For businesses looking to streamline their various processes and systems, the search for the right piece of software can be a long and difficult one. Many find themselves in a feast-or-famine situation – either the market is swamped with programs and so they get bogged down trying to find the one that has the most features, or there isn’t a single, solitary program on the market that actually does the thing you need it to do. Those who’ve run up against the latter are, sadly, out of luck unless they pay a developer to build an app to spec for them. For those who have encountered the former, there’s a few ways you can whittle down your options.
Look for Software That Is Specific to your Industry
When researching potential software packages, you should definitely hunt for solutions tailored to your particular kind of business. Say you worked for a legal firm and you wanted to be able to run every facet of the business from a unified piece of software. A fully integrated software solution like Open Practice, by GlobalX Legal Solutions (a company specialising in business and legal software) is going to be your best bet because it covers everything from accounting to report generation and integrates with Information Searching and conveyancing and legal support services. That’s the sort of productivity software you want to be chasing – feature-rich and built specifically for your line of work.
One of the most annoying aspects of researching software packages online is that it seems like nobody wants to give their price out online. This is partly due to the fact that software prices vary wildly depending on a few different things. Which programs will you need specifically? Sometimes a package might only have one or two apps you really need. How many users are there? Each one of them represents an individual copy of the program. And that’s before you get to things like support packages in case you need help with the program, and any set up costs if you need someone to install it all for you. The best plan of attack is to arrange a few quotes, build a reasonable budget and see if you can work out a deal with the software company.
As mentioned previously, depending on what you’re looking for you may require an entire, comprehensive suite of programs to accomplish your goals, or maybe just one or two out of a set of twelve for highly specific tasks. The applications themselves should be as clear and easy to use as possible. The reason for this is twofold – you need to able to account for any level of computer experience your staff may have, and also because if you have to train new staff members to use those programs then you need that process to be as efficient as possible to maintain productivity. Stability is also key – you don’t want to fork out for a program that locks up or crashes all the time.
These are just a few of the things you should be thinking about when choosing the right software for your company. Picking the right software can mean the difference between a substantial jump in productivity, or an even greater loss of time and revenue. Have you ever bought business software before? What did you get? How did you find it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!