ResourcesBlogNews? Thoughts? Articles? Read all about it!Back to HomeSwitchplane, from the beginning to todayWe interviewed Joel, our CEO, who shares Switchplane’s story. It all started with two brothers playing computer games…Can we walk 2.5 million steps this March?We're taking on a challenge to raise money for St Wilfrid's Hospice, our Charity of the Year.Ecommerce and stock control for B2B wholesalersFor B2B wholesalers, stock management is important. Using digital technology and automation can reduce manual processing time and turn stock around faster within your ecommerce business.How do I go about starting custom software development?You’ve had the idea that custom software development is something you’d like to explore. How do you go about selecting a developer?What are some examples of custom software?“Custom software” can seem quite an abstract term: What really is it? How can it help you? What makes it custom? We share some examples.Agile vs Waterfall - How can a project management style affect my software delivery?We adopted Agile Scrum project management in 2017 and it has transformed our delivery of projects. We explain more about Agile and Waterfall.A Day in the Life of a Software DeveloperWhat does a software developer actually do all day? There's more to it than you might think. We look at what Lewis, one of our senior developers, gets up to.What are the advantages and disadvantages of custom software?We are a custom software firm, but we are also honest with our customers, so here are the pros and cons of custom software vs off-the-shelf.Accounting for growth: how software can support your finance teamCustom software and automation can support your finance team with company growth and enable smarter decision making across the business.How to get the most from your software development budgetAs part of our values, customers are partners. As well as providing a great service, this also means working with you to maximise your software budget.Integrations: what are they all about?You’re probably already using many integrations every day, but simply don’t think about them. Make the most of integrations to save your business time and moneyCustom software vs off-the-shelf: The results are in!We talk a lot about custom software vs off-the-shelf. But have we ever put it to the test? One of our clients now has, and the results are in!SMEs: Overcoming the top 5 barriers to adopting new techGlobally, the UK ranks 8th for innovation, but only 31st for technology adoption. So why's that?How to save 25% of your innovative software development costsR&D tax relief is available.Intellectual property - explained with cake!How does intellectual property work with custom software at Switchplane? Who owns what at the end of a project? Do clients own their own systems?What is hosting?We explain what it actually entails.Say goodbye to spreadsheets!Because spreadsheets are hellish.Overcoming cultural resistance to changeWe explore why new technology is often met with resistance.Problems with Stock ControlStock management is a common issue in ecommerce businesses. You're not alone.Are you ready for a custom CRM?A good CRM will lead to faster sales while increasing customer retention and satisfaction levels. But when should you make that leap of faith?