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Advantages/Disadvantages of off the shelf software vs. custom software

Advantages of off the shelf software as compared to custom made software

1 . Compatibility - Off the shelf software has a wide number of users as compared to custom made software . That means it is much easier to share documents or s with many more users using off the shelf , than custom made software , since more people will have the common ' software to open the

2 . Price - The cost of developing off the shelf software is spread over a larger number of people , thus making it relatively cheaper as compared to custom

software which is only designed for one or just a few number of people 3 . Highly Advanced - More resources are employed in developing off the shelf software as compared to custom made software . Thus it can be highly advanced , sophiscated and with more features than custom made software

Disadvantages off the shelf software as compared to custom made software

1 . Off the shelf software is designed with many users in mind and thus may not exactly fulfill a users needs . Custom software is localized to a users needs

2 . Longer time to learn- Off the shelf software are usually highly complicated as compared too custom software and thus may take quite a long time to learn how to use it . Custom made software is relatively less complicated and hence may take less time to learn...

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