Startups and businesses need topnotch system development services in Hong Kong like those offered by us at FunctionEight to ensure that their management systems have reliable functionalities that can handle their information technology and networking needs.

Such needs include their CRM systems, POS systems, ERP systems, as well as systems for human resources and accounting.

Having a custom-fit system developed for your company is worth the extra cost for many reasons, which we’ll discuss below.

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Why Choose FunctionEight for Custom System Development?

It’d be fine if a given software application, module, or program suits the requirements of your business from top to bottom. However, if it misses certain aspects of your specific blogging, fashion, or industrial textile company, system development might be required.

If you wish to try out a customized IT system like what we here at FunctionEight offer, we recommend that you ask yourself the following questions first before developing such a system or before choosing a system development company in Hong Kong:

Some proprietary IT systems go about their data management and info organization in broad strokes, allowing for them to serve as templates for a given business.

So why would you make a customized system like those offered by FunctionEight instead of using a readily made template-type system for accounting systems, CRM, ERP, HR systems, Event Registration Systems, and POS? It’s to make a better fit.

You can use existing management systems for common procedures like event registration, online booking, and so forth. Specifics require more customized systems for your company.

Such existing systems lower cost and you don’t have to spend development time investigating what you need optimized for your company. They’re also good for immediate results for startups. Down the line, you need to customize though.

You have low flexibility with a generalized management system. Some issues you’ll still have to do manually or list down on Notepad or Excel instead of having the system take care of it.

You also face more restrictions in regards to system functions because they’re supposed to fit into common business functions without any extra functionality for the specifics of keeping inventory for, say, office supplies in a national bookstore.

While existing broad-strokes systems have their place in the industry, they mainly charge their clients per month or per year as a subscription to a not-as-functional service.

Yes, it’s intimidating for a growing company to design a company-specific or even industry-specific custom system to suit their marketing and sales requirements. However, going over the developmental hump can pay huge dividends to your company when push comes to shove.

The perils of getting a buggy system at the start as you figure out how it best fits your clothing store, your eCommerce shop, your tattoo parlor, or your door-to-door plumbing services is worth it.

As a startup grows into a middle-level to high-level business with its own branches, you can’t depend on simple broad-strokes systems anymore to cater to specifics like calculating plumbing material costs versus labor costs when making a price quote.

You can trust us at FunctionEight as your Hong Kong system development company provider. We’re a highly experienced system development company in Hong Kong that offers a complete range of outsourced IT services and consultancy, on top of world-class system development services in Hong Kong.

We are very experienced in developing customized Hong Kong IT management systems that fit your CRM, ERP, HR, and POS requirements 100 percent. We have affordable development rates and can orient your company to such a system in just a short amount of time, so that your business can get down to business as soon as possible.

Existing vs. Customized Systems by FunctionEight

If you wish to avail of custom system development services in Hong Kong, you can’t go
wrong with those offered here at FunctionEight.

More to the point, let’s compare the differences between a customized management
system by FunctionEight and an existing broad-strokes management system.
It will show you exactly why our custom management systems are superior to existing ones.

Business Requirements
Operation Requirements
Targeting and Flexibility
Payment Delivery
Customer Data Security
Ownership of Data
Expansion and Optimization

