Custom CRM software development: services, features & guidelines
Our custom CRM services
Itransition’s consultants can share their expertise to facilitate the adoption of custom CRM software, helping your company draw up a development roadmap, estimate a realistic project budget, and select a suitable feature set, tech stack, and deployment model.
Our team of software engineers delivers custom CRM solutions built from scratch and equipped with modules and features tailored to your business requirements, taking care of prototyping, UX/UI design, front-end and back-end development, and testing.
We can reshape a custom or platform-based CRM through various customization options, including functionality extensions, feature, and UX/UI modifications, or additional integrations, to adapt your existing solution to emerging business needs and technology trends.
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The functional scope of a custom CRM
We equip your CRM solution with a comprehensive set of custom features and integrate it with other corporate and external systems through APIs, middleware, or iPaaS to expand its built-in capabilities and enable seamless data exchange.
Custom CRM features
- Sentiment analysis of prospects’ and customers’ online activity to assess brand reputation
- Customer profiling and segmentation based on various metrics to fine-tune marketing campaigns and related budgeting
- Customer journey mapping to identify the touchpoints and marketing channels involved in early customer interactions
- Personalized marketing via targeted ads, tailored offers, and customized engagement strategies
- Lead scoring to prioritize prospective customers with the highest perceived value and maximize the conversion rate
Custom CRM integrations
to supervise customer-related processes and harmonize them with other corporate workflows
to track customer journeys and purchases and enable dynamic pricing
and other in-store payment gateways to gather customer data from traditional sales channels
to enable user access to personalized services and relevant information
to automatically fill in quotes, invoices, contracts, and other documents with customer data
to unlock more advanced analytical and forecasting capabilities
to monitor user interactions and better assess sentiments towards your brand
to monitor your sales managers’ KPIs in relation to sales performance and customer feedback
such as Mailchimp and Bloomreach, to automate marketing campaigns and personalize customer journeys
Custom vs out-of-the-box CRM
Before embarking on a rewarding but demanding CRM development project, you must decide whether to build your software from the ground up or purchase and customize an off-the-shelf product based on the following factors.
Bespoke functionality in line with your unique business requirements
Fixed modules and features established by the CRM vendor
Higher upfront investment to fund your CRM software development project
Higher long-term costs for software licensing fees and necessary customizations
Slower implementation since your team has to design and develop the solution from scratch
Faster adoption as the solution is ready for deployment, but customizations can slow down the process
Hosting environment (cloud, on-premises, or hybrid) selected by your company
Deployment models decided by the CRM software provider
CRM fine-tuning, troubleshooting, and user support performed by your in-house specialists or an external team
Maintenance and updates included in the software subscription or available for an extra fee
Flexible custom integrations set up by your IT staff
Native integrations with compatible third-party platforms and SaaS applications
Extensive customization possibilities to adapt the CRM functionality to emerging business needs
Limited customization and configuration options within the vendor’s predefined settings
Full ownership and control over the CRM during its development and after release
Little or no control over the application
Minimal workflow and tech stack adjustments, as the application is designed with your operational scenario in mind
More extensive changes to your business processes and technical environment to take full advantage of the new CRM
Project budget overruns and long-term maintenance burden for your in-house team
Vendor lock-ins, unexpected licensing costs for premium services, and lack of essential features
When to opt for custom CRM
Consider building custom CRM software if one or more of the following conditions match your business scenario:
Functional & performance gaps
Out-of-the-box solutions lack the features, security measures, or scalability essential to meet your business requirements, user needs, and established workflows.
Filling the functional gaps of packaged software through customization is too expensive or impossible due to technical limitations.
Long-term TCO increase
Licensing fees for off-the-shelf CRM are likely to increase in the long run, especially if pricing is based on the number of users that can scale up as your business grows.
Boxed CRM solutions are difficult or expensive to integrate with your existing corporate software ecosystem, including legacy applications.
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Custom CRM development costs
The budget to complete a custom CRM development project can range from around $90,000 for an entry-level tool for small businesses to $300,000+ for an enterprise-oriented solution with advanced capabilities. After assessing your specific business case, our consultants will provide more detailed estimates based on the following cost factors:
Architecture and functional scope
including modules and features
Number of users
along with UX/UI customizations for different user roles and permissions
such as development tools, cloud services, and hardware
where the CRM will be deployed (on-premises, cloud, etc.)
Number and type of integrations
with other software and data sources
Data management costs
for cleansing, storage, modeling, and migration
Development team composition
including designers, front-end and back-end developers, QA engineers, etc.
for training, support, maintenance, and updates
Key challenges of custom CRM and how to overcome them
Full ownership of your customer relationship management system and superior control over software implementation are top priorities for many enterprises, but they typically translate into greater effort and accountability. Here are the best practices we follow and the relevant services we provide to address common custom CRM challenges.
In the short term, building custom CRM systems is typically more expensive than adopting out-of-the-box or SaaS solutions, and costs can snowball during the project due to technical complexities. Also, companies risk overlooking licensing fees for third-party development tools, hosting environment, and hardware or wasting time and resources to develop unnecessary functionality.
- We provide project budgeting and license optimization consulting, helping you define a suitable feature set and select cost-effective technologies like open-source tools and deployment models.
- We offer different engagement models and related pricing systems to best meet your expectations.
- We adhere to the Agile approach to project planning, managing, and tracking to reduce the initial delivery timeline and support iterative product improvement.
- We apply DevOps methodologies (CI/CD and test automation, microservices, incremental build model, etc.) to streamline the development process and reduce product delivery costs.
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