A bespoke solution is
one that is created specifically for you – you get exactly
what you need. The system will be built to a design derived
from your requirements. There is no compromise, and you are
not paying for features that you have no requirement for.
Perhaps the most common bespoke
solution is a company web site. It’s generally designed
specifically for you, to do what you want it to do –
simply display company information, allow customers to purchase
your products, or even to host a forum for interactive discussions.
The advantages of bespoke
systems are clear – you don’t have to change the
way you work, you get something that does everything you need,
not ‘nearly’ everything. You can also have it
delivered in stages, have what you can afford and need right
now, putting off less important features to a later date.
Downsides to bespoke solutions
are that you cannot have it right now as it needs to be created,
the initial costs may be higher and choosing the wrong provider
can be a costly mistake.
A hybrid solution can roll together all three
of the different system types. It can combine products, customised
solutions and even bespoke systems from other suppliers.
In a hybrid solution you may
have an ecommerce site through which you trade, and accounts
package into which you manually enter the trading data in
order to do your books. The hybrid solution provides a connection
between the two, and could automatically import the sales
at the end of each trading day.