Customized Management Systems

100 percent fit for the specific company’s operational requirements.
It has strong targeting of customer leads while being highly flexible at the
same time.
The payment is one-time but you’ll have to deal with research time and development costs in one go for your company-specific system.
You’ll get fully secured customer data. You can also request the developer to sign a confidentiality agreement for good measure.
The data is wholly owned by the client.
You can add new functions and modules to optimize the system since it is tailor-made to be that way for your specific company.
Existing Management Systems
Uses standardized or universal features your company might not need or might not fit into specific individual circumstances.
It’s less flexible compared to tailor-made management software and its targeting of customers is comparatively weaker too.
It’s much cheaper upfront but more expensive down-the-line like rent since you have to pay a monthly or annual subscription fee.
It’s not as secure. The data could be analyzed then sold off to the market by your existing management system provider.
The vendor of the existing management company could own the data barring any contracts regarding hosting and data deletion.
The new functions either cost you extra or many times over the original price or they’re impossible to implement.
Business Requirements Customized Management Systems Existing Management Systems
Operation Requirements 100 percent fit for the specific company’s operational requirements. Uses standardized or universal features your company might not need or might not fit into specific individual circumstances.
Targeting and Flexibility It has strong targeting of customer leads while being highly flexible at the
same time.
It’s less flexible compared to tailor-made management software and its targeting of customers is comparatively weaker too.
Payment Delivery The payment is one-time but you’ll have to deal with research time and development costs in one go for your company-specific system. It’s much cheaper upfront but more expensive down-the-line like rent since you have to pay a monthly or annual subscription fee.
Customer Data Security You’ll get fully secured customer data. You can also request the developer to sign a confidentiality agreement for good measure. It’s not as secure. The data could be analyzed then sold off to the market by your existing management system provider.
Ownership of Data The data is wholly owned by the client. The vendor of the existing management company could own the data barring any contracts regarding hosting and data deletion.
Expansion and Optimization You can add new functions and modules to optimize the system since it is tailor-made to be that way for your specific company. The new functions either cost you extra or many times over the original price or they’re impossible to implement.

When to Use Existing Management Systems

Startups, traditional stable businesses, and nonspecific inventory keeping that’s a tad more complex than what you can get from spreadsheets can make use of existing management systems just fine. Here are some things you need to know:

  • Deal with the Cards You Are Dealt with
    You’ll have to deal with whatever user interface or system design they’ve put for the software.

  • Review What Your Business is All About
    Review your business’s nature, expansion potential, and structure before deciding on getting an existing management system.

  • Simpler Businesses Using Traditional Means of Sales 
    Many businesses share the same POS system, particularly traditional brick-and-mortar commerce and eCommerce shops.

  • Smaller Companies with Less Demanding Workflow Changes
    These systems are fine to use with smaller companies that require only similarly smaller changes on your daily workflow.

    If your company grows or scales up to the point that your existing management system is barely more useful than a spreadsheet or note, then it’s likely the right time to avail of our customized system development services in Hong Kong in order to handle more complex operations.

When to Use Customized Management Systems by FunctionEight

The main issue with these template systems is that you might need to request for functions or customizations from your software vendor in order to get additional coding and features for your company.

This can double or triple the cost of the original system. There should come a point where customizing a system from scratch care of us here at FunctionEight is the more cost-effective option.

  • Start Simple and Grow from There
    Have your IT use the existing management system as a template for something specific to your company that develops and improves through the years.

  • Using Tried-and-True Methods
    Don’t be afraid to request your IT services from us at FunctionEight to incorporate existing management system features onto your custom management system since they’ve been proven effective before.

  • Thinking Outside the Box
    You can think outside the box and incorporate things like an internal mobile app that can make orders for clients digitally. Or a bank app that lets people make reservations instead of lining up to the bank teller.

  • Going By Trial and Error
    Experiment and try out features that might work and discard any unnecessary features. Mix and match. The whole point of customizing the system is to optimize your company’s information flow and workflow.

  • Fixing Existing Problems
    One way to get new ideas for system features is to tackle any workflow bottlenecks or issues. You can also reduce human error and get improved stock management by POS systems unique to your company.

  • Improving Workflow
    The difference in workflow with a customized management system that’s scaled in accordance to the growth of your company is night and day. Like being able to walk faster with better-fitting shoes.

  • Specific Troubleshooting
    Making your own system unique to your business might be tough to maintain by your own in-house IT or a third-party, but it’s worth it when dealing with specific problems only your company deals with.

Why Entrust Your System Development to FunctionEight?

To sum everything up, we at FunctionEight are aware of all the complexities and logistics that go with system development for startups as well as big businesses. Putting us in charge of your system design and software development allows for a custom-fit experience and the best system you can possibly have.

We are a trusted and long-established system development company in Hong Kong with real experts in this field. You can rest assured that your IT services will run uninterrupted when your own proprietary system is developed by FunctionEight services.

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