29/08/2016 - Posted by Emily Healey
The market is flooded with software package options and this can make it really difficult to make the right purchasing decision. While the individual needs of businesses may vary, there is one thing that everyone should look for and that’s flexibility. If you get this right the first time, you’ll be investing in a software system that will be with you for years to come. To help you make the decision we’re breaking this up into three parts – compatibility, adaptability and scalability.
One of the first things that makes a software system flexible is compatibility. If your new software can’t work with the other systems and products you have in place it’s just going to end up costing you even more money. Don’t wait until you’ve already made your purchase to find this out, do your research beforehand, and if you’re having custom software built, make sure to give the software designer a heads up about any compatibility requirements right from the start.
Software should be adaptable and able to keep up with changing technologies. To choose a flexible software package, look for something that’s not just compatible with a couple of current common systems and applications, but one that strives to stay up to date alongside them. That means a well-designed system with room for future growth and improvement, because no matter how good it may work right now, you don’t want to have to completely replace it the second a new type of technology or software update is released.
Flexible software will grow with your business, not hold you back or get left behind. Often, purchasing new software is about solving a present day problem but it’s a mistake to let it drive your decision entirely. Just as your software should adapt with the times, it also needs to adapt to your business. It may mean a bigger investment in the early days but it will set you up with a much greater level of organisational support when your business begins to grow.
There are countless factors that go into choosing the right software package for your business, but no matter what you’re trying to buy, you’ll want to pick something flexible. To get the most bang for your buck long term, look for something compatible with the other systems you have in place, go with a company committed to staying ahead of the game and invest in your future with scalable software.