If you’re looking for a modern software solution, what characteristics should you be looking for? I’d like to share some of what I see as important details that every business owner should be looking for in their next solution.
1. Simplicity in form, function and design. Not to be taken lightly is how individual users will interact with the software and how they perceive the the software helps them do their job. Overly complex software with many settings, capabilities that must be managed by the end user to allow them to do their job can be overwhelming.
2. Design can often be overlooked when being evaluated on the merits of performance alone. When assessing software it should be intuitive and ergonomic, allowing maximum productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Avoiding software that frustrates the end users with poorly designed user interface that causes the user to be lost in the solution or to become disoriented by too many fields, open windows or complex menu options can reduce end user productivity, increase turnover and re-training requirements. Many of these factors also contribute to increased overhead and cost of maintenance.
3. Functionality is also a major factor in deciding if a software solution is well suited for your business. Automated processes are important in driving increased productivity. Software that leaves too many tasks up to the end-user to accomplish reduced end user confidence, increases opportunities for the creation of backlogs due to overlooked tasks and procedures.
Your software should work for you, producing accelerated cash flow and increased productivity.