Starting a new year is a great time to evaluate your current software and determine if it is prepared for the year ahead.
Understandably, it can be hard to justify spending money on updating systems when the software you already have in place seems to be working smoothly. However, there can be some major consequences that are best to avoid and big benefits to be reaped should you consider updating/replacing existing software or systems.
Below we have listed six reasons why you should consider examining the systems and software that you currently have in place:
Review and create a plan
Now is a great time to look at your business technology and see if there is room for improvement or opportunities in virtualisation and digitalisation. Working closely with a software development company, will help to achieve your full potential and reach your goals. Sometimes new is not always best and you can simplify what needs to be replaced and updated, instead of ripping out all the design of a legacy system and starting again. A clear focus on what is currently important, setting measurable goals and a roadmap plan with achievable targets, will lead you to get the basics right. No one likes to come across an error message or 404 page, a system health check could be a great option to help identify any current obstacles and predict future concerns, giving you confidence in your systems.
Considering adopting a CRM system to consolidate all data
Looking to bring all your data together and store it in one place? If this is the case a cloud-based CRM system such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 is something to consider as a great option that not only saves an awful lot of time but allows you to gather valuable insights to help elevate your business.
Increased security levels – keep your data safe
Data is key to any business; it is one of the main ingredients for your success. Because of this, it is best to have robust tools in place that work hard to keep your valuable data safe. If you rely on outdated systems, this drastically increases your risk of information being leaked or hacked. Making sure software hard drives and electric devices are updated backed up and secure will maintain secure company data.
Automation and integrations – could we be making our lives any easier?
Flexibility is an essential requirement for any company and having automated processes in place, can help your business to run smoothly. A great example is our data offering, Elevate. By enabling you to have all data in order, you can gain a methodical and consultative approach to your data. This makes finding insights and valuable reports easy and streamlined.
Be as adaptable as possible – are we offering the best solutions for our clients/customers?
Technology is continuing to advance and the more flexible your software is on a variety of devices the likelihood is, you will gain productivity and increase response time. If your systems run across phones, laptops, tablets, and desktops, plus everything is standardised and seamless across the different devices, this opens your business further to new opportunities and potentially new customers. Could mobile app development improve productivity and cut costs for your organisation?
Evolve with your software
Technology and your business should continue to advance together. Cloud-based software is designed to transition and grow along with you, for example, the software automatically changes features and provides updates, and you can time these to install at convenient periods, allowing your team to not worry about technical difficulty along the way.
Looking to update your existing systems? Find out more about bespoke software, legacy systems, and system health checks. If you are looking for assistance in solving your software solutions for 2022, please get in touch.