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Developing Customized Software
If none of the available pre-written software packages can meet the specific requirements
of an organization and if the organization has an in-house software development team,
the organization may very well choose to get; customized software package developed inhouse to satisfy the specific requirements. The following steps ar typically followed for
the in-house development of a software package:
1. A project team is first constituted to carry out the development activity.
2. The team studies the requirements carefully and plans the functional modules for the
3. It then analyzes which of the functional modules need to be developed and which of
the functional modules' requirements can be met with an existing pre-written software.
For the functional modules that need to be developed, the team next plans their
programs and does the coding, testing, debugging and*documentation for the planned
5. All the modules are then tested in an integrated manner.
6. The software is then implemented, used and maintained.
The following are the advantages and limitations of developing a customized software
package in-house rather than getting it developed by an outside party:
1. It is easier to carry out changes in the software if it is developed in-house. 2. Developing software in-house means a major commitment of time, money and
resources because an in-house software development team needs to be maintained and
Downloading Public-domain Software
A public-domain software is a software that is available for free or for a very nominal
charge from the bulletin boards or user-group libraries on the Internet. Creators of these
software obtain distribution for their products by supplying free copies to bulletin boards
and user-group libraries. Their basic idea behind this is to popularize their software to as
many users as possible. Users are encouraged to copy these software and try them out.
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This document was uploaded on 04/07/2014.
- Spring '14