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Should I Build Custom Software?

What is Custom Software and Why Do You Need It?

Only build custom software if you are prepared to invest thousands of dollars into building and maintaining the software long-term. And only build custom software if it will make a big difference for your business or unlock a new opportunity to make more money.

Less Is More – 4 Benefits of Starting with a Minimum Viable Product

An MVP usually targets early adopters and includes only the minimum amount of features to validate your value proposition hypotheses.

Should You Build New Software or Buy It?

You know the pros and cons of building vs. buying software. But how do you weigh them? By evaluating your need for control – how much are you willing to pay to put your process first?
How Do I Budget for a Custom Software Project?

Fixed Price vs. Time & Materials vs. FBSC (Fixed-Budget, Scope-Controlled)

Traditional pricing strategies, like “Fixed Prices” and “Time and Materials”, bring risk to the client and the software product. Atomic uses a Fixed-Budget, Scope-Controlled approach that offers the best of both worlds.

How to Set a Budget for Your Custom Software Project

Software is never done—there are always more features and functions you could add. So how much should you budget for a custom software project? Some companies keep throwing money at the project without any budget at all. But they can miss out on early client feedback and end up wasting money on the wrong things.

How Atomic Goes About Setting a Project Budget

If you’ve worked with other custom software companies, you’ll notice that Atomic’s approach to budgeting is unique. It’s a lot more time-intensive and comprehensive.
Who Can Help Me Build Custom Software?

How to Select a Software Development Partner

When preparing to take on a new software development project, you are faced with the difficult decision of selecting a vendor you will entrust to build an application critical to your business’s future. And, the stakes are high.

To In-source or to Out-source? 9 Questions to Ask Potential Teams

There are advantages to both internal & external teams. Make sure you ask the same questions of both.

What To Expect From Your Product Development Team

If you're going to develop custom software, leverage a product dev team. Find a team you can rely on, don’t underestimate the difficulty, and trust your team.
What Should I Do to Prepare for My Software Project?

Custom Software for Beginners: What You Need to Know for Your First Project

If you aren't in the software business, you probably will be soon. That's where Atomic Object comes in. We want to demystify the custom software project process by giving you a window into what we do at Atomic every day.

Writing a Great Software Development Contract

If you’ve never worked through contracting for custom software development services, it can be challenging. Your existing software development contract templates may be rooted in business relationships focused on purchasing tangible goods or pre-existing software. Custom software development contracts have unique considerations and require a slight shift in mindset.

5 Ways to Prepare for the Start of Your Custom Software Project

Sometimes, there's a lull between the pre-project phase and the kickoff. Here are some homework items that will get your project started on the right foot.
Do I Need to Maintain My Software?

How to Budget Responsibly for Software Project Maintenance

You've made a big investment in creating a custom software package, and you want it to last for years to come. That means software project maintenance.

Modernizing Custom Software on a Tight Budget? Yes, It is Possible

It’s tempting to put off software modernization when your budget is tight, but this can be a risky move. Your competitors are likely investing in their own software and modern technologies to improve their business

Avoid Software Rot with Strategic Maintenance

Software applications (like homes, cars, and nearly everything else) need maintenance. Even when the software itself doesn’t change, the systems/devices it runs on and the larger software environment are always moving forward. This is called Software rot.
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