Shrinking margins, increased competition, and new and diverse ways to market demand increased efficiency if a business wants to compete in an ever-changing landscape. The right software tools can make or break your business efficiency and all too often off-the-shelf solutions do as much to complicate and clutter as they do to streamline and automate.
The problem is, off-the-shelf solutions are inherently generic. They are designed to appeal to a wide range of industries and business needs; none are designed with your specific needs in mind. As a result, we often find ourselves shoe-horning our processes into the confines and constraints imposed by off-the-shelf software, rather than experiencing the efficiencies and freedom of software designed to serve our specific operational challenges.
Efficiency can be defined as minimal waste of time, talent and treasure. Reduction of menial, repetitive and redundant tasks increases efficiency by freeing employees to use their gifts for higher purposes. The right software package can accomplish all of this while reducing frustration.
But what are some key ways custom software works its magic on your processes?
Let’s take a closer look!
Custom software can automate those tasks which do not require special attention or a specific skill set, freeing up employees for higher purposes.
Client Relationship Management, Invoicing, Operational and Customer Service software most efficiently reside within one application or, at the very minimum, seamlessly integrate. Custom software solutions built upon a shared database increase efficiency by eliminating the need to consult or access multiple packages.
The problem is, off-the-shelf solutions are inherently generic. They are designed to appeal to a wide range of industries and business needs; none are designed with your specific needs in mind.
As a result, we often find ourselves shoe-horning our processes into the confines and constraints imposed by off-the-shelf software, rather than experiencing the efficiencies and freedom of software designed to serve our specific operational challenges.
Whether it is intra-office or inter-location communication, shared data and cloud-based software solutions puts business-critical data at the fingertips of everyone who needs it.
Collecting data from integrated solutions into one shared database allows the user to slice and dice that data any way they see fit. Generating reports from a database can greatly improve your line of sight into the operation, efficiencies and inefficiencies of your business. Decision-making which has been informed by hard data is always more efficient and efficacious.
Customized, cloud-based, scalable solutions allow for multiple users across your entire enterprise. Each user can access and update information in real-time, greatly enhancing both the speed and quality of communication across your business footprint.
Off-the-shelf solutions are inherently generic and force business processes to conform to their idiosyncrasies, often providing more features than your specific business needs demand. Rather than streamlining, these shoehorn solutions complicate matters by demanding a foreign way of addressing processes you have performed for years.
Custom software should be the way forward, never an obstacle to be navigated. The right solution steps into your business needs seamlessly and takes over those tasks which can most beneficially impact your efficiency and your bottom line.
Contact Market Momentum to discuss your custom software needs, today!