If you’ve been assessing software for your business, you’re probably familiar with the two main approaches used by vendors:
1. Build customised software from scratch
2. Use pre-built “cookie-cutter” software
The problem with the first option- building from scratch- is that it takes a long time, and this means big bucks. Most businesses that come to us have problems that they want solved NOW, and they understandably don’t want to break the bank. Another problem with building software from scratch is that it’s a very complicated process that doesn’t always go to plan. IT projects are notorious for going over time and over budget and causing a lot of stress for business owners.
One-size-fits-all, out-of-the-box, “cookie-cutter” software is a faster and cheaper way to get rolling with a new system, but with this option you lose all flexibility and have to work around the exact features provided. One of the main reasons businesses come to us is that they’ve tried this approach and are being severely limited by their rigid systems.
So how is the Outpost approach different?
We build you a fully customised system, but we don’t do it completely from scratch. We use our cutting-edge Outpost platform, which basically works like a Lego set for building customised software. By using pre-built piece-parts to assemble your system, and customising those piece parts for your specific requirements, we’re able to deliver a fully customised system at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional software development.
In addition to the small piece parts we use to build you customised features, we also have larger piece parts that we can use to streamline development even further. You can choose from more than 40 fully pre-built modules for your project, which are then customised for your needs. Work orders, quotes, invoices, tasks, you name it. Check out our features page for more info.
As an example, our quotes module has been popular with many multi-site service companies. It has all of the elements you would expect in a quotes module such as auto-filling of customer details, the ability to create and send PDFs and a place to attach any relevant files.
But what about the specific information YOU want included in your quote gathering process? The amount of hours forecasted, a drop down list off tools required, mandatory fields?
With a huge range of small and large building blocks and 5 years of experience putting them together, we’re able to deliver the exact system what you want, fast, at a price that certainly won’t break the bank.
So why not get an obligation-free proposal for your own customised software today. Contact us to get the ball rolling.