Telltale Signs You’ve Outgrown your business software

Diane Harvey
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Have you outgrown your business software? If so, it’s probably costing your business more time and money than it’s worth.

If you run a business, it can sometimes be tempting to put off updating your systems. However if your system is over 5 years old and not scalable it could be putting your business at risk. Systems need to keep up with the changing world around us. But, that’s hard to do if the systems are becoming outdated. You used to have the next best thing when you were a smaller business. At least, it was the best thing until you were growing by leaps and bounds and found yourself in need of something more.

Is this story familiar? That is okay because you are not alone.

Many businesses understand you can reach a point whereby you have outgrown your business software because it either can’t handle the growth or new features that are needed as the company changes.

In this scenario you can often feel like you are spending too much of your time in the office putting out fires instead of focusing on doing the work that will grow your business. But once the fire is out and you sit back to survey the damage, you often find the same thing was responsible for several of those fires: your business software. When this happens, it’s prime time to replace your old software with a new software solution!

In this article we’ll show you how to tell when it’s time to move onto something new so your company can experience business growth again.

It isn’t uncommon for businesses to outgrow their software. Once you’re dealing with small software errors, notifications and updates that are no longer relevant, or a slow and clunky interface, it’s not surprising your tech can be causing more harm than good. To make a profit, you need to have business software which supports your company growth. A poorly designed system can hold you back from thriving in today’s business environment.

When it comes to IT, businesses want the best. They want systems that can handle any and all of their processing needs seamlessly and flawlessly. However, after a while things start to feel sluggish – tasks take longer than they should or need to be re-tried because the computer couldn’t keep up with demand. There’s only so much work your existing system can do before it hits a wall and business slows down.

When this happens, it’s obvious you have outgrown your business software and need to upgrade – but how do you know when that time has come?

There are several telltale signs that can help you determine whether you’ve outgrown your business software. These include:

Recurring headaches about reporting

As your company grows, data and transactions grow, in both volume and complexity

Numerous integration hassles

A second sign that you have outgrown your current system and infrastructure is the increasing time spent integrating disparate systems and aligning data from multiple sources

Rigid systems that limit flexibility

Expanding into new regions or product lines means dealing with a rigid system and considerable IT effort.

Too many unsupported business processes

As you expand, it becomes more noticeable that you may have outgrown your business software. The need to support new business processes is stronger. A patchwork of systems and spreadsheets can leave your entire business processes totally unsupported.

Manual processes that drain time and resources

If your business relies on manual processes to complete routine transactions, a new solution can free up time. It can also reduce waste and avoid problems.

If you’re experiencing any of the above, chances are you have outgrown your business software and you may be able to reap tremendous benefits by updating your systems. Increased business agility, reduced downtime, improved employee, and customer satisfaction exceeded goals and more. Contact us today to evaluate your future options.

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