And while there are plenty of canned software solutions that claim to resolve these pain points, patching together multiple tools that “sort of” work leads to a breakdown in workflow and process management as employees scramble to deal with duplicating data entry efforts, manual workarounds, and copying and pasting.
The decision becomes either patch the short-term needs or invest in a long-term solution.
A business doesn’t become technologically obsolete and inefficient all at once. It usually happens slowly. Most businesses start out with software solutions that made sense at some point. A solution that is adequate for a moment in time.
Often, 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.
Those spreadsheets will soon become unwieldy and too often, only a few, or at worst only one employee knows how to manage them.
That commercial software program is almost always missing key features that will inhibit your growth, and working around the limitations of
off-the-shelf software with manual processes becomes unmanageable.
The inability of unsupported and unstable legacy software to scale and to integrate with your other business-critical software is going to stifle your competitive edge.
If it hasn’t already, your organization is going to outgrow those solutions sooner rather than later. These are not feasible, long-term options as a core, business-critical software solution.
Before long, your business is relying on software that is disrupting workflow, sucking the life out of your productivity, stunting your growth and diminishing your competitive edge.
Most organizations use more than one software solution to run their business. We all love indispensable software and services such as Google Docs, Excel, Zapier, and Sales Force just to name a few. And most industries have a popular commercial software offering that is great at one or two specific things. However, these are all just tools in your arsenal. They play a supporting role in your software technology infrastructure.
More often than not, these software tools cause problems with workflow efficiency and employee productivity because they’re not working together and because taken together, they are still missing key features important for your business.
A custom software solution shines as the core business-critical solution tailored to your unique needs. One that either replaces outdated and inefficient software or one that fills the gaps by providing important missing features that can then be integrated with your existing supporting-role software tools.
This is what leveraging and exploiting software technology is all about and done correctly, it can allow your organization to run like a fine-tuned machine and allow your software to work for you instead of the other way around.
This will dramatically improve your organization’s efficiency and productivity and lead to lower costs, more revenue, and happier clients and employees.
“It was all about finding something that was going to increase our productivity. They more than did that. The amount of time we’re saving is huge.”
Tim Rahil, General Partition
Our customers are the hard-working men and women who make, move, and build the stuff the rest of us need and want.
So, whether you live and breath warehousing, distribution, supply, logistics, transportation, manufacturing, or construction for 40+ hours each week, know that we’re hitting it just as hard to leverage technology in order to optimize your business. We do that by learning about your business including your unique processes, requirements, and workflow.
We work with you to understand your challenges and we also look for and leverage the opportunities.
We analyze your technology infrastructure in order to identify existing business-critical software and systems that need to work together ensuring that all of your business data is sharable, accessible and harmonized throughout your organization.
Then we develop a custom software solution that solves the right problems, scales as your company grows, optimizes workflow, automates processes, improves productivity, reduces costs and increases revenue.
In fact, most of our clients report they gain an average of 2 hours back per day per employee from using our software solutions.
A custom software solution that integrates with all of your other supporting-role business-critical software doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, the cost of ownership of software developed around your unique business processes and workflow is usually more cost-effective than off-the-shelf software.
Our lean business model prioritizes innovation and functionality over costly and time-consuming coding-from-scratch.
Today, the software world exists as components, libraries, plugins, and APIs.
We use our over two decades of experience to leverage the best-fit components and all available software technologies to deliver solutions that are lean and affordable.
Translation? Less time and less cost to develop your custom software solution.
No obligation. No selling. Just a guaranteed valuable call.
“netstride has been very instrumental. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with.”
Dawn Cular, Garrett Liners
“netstride has been the one constant because of their transparency, their reliability, and their willingness to take on our challenges like they were their own”
Tom Sager, Impact Education
netStride was instrumental in helping us to completely revamp and reengineer many of our business processes through the development of a powerful custom web application that allows us to run key parts of our business including sales and inventory management. Additionally, we placed the design of our new website into their capable hands and they were able to see our vision through to a beautiful web presence that has allowed us to better serve our existing clients and to attract new ones.
A&A Machinery Moving, Inc.
We needed a robust online platform that would allow us to easily manage online training courses and would allow trade unions to participate in the entire education process (learning, testing, obtaining a certificate). netStride addressed all of our objectives though careful listening, detailed specifications, and an on-time, on-budget delivery.
