The dilemma between choosing off-the shelf product vs developing the custom software through consultant is a never ending saga. Custom development services allow businesses to transform their daily operations into specific goal oriented apps. Unlike off-the-shelf IoT solutions, Custom IoT has the remarkable ability to run exactly the way we want it to.
Since every business has different requirements, it is very difficult for one product to accommodate multiple needs simultaneously. The below are some of the advantages of custom IoT
1. Tailor made :
Customised IoT Solutions are contrived by utilising the latest up-to-date technology. The system are developed exceptionally to satisfy the client’s business requirements.
Any discontent or difficulty of the client that appear during the development process can be improved while the formulation of the software with customer permission and that is the most significant benefit of the customised development.
So no-one-size-fits-all concept work for IoT Solutions in every 6 / 10 scenarios.
2. Minimal cost :
Sometimes the costs associated with developing custom business applications for your business are higher than purchasing a ready-made product, and sometimes they are not. The long-term benefits of investing in developing custom business applications are far more valuable than purchasing a ready-made product. Plus imagine the additional cost you would incur when paying for licences, be it short or long term or implementation when you buy off the shelf products.
Key Takeaway : Clients only have to pay for what’s required for their business.
3. Maintenance :
With customised IoT solutions , your infrastructure is maintained for as long as you require it to be. With off-the-shelf software, your business is at the mercy of the software / hardware developer that you are purchasing from.
e.g.: This is what happened to a leading consumer brand (washing machines) in India, whose water-flow and level sensor company was brought by a European Major, they decided to stop the product line completely in 30 days notice. Which lead to 21% business loss in 2013.
A major benefit that you get with custom business applications is an efficient and reliable technical support plan.
You will have full access to a technical support team that was involved in the development process of your application, so all your encountered problems are resolved in an efficient manner. – This is a major challenge when it comes to off-the-shelf IoT Solutions.
Customised Solutions develops collaborative cultures in organisations that want to make a mark in their industry.
The key to driving every desired result in organizations is collaboration.
A white paper by NASSCOM staged that High-collaboration and high-trust organisations outperform low collaboration and low-trust organisations by 286% in total return to shareholders.
Unlike Software Development , the field of IoT has unique needs for every implementation and attention to every details is very important so that solutions meet the needs of the business at the optimal cost and maintenance overhead.
e.g. Techuva Solutions had to do a 1 month study on a Telangana Government’s IoT Project to just understand various parameters , thresholds and then order sensors from different part of the globe and had it assembled and installed. Though the Prototype Cost for Techuva and Lead time to complete the prototype was higher than suggesting an off-the-shelf product, but this customised package helped us to manage the 7 parameters much more effectively and accurately.
Here are few things that Techuva considered before proposing the solutions :
1. Landscape and Geography
2. Demand and Scalability
3. Data Load
4. Parameters on-demand, off-line
7. Infra Exposure (like Solar Power , DG Power, Backup, Security, Vandalism) etc.
e.g: Continuous Calliberation of values of hardware sensors becomes easy only if the core logic is re-programmable OTA (over the air) on a on-demand basis. this helped Techuva and the Client to reprogram / re-calliberate the solutions over 10 times without having the need to go the site.
Conclusion : ” There is no magic-sauce for every problem nor there is a cookie cutter out there so solve things easily. So most problems of today needs personalised solutions to yield results faster. ” – CEO, Techuva.