Own Developement vs. Parishinfo



Developing your own Software vs. Parishinfo

Church systems are complex and unique in many ways. Unlike generic software systems where the user has to adapt, the Church cannot change their systems and the software should be able to handle all existing procedures and tasks as it is. So developing own software requires accurate and detailed system requirement study and investment to develop the entire system from the word go. That would require expertise to handle complex procedures and a lot of time and money as well

Requirements: Diocese-Parish systems and procedures are complex. The challenge is to understand all the requirements of this complex system before developing software that meets everyone’s requirements. Parishinfo is a unified system with automatic data integration between Diocese, Parish, Families, Priests, Congregations and Institutions. It has multiple options for easy and quick member registrations. In the past, software was developed with basic features hoping new features can be added later. Once Parishes, Families and others actually start using the software, new requirements starts coming is and it keep coming in which requires more complex coding. It is at this point the developers back out as either they don’t have the expertise, or the software architecture can’t handle the new requirements or the additional cost.

Maintenance: Online Software is accessed on different devices, operating systems and environment. So even after developing own software, a diocese has to retain at least one technical resource to maintain it and also ensure continuity of this technical resource.

Consultations: Parishinfo is developed with wider consultations undertaken with Bishops, Curia Administrators, Priests, Parishioners, Congregations, Family Unit/Zonal heads, Volunteers, Pious Group coordinators, Animators, Functionaries and Parishioners to ensure the software addresses everyone’s concerns and benefit everyone.

Cost considerations for own developement:


Own Software(Cost)


System Study and Analyses – 6 months’ salary for 2 people



Database and software design-3 month’s salary for 2



Templates and logo designs



Coding-2 years’ salary for 3 technical staff



Testing & Debugging - 1 year salary for 3 technical staff



Security Audit and performance certification



Mobile App



Online Server & Maintenance, per parish (per year)



Advantages of Parishinfo over developing own software:
1. Parishinfo is fully developed and it is ready to use. No waiting with uncertainties
2. Development and maintenance cost is shared among all diocese. So you pay a fraction of it
3. Parishinfo is implemented under the name and identity of each diocese, just like own software
4. Software maintenance and continuity is assured as the resources are shared by all participating dioceses
5. Parishinfo is implemented for each diocese without any inter-connectivity with any other diocese.
6. Like own software, Parishinfo is managed and controlled by each diocese with administration control
7. Each diocese can backup their software source code as well as database within the diocese
8. Parishinfo is customizable to the specific requirement of each diocese
9. Parishinfo is cloud based. The software is centrally installed and maintained by each Diocese. There is no need to install and maintain the software at each parish.