Cost cutting in Custom Software – 4 : Cosmetic Clutter
Srivatsan Aravamudan Nemili / Apr 3, 2017
yet another post on cutting down custom software cost. Every step you take towards cutting down cost
helps not only your organization but also urges consultants to provide quality
solutions at effective pricing. If you
have not read the previous posts on this topic you may read them here, here and
here. Having said that, let us now
explore the topic of today.
Cosmetic Clutter of Custom Software:
the last time you bought an up to date gadget which offered numerous features, some
of which, you found most attractive. Perhaps it is those specific features that
made you buy that product in the first place. And yet those features are either
under used or not used at all.
claim that majority of the users only use 40 % – 50% of functions offered by
the gadgets. Isn’t it strange that we pay
hefty price to acquire those features of the product by seldom use them? Perhaps
it’s the fear of missing out that that enables us to have more. The same
applies to custom software development. Trust
me, functionalities requested for most of the software development projects are
dramatically over exaggerated.
I have had
customers who wanted applications to look sexy and sleek. I often ask them to
define what these terms would mean to them, as they can be relative i.e. what
is sleek or sexy to me perhaps would not be the same for another person. These functionalities can range from overall
appeal of the applications, like home page graphical components, animated UIs
or functionalities serving to un realistic or un common situations. Or in other
terms, Cosmetic Clutter which would contribute to the cost of the software.
While I am
not against uber-cool Hollywood animations in the applications, I often
question their purpose, as it is going to cost time and resources. By stripping
down to the basics and most vital functionalities first, your consultant can
often come up with a design that works in accordance to your need and eliminate
the cosmetics costs. Choose something simple and timeless as what is current may not
remain the same in future.
nice-to-have features are mostly the result of negotiations with the IT
consultant. You compromise on one thing, hoping to get another and usually
these compromises are also included in the cost of the application. So be mindful when you make compromises, and
ask the vendor whether the new feature would cost more effort in terms of money
for today folks! Let us know what you think about the post and feel free to
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Business Analyst - Snr Software Consultant.