Perhaps the simplest
example of a customised solution is an Excel spreadsheet running
a few macros. Another example could be a customised installation
of ACT to manage your business contacts for a small pool of
Customised solutions can work
for many small businesses. They are generally not too expensive
to get started with and will allow some room for future requirements
to be added. They are understood by a reasonably large number
of support groups so there is always help available.
The downside to these solutions
if that they have limits. An access database may server a
company well for a number of years, but when records start
hitting 300,000 lines, Access can become unusable.