Choosing Software For Business
One of the most common questions I get from businesses, and people is what software to Choosing Software for their own needs, or their group.
The first thing you must do is eliminate bias if you are going to get an accurate idea of what you need. If you start off from the get go
that you are going to use a certain software package then you won’t ever get an educated decision on what to choose since you are operating
on personal bias to begin with. If you are choosing software for your own personal use then of course you can choose whatever is popular,
but if you have to make a choice for a group, or a company you need to be open minded about what the options really are to be fair to them, and yourself.
You might actually be missing something great that has been developed since your last research was done.
So what are the steps we need to think about?
What is the goals you want to accomplish with your software?
After all if your policy says no employee can have more than a $30 purchase per day, and no more than $90 worth of purchases in a week then can the software you are considering do that?
Are you going to allow overrides, and if so can the software handle that s well?
All software that has a database has a report feature, it isn’t exclusive to any one software program.
If data is going in, there will always be a report to show what it was.
If it is a hosted solution then what are the server specifications? How is the connectivity to their servers from your location? Do you have multiple redundant connections in case of failure? After all if you can’t connect to them you can’t use the software at all. Are you able to host it on your own servers?
You might very well after all is said and done end up choosing the package that is used by fortune 500 companies, and that is the most popular software on the block. The important thing is that you chose it based on how you have decided what your policies are going to be, and carefully evaluating all the available software, and their features.