There are a number of resources that a business needs to keep running successfully, besides customers and employees, of course. A restaurant or retail store will likely use a point-of-sale solution, a time management/scheduling tool, an accounting tool, as well as inventory management tools. A school district, on the other hand will likely utilize accounting tools, student attendance tracking tools, substitute teacher management tools, student and parent portal tools, notification and communication tools, and the list goes on.
While each tool might be successfully accomplishing its individual purpose, are you noticing that utilizing multiple tools is coming overly time consuming or inefficient? How many of those tools are not automated or maybe even still paper-based?
Ask yourself and your company leaders if these processes or tools could be improved at all, and if so, how? An audit of your business processes and tools can shed incredible insight into whether or not those tools are actually meeting the needs of your business or if they are just vicious time sucks for your staff.
If you answered those questions in a way that indicates a change is necessary, read on. If not, read on anyway and ask yourself these next questions: do we want to grow? Can we grow without major growing pains with our current processes and tools?
How does your company communicate? The school district I talked about earlier needs to communicate clearly and effectively to parents, students, and staff, and often that communication is urgent. Is your company wasting time with multiple communication channels? Is there often a lag in the ability to send or receive urgent, important data? Is there a need for communication automation?
Finally, take a minute to audit your software applications. What applications do you use and how often do you use them? Are you utilizing multiple software applications to do one thing? Is there a benefit to consolidating or integrating systems?
If your answer to any of those questions prompted you to think twice about your current business tools and processes, you’re not alone. It’s time to make a change and consider adding custom software to your arsenal of tools.
What exactly IS custom software and how can it solve the problems we’re experiencing?
Custom software is created specifically for your business with your pain points, needs, and goals at the forefront.
Custom software can boost efficiency and productivity for your company, provide scalability and flexibility that adapts to the ever-changing business environment, integrate or consolidate data, systems, and processes for your company, and provide stability for growth or expansion. And that short list is just the tip of the iceberg.
Yes, there are off-the-shelf solutions that will meet the most basic of business needs, but having custom software developed has a clear, competitive advantage in the long run.
If you’ve decided to consider custom software, the next step is to find a development agency to help you in the discovery process. You don’t have to come to the table with all of the answers, the development team you hire should be willing to listen and collaborate with your team to create a solution that works best for your team and your goals.
Ready to take the plunge with custom software? Green Egg Media specialize in cloud-based, fully scalable custom software solutions, web and mobile app development, API and AI integrations, and more. From concept to delivery, our team delivers solutions that are 100% unique and designed to help your business thrive. If you're brand new to the idea and don't even know where to begin, that's okay. We're here to help you turn your ideas into reality. Schedule a Project Discovery call today!