Maria Cesarone, Client Care Coordinator
Allied Trades Assistance Program
We had been running our business on the same Window’s based desktop software for more than a decade. It had served us well, but it had reached the end of its life. It was slow and cumbersome. netStride learned about our business and then develop a web-based, mobile-responsive order/invoicing/reporting software application that has streamlined our entire business processes. We’re now saving more than a full week each month and their ongoing support services have been impressive.
Jon Sadler, President
Our need for an easy-to-use public-facing, cloud-based software application was twofold. We wanted to better serve our dealers and sales reps by giving them access to real-time order tracking, and we wanted to reduce the time our administrative staff spent on fielding order status requests. netStride was able to exceed both of those objectives.
Dawn Cular, Marketing Coordinator
We performed an in-depth search for an off-the-shelf software solution to run our food manufacturing business, but to no avail. The products we considered were either too expensive or just didn’t do what we needed. We finally realized we needed a custom cloud-based software application in order to meet our objectives. netStride was able to really understand our complex business processes and gain our trust by developing a highly detailed functional spec. The resultant custom MRP software package they developed has improved our workflow and productivity, and has allowed us to better serve our customers. Further, their support program has given us the peace of mind we need for running our business on mission critical software.
netStride has been an outstanding partner for over 10 years and we’ve come to count on them as part of our team. During the ongoing evolution of our multiple continuing education portals and other applications netStride has demonstrated a wealth of knowledge and has always been willing to pursue new and custom solutions for all of our projects. Many times during our partnership it’s been necessary to request accelerated timelines and last-minute project changes and they have always risen to the occasion. Having a reliable development partner of netStride’s quality has been invaluable to our operations.
Over the course of my more than twenty year relationship with netStride, I have been involved in a number of business ventures. netStride has been a valued partner in providing my businesses with mission-critical custom software applications including customer-facing portals as well as end-to-end custom business software that have collectively gained my employees back 2-3 days per week because the software eliminated bottlenecks and manual processes and increased our productivity and helped to streamline our business processes.
In addressing our organization’s need to streamline workflow and to adapt to changes in e-commerce, netStride developed two customer facing payment portals. netStride’s dedication to and implementation of this project has been crucial to improving our ability to manage business processes and better serve our partners. I have been impressed with the consistency of quality work and support from netStride; not just with their help in this most recent project, but also over the many years we’ve had a relationship.
International Unions of Operating Engineers, Local 542 Benefits Fund
Our business relied on an outdated software application that was developed using technology that was more than two decades old. It was no longer able to run on any modern computer and so it was relegated to run on a lone computer in our office. The likelihood that the software would continue to become more and more unstable to the point of no return was causing a great deal of stress and anxiety. We were desperate and that’s when we turned to netStride. In a relatively short amount of time, they were able to understand the intricacies of our business and our daily operations and presented us with detailed specifications for a custom software application including screen mockups and functionality descriptions. The end result was a cloud-based and device friendly custom developed software application with a gorgeous user interface that has proved to be above and beyond what we had expected. They also delivered on their promise to be able to extract all of our data from our legacy software system and migrate it into the new software. No other company was capable of delivering on that promise.
Tim Rahill, Business Development
General Partition Company
netStride has been a valuable software technology partner for us over the years by developing numerous customer-facing and back-end platforms and portals that have allowed us to better serve our customers and to optimize our workflow and productivity which has helped us to reduce costs and increase revenue.
“The custom software made our lives easier and allowed us to run our company more efficiently. We found that our productivity, workflow, and efficiency is one hundred percent.”
Jon Sadler, Sadler Products
Delivery Plan With Date Commitments We’ll provide a detailed plan for review and deployment with milestone and deliverable dates. You’ll never wonder where we are in the process
Migration of Existing Data If you have important data residing in your current legacy software application, as long as your current system allows low level access to that data, we will migrate your important data to your new solution so that you have full access to it
Ongoing Legendary Support Our Total Managed Support program is a serious and comprehensive five point program designed and tested to ensure that your software application is fully protected and remains up and running and free from issues from the time it is deployed live and every day thereafter, 24/7/365.
And your head may be aching thinking about your existing business software solution as well as the many other supporting-role software applications your organization is currently using.
What better time than now to get the conversation started and begin to sort this out?
Schedule a 30-minute call with a Certified IT Software Business Analyst.
We want to learn about your processes, procedures, and workflow and about the software technology challenges your organization is struggling with, and we want to learn about what you’d like to accomplish.
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