What advantages does an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) gain by choosing to deliver software as a purpose-built appliance over the more traditional route of disks and downloads? Are these traditional routes simpler and cheaper? Should enterprise users have access to operating software in order to tweak and customize applications to their needs?
The traditional methods of software delivery utilized by ISVs actually come fraught with perils and pitfalls. Trying to design an application to run on multiple platforms, a variety of operating systems and general purpose servers loaded with other potentially interfering applications will not lead to the best solution.
Besides resulting in a less than optimum solution, making your operating software accessible can lead to trouble tickets from excessive end-user modifications. Resolving problems to your application caused by other applications can be time-consuming and costly to track down.
When you deliver software as a purpose-built appliance, however, you have the advantage of choosing the best operating system, supporting applications and hardware to deliver an optimum solution to your customers. The result is that enterprise end-users receive a more reliable and capable product.
But as an ISV your core competency is software application development, not developing hardware or customizing operating systems. How can you, as an ISV, deliver software as a purpose-built appliance without incurring increased costs or going outside your area of expertise? The answer is to partner with an expert in delivering and supporting appliances.
UNICOM Engineering has written a white paper addressing the advantages to both ISVs and their enterprise customers of delivering applications as purpose-built appliances. The paper also explains what to look for when choosing a partner to help you develop your appliance and support your end users after delivery.
To learn more about the advantages of choosing to deliver software as a purpose-built appliance, and how to choose a partner for the entire lifecycle of your product, download the UNICOM white paper today. You can find it at http://unicomengineering.com/how-deliver-software-purpose-built-appliance-wp/