Quick Tips: Choosing a Software Solution

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Are you looking for new business software for your organization? If you are, you know that it isn’t as simple as doing a quick Google search to find the best one for you. It can be a long process, and it can seem endless without the right preparation. To help simplify the process, read our quick tips below to help you choose the right solution for your company!

1. Define what you’re looking for

If you don’t really know what you want, you won’t be able to effectively choose the right solution for you. Have a list of features to evaluate available options against, and you’ll be able to short-list products by how well they match your needs. Separate your desired features into “must-have” and “nice-to-have” buckets to help narrow down the options!

2. Know your budget

Before conducting in-depth research into any potential solutions, you will need to calculate your budget in order to help you narrow down your options. When calculating your budget, you should think about not only the initial cost of hardware and solution implementation, but any recurring licensing or support costs as well.

3. Do your research

Develop a list of potential solutions. Read everything you can – customer reviews, whitepapers, documentation, news releases – anything that will give you better insight into how the product works and how happy people are using it.

Once you’ve done your research and have narrowed down the list, you should demo the finalists. Experiencing demonstrations of the top three applications will help you really get a feel for how they work, and help you decide which will work best for your needs.

4. Discuss internally

Talk to end users, get their input, and make sure that they are on board. End users can provide deeper insight into what they’d like to get out of an application, and can help ensure you choose the best solution.

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