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The Advantages of Custom NFC Software

By Robert R. Sabella

Using custom Near Field Communication (NFC) software does come with costs, such as development time, that you really do need to consider. However, it can also have some significant advantages when used appropriately. The following list offers some good reasons to use custom software to meet specific needs:

  • Tailor made solution: When you use software created by someone else, you’re buying into that party’s vision of what you need. In most cases, third parties do a great job anticipating the needs for a short-term campaign but are less proficient at building solutions for long-term needs. If you plan to monitor tag usage over a long period, a custom solution can provide flexibility and functionality that third-party solutions lack.
  • Cost: Depending on the terms you can get from a third party, a custom solution could end up costing you less over the long term if you can use the software to meet multiple needs. Software that you create yourself tends to pay for itself over the long term, assuming that you get enough benefit from it to offset development costs.
  • Maintenance: You need to weigh the cost of maintaining the software on your own against the cost of dealing with third-party updates. Any time a third party updates your software, you need time to incorporate the changes into your organizational structure. When working with custom software, you can time updates for convenient times to you and maintain your software indefinitely so that you don’t have to worry about the potential for vendor lock in.
  • Integration: A custom solution will integrate well with multiple business processes and with your organization’s policies. Third-party solutions can turn out to be the square peg fitting into a round hole at times.
  • Support: Third parties tend to keep costs down by reducing support costs as much as possible. When working with a custom solution, you decide how much support to provide. In addition, the support is specific to your organization, so you don’t need to worry about things like travel time or conflicting policies.