Bespoke Software Development

Bespoke software development is a custom-made software solution that is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of your business or organisation.
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So, what is bespoke software?

Unlike off-the-shelf software, which is designed to be used by a wide range of businesses, developing bespoke software ensures a system is tailored to the specific requirements of a single company or operation within that company.  

Bespoke software development allows the software to be highly optimised for your organisation’s particular business processes, making it more efficient and effective than a generic solution. With bespoke software development, you can ensure your systems support your behaviours and operations, rather than the other way around!

Should I buy an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution or go bespoke?

Whether you’re a small or large organisation, technology and software is an integral part of your business and operations. For many small and mid-sized businesses, the assumption is that off the shelf software will be the most affordable and ‘do the job’. However, this is often not the case.  

Whether you’re a small or large organisations, if you have complexity within your operations, off-the-shelf solutions will often have key features missing. Your organisation could end up working around the software, rather than the software working for you.

Can I afford bespoke software development?

Bespoke solutions have dramatically dropped in cost in recent years. Whereas traditional bespoke software development focused on expensive onsite infrastructure and fragmented technology, cloud computing has greatly standardised the way things are built and removed the need for expensive infrastructure.  

Cloud computing has also resulted in greater robustness, better security, and a more straightforward software development process. This also means you’re less tied to the engineering or development team you start out with.

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Better, more purposeful integrations

Although there are many ways to automatically plug in external data sources, the majority do not provide the flexibility that many enterprise customers demand. By leveraging a bespoke software solution, you can create custom integrations that directly serve the needs of your business. See how we integrated six datasets into one bespoke view.


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Bespoke Application Development

Bespoke application development can be used for a wide range of purposes, including managing customer relationships, automating business processes, and analysing data to make better business decisions.

There are often ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions that can achieve 90% of your requirements, however that last 10% could be the difference between good decisions and great decisions.

As every organisation is different and before any software development, we often start exploring your fundamental business challenge and shadowing your teams to see how and when information or insights are required. Rather than simply building a solution to your spec, we will provide an external point of view, exploring the best options for your specific use-case. Get in touch to see how we can help you.

Bespoke System Integrations

Although most businesses have moved away from paper records, the digital data they hold is often in multiple formats and held in multiple places. Making best use of this digital data can be difficult.  

Codiance are experts in bringing those data sources together. Bespoke system integration is the process of combining data from the multiple sources in a way that allows the data to be more easily used and understood. Often, the final output is a single screen of decision-making information from multiple sources. Ultimately, we help you to be more efficient, more cost-effective and make better decisions.  

We’ll help you find ways of combining data from different formats and structures, as well as cleaning and transforming the data to make it more consistent and usable. Complex data integrations can be challenging to implement. However, with our vast experience and expertise, we can help you to gain insights and understandings that would otherwise be difficult to achieve. Get in touch to see how we can help you.

Umbraco CMS Development

Umbraco is the most flexible content management system (CMS) for almost any scenario. It's also known as the 'friendly CMS', due to its simplicity to use and navigate.

Unlike some other CMS platforms, Umbraco doesn't work to its full potential on its own. It requires an expert development team. This is where it's strengths lie, as it allows an unparalleled level of customisability.

Umbraco is also ideal for integrations. Unlike many other CMS platforms, Umbraco does not treat everything as 'content'. This approach allows for complex data integrations, which is an area that Codiance also specialise in.

Bespoke Software for Small and Mid-sized Manufacturers 

At its heart, our bespoke systems will save your business time, make better use of your data and ultimately, make you more efficient and profitable. If your requirements fall into one of the below, you should get in touch for a free, no obligation consultation.

There has been a lot of focus on optimising the manufacturing process itself. For many small and mid-sized manufacturer’s, this has been a cost-prohibitive approach. By focusing our expertise on your supporting operations (rather than the actual manufacturing process), we’re able to implement measurable improvements at a fraction of the cost of many off-the-shelf solutions. Get in touch to see how we can help you.

We’re always looking for new problems to solve. We’re often supporting manufacturers in the areas below.

Bespoke Software Development For Manufacturers


  • Customer Portals
  • Delivery Systems
  • Order Tracking
  • Sales Systems


  • Data Management
  • Cloud Migration
  • System Integrations
  • Operating Systems


  • Reporting
  • Resource Planning
  • Automated Ordering
  • Workflow Inventory

Bespoke software for commercial property management

We’ve built the bespoke software and backbone to some of the worlds largest commercial property platforms. Our expertise is in bringing multiple sets of disparate information and data together in a way that’s simple to digest and make decisions with.

Most importantly, we ensure we have your business challenge at the centre of the work we do. We don’t simply build to a spec, rather we look at what you’re fundamentally trying to achieve and develop creative solutions to the problem.

Whether your business is focused on commercial or residential property, and no matter the size, our vast experience and familiarity ensure we can find the solution to make your business more efficient and more profitable. Get in touch to see how we can help you.


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Higher Education Bespoke Software

The technological requirements within higher education have dramatically changed in a short amount of time. The online web properties of universities are now the most important connection between faculty and student. Codiance Higher is a CMS created for the specific needs of Universities. With a powerful, market-leading CMS solution built on Umbraco at its heart, Codiance Higher supports every aspect of the operations within universities. Get in touch to see how we can help you.

In addition, every university is different, here we can leverage our bespoke software development to support the specific needs of each university.

Bespoke Software Development For Universities


  • Content Management
  • Multiple Web Properties
  • Course Management (SITS)
  • UX eye-tracking studies


  • Forms
  • CRM
  • Events
  • Accommodation


  • Clearing
  • Geo-location
  • Azure Global Network
our team

Codiance is a team of brilliant, people-centric engineers. By putting your people at the heart of our process, we find solutions that are driven by your insights and embraced by your teams.

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If you simply need something ‘developed’, Codiance may not be for you! Though if you need support in solving a problem with bespoke software, we’d love to speak more.

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