Creating a custom-built timesheet system can be a very tempting choice for some organisations.
However there are many hidden costs to this option, and the end result is often very disappointing.
Building timesheet software internally can be a tempting choice for some organisations.
These organisations have most likely tried
manual timesheets, but have got frustrated
with them due to complexities inherent within their business.
Understanding the downfalls
Some organisations choose to develop their own timesheet system.
This can occur when the the organisation believes its requirements are too complex for ‘off the shelf’ products. This can be a tempting and easy choice, however it has its' potential downfalls:
- True tangible costs can be easily buried
- Often very difficult to maintain, usually because it has been developed due to an urgent need (even more difficult if the information sits solely in the developer’s head, risky to the business if that developer leaves the company)
A common mistake is the belief that developing a ‘simple to use’ timesheet system is also going to be easy to develop. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and the end results are usually disappointing.
Read more about the risks of developing a custom-built timesheet system.
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