addressed.
The second step is to select candidates from the market, and discover solutions through presentations and software demonstrations.
This step will enable you to choose a trusted partner to accompany you throughout your project.
Why choose standard software over custom development?
Although there is a plethora of general-purpose solutions, some publishers have targeted markets before developing their software solutions.
In this way, they have oriented the applications’ development so that they respond as closely as possible to their market constraints. Why “reinvent the wheel” when the standard solution exists and you can get up and running quickly?
Not to mention the financial aspects in favour of the standard:
- reduced corrective and application maintenance,
- reduced project and human costs,
- faster time to market,
- simplified project management,
However, there will always be business specificities within the same market, and the evolutionary maintenance of a tool remains essential for the upkeep of specific or non-specific software.
The case of process industries, such as the pharmaceutical, food and chemical industriesis a good example.
It’s our duty as consultants to guide CIOs and managers towards high-performance IT environments, whether for ERP development or specific Supply Chain development. Our customers’ satisfaction depends on the way we manage our business, and not the other way around.
The benefits of best-of-breed
A “best-of-breed” information system or SCM solution is all about strategy:
- Rather than relying on a single vendor for enterprise software, it makes sense to find the best software for each individual field of application, and the interfaces between the tools are then made.
- best-of-breed” software solutions are those that are truly effective in their specific field.
The software selected by ALOER as an integrator is “best of breed”, i.e. software specially designed to match :
- Supply Chain processes: from S&OP to production scheduling,
- or a specific industry, such as the Process Batch industry with the ERP Blending.