If you’re pondering the decision to either stick with your existing business software solution or to migrate to a new solution, consider these critical seven reason why your business could benefit from a custom software solution:
- You spend an inordinate amount of time working around your software because it doesn’t line up with your unique processes and workflow.
- Your existing software is missing one or more key features that is stunting your growth and/or competitiveness.
- Licensing fees and per-user subscription fees are not delivering commensurate value.
- You are working around the limitations of your existing software with manual processes and/or spreadsheets.
- You are wasting an inordinate amount of time re-entering duplicate data in multiple places.
- Your existing software does not integrate with other business-critical software and systems.
The Downward Spiral Into Software Inefficiency and Obsolescence
The path to an inefficient software infrastructure is often a slow one and will almost always manifest itself prominently when an organization is in hyper-growth mode. This is why ignoring even one of the previously mentioned “7 reasons” is dangerous. Oftentimes, to manage the growing complexity of processes and workflow, a growing business will begin to implement one-off software solutions; essentially assigning multiple separate software solutions to a process or processes without considering how or if they work together. This siloed software approach eventually leads to a breakdown in workflow and process management. This is when the domino effect of years of an inefficient software infrastructure manifests itself in glaringly obvious ways.
A comprehensive software analysis is a great first step in bringing your organization back on track. Through such an analysis, a software analyst takes a deep dive into your business, closely examining your processes, procedures, and workflow, as well as all of your business critical software and systems and then implements a plan to fill any gaps with custom software that also integrates with your existing supporting-role software. Future-proofing your business-critical software should always be a “top-of-mind” consideration, and once your software is future proofed, you can move the business of running your business back to the top-of-mind where it belongs.