Why Choose Insites?

When a business decides to invest in software, they need to choose whether to build entirely from scratch or to use a platform that gives them functionality out-of-the-box.

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Each of these options comes with their own costs and considerations. The table below compares building a project on the Insites Platform, against building the same required functionality from scratch in a bespoke software solution

Consideration

Build From Scratch

Insites

Consideration

Documentation

build from scratch

High Cost

You must clearly document all the requirements, including mock-ups, process flows, all possible fields, error handling and user interactions.

Insites

Low Cost

Included functionality is already documented for you. You need only define the custom elements of your project.

Consideration

Development

Build from scratch

High Cost

You will need to develop every piece of functionality, including ones that might be easy to forget (user management and permissions,, site maps, site search, etc).

Insites

Low Cost

Insites includes an ever expanding range of core functionality that does not need to be developed by you. Simply spend your focus and budget on custom workflows or business logic which is specific to your business.

Consideration

Testing

build from scratch

High Cost

You will need to test every process that is built to ensure it behaves exactly as expected.

Insites

Low Cost

Insites uses an automated test process for all included functionality. Tests only need to be carried out for the custom aspects of your project.

Consideration

Reliability

Build from scratch

High Cost

You will need a dedicated resource to manage the software that you build. This can be outsourced, however as the project becomes more custom/specialist, the cost of maintenance increases.

Insites

Low Effort

Insites is responsible for making sure that the system is reliable. If you choose a Combinate Management Plan, we will handle all updates and minor fixes to keep your project running smoothly.

Consideration

Uncertainty

build from scratch

High

Custom software can take many months to build. This lead time makes it difficult to know if the decisions that you make now are correct.

Insites

Low

As you can implement Insites in a matter of days, you can start to refine what you need and remove uncertainty quickly.

Consideration

Integration

Build from scratch

High Cost

You must define all systems to integrate with to handle your business functions (sending emails, collecting payments, monitoring traffic, etc,).

Insites

Low Cost

Insites includes many integrations out of the box, including emails, SMS , online payments and analytics . You can also add custom integrations via the powerful Application Programming Interface (API).

Consideration

Project Risks

build from scratch

High

Bespoke projects mean that you take on all risks associated with the project.

Insites

Low

Insites removes the risks from large parts of the project by giving a known and predictable output in a faster time.

Consideration

Timeframe

Build from scratch

Long

Custom software projects can be unpredictable and take a long time to complete. Documentation and requirement gathering alone can be more than 1 month of effort.

Insites

Short

Insites can be up and running in a matter of days. You can start to add custom requirements in small increments and see the results of the work much faster.

Consideration

Upfront Costs

build from scratch

High

You will typically need to pay one third to 50% of a project to commence work. As the overall cost of the project will be higher, the upfront costs can be high.

Insites

Low

Insites charge a Licence Fee for access to the platform. We charge a Customisation Fee to configure the platform to your business. This cost is much lower than building all of the software from scratch.

Consideration

Ongoing Costs

Build from scratch

High

You will need to pay the full cost of maintaining the software, which includes security patches, upgrading infrastructure and ensuring the platform runs smoothly. This is before you pay the cost for any future features or improvements that you want to see in the software.

Insites

Low

As part of the Insites License Fee, you will receive regular maintenance updates for your version of the software. If you choose a Combinate Management Plan, we will handle all updates and minor fixes to keep your project up to date. You can focus more of your budget towards building features or improvements that you want to see.

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