Having the right software can help to make your company more productive and organised. However, with so many programmes out there to choose from, finding the right one can seem like an impossible task. Here are just five tips for finding the right software.
Online reviews can offer unbiased information on software. Professional reviews are likely to offer the most detail – you may even be able to find comparison guides that look into multiple types of software. User reviews meanwhile may not be as detailed, but they may give you good idea of how good the software is on a practical level.
Download free trials
Many business software companies have the option to download a free trial. This could allow you to test out some of the programme’s features for yourself and get a good idea of whether it’s for you before committing to a purchase. Certain features may be locked on a free trial, however you’re likely to get a good overall feel of how user-friendly the software is and how practical it is for your needs.
Attend software demos
Software demos are conferences set up by software companies in which you can learn more about the programme from an expert. Some demos may even allow you to test out the software for yourself whilst others may offer discounts to anyone that attends. The people hosting these events are generally sales reps – whilst these events can be informational, this information will all be biased, so bear this in mind. Details about software demos can usually be found on the programme’s website.
Build your own software
Another way of finding the right software could be to build your very own custom programme. This could allow you to design a programme with all specs and functions you need. Few people can code a programme from scratch – you’re best investing in a software company that specialises in creating custom programmes for businesses. There are guides that can help you find the top custom software development companies in 2018. The cost of building software can vary depending on the complexity that you’re after – something basic may only cost a couple hundred to build whilst something complex may cost several thousands.
Get help from a business software consultant
There are professionals out there that specialise in helping companies find the right software. You will have to pay extra for their services, but it could be worth it for helping you to get the most useful software within your budget. General business IT consultancy companies may be able to similarly offer advice. Try to choose a company that is well established and credible in order to get the best advice.
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Walter G. is a software engineer, startup co-founder, former CTO of several tech companies and currently teaches programming for a coding bootcamp. He has been blogging for the past 5 years and is an avid BMX rider, bio-hacker
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