You want to embrace the future and take your business online, but you have no idea where to start – there are thousands of options out there, so how do you know which ones to choose?
There are four things that you need to consider before you choose any software solution:
- What you do
You need to clearly define what your business does and how it does it so that you know what your goals are and what you need the software to do in order to achieve these goals.
The correct software solutions will streamline your operations and increase your efficiency in a logical and easy-to-use way.
They allow the user to focus on doing their work – without worrying about the application. In other words, they make it easier to just simply get the job done.
2. Prioritise privacy
Most of us are aware of the need for basic online security, but you need more from your software than simply keeping viruses away.
Your data needs to be secure and private. Factors like data protection, file encryption and cloud security need to be considered. Your software provider should be happy to give you a written guarantee of privacy at the highest possible level.
3. Easy Integration
Integration is one of the biggest benefits of going digital – but it’s only a benefit if it actually works!
Software solutions need to seamlessly speak to each other so that there is an easy flow of information through them. Ensure that your software can really do what it says it can do, that you can easily “link” your various systems and functions and that it will scale along with your business.
You don’t necessarily have to go with the cheapest option – in fact, the cheapest option nearly always comes with frustrating limitations – but you should ensure that you get value for money. Don’t just opt for a brand you know, or assume that because their prior products were good that their online solutions will be too.
Do your homework regarding quotes, currency fluctuations and functionality comparisons. If possible, ask for a demo and get as many reviews as you can. Often the best software comes with a hefty price tag that can seem off-putting, but at the end of the day it will pay for itself daily!
We have chosen all of the software we use by applying these four principles. They meet our goals and objectives, we know they are as secure as they can be, they integrate beautifully and we get full value for money. If you have no idea where to start, give us a shout and we will walk you through what we use and why and you can use it as the starting point for your own digital transformation!