Growing businesses turn to lots of experts to assist them in making plans for the future. Real estate experts guide businesses into planning for their property and facilities needs. HR professionals help businesses find the best talent to boost their employee rosters, and Technology Consultants are there to help businesses find the right software tools and solutions to assure their long-term growth and prosperity.
The process of choosing business software applications like CRM and inventory control software was once much different than it is today. First, there were fewer options. Second, all software meant expensive on-premises installations – SaaS and cloud-based applications weren’t available. Third, choosing software was a long, tedious process, because it meant gaining approval for a massive capital expenditure, and probably buying new hardware to accommodate the latest software products.
All that has changed. Now, whether you’re looking for new ERP software, CRM or Business Intelligence, there are an overwhelming number of options available. Some are on-site, others cloud-based. What’s the difference in cloud-based or SaaS software, anyway?
For all these reasons and more, it’s much better for the growing mid-sized company to partner with a technology consultant early. Just like the right HR consultant can assure you have the talent you need to succeed, the right tech consultant makes sure that you have the right products according to your industry, size, IT infrastructure, future plans, and other critical considerations. This is crucial, whether you’re selecting inventory control software, finance software, or CRM.
1. Find the right technologies to run your business
One of the reasons why there are so many software options today is that no software product is one-size-fits-all. What works beautifully in a healthcare organization may not serve the needs of a food manufacturer or energy company. Finance software, for example, comes in a wide array of options, including accounting packages, ERP, and more generalized business intelligence software. For example, should a manufacturing company invest in inventory control software and accounting software? Or is there a solution that allows for multiple functions with a single system?
2. Prepare for the future
Mobile technology, the cloud, the IoT, and big data have shaken the very foundations of the business world. Most of the software that’s being replaced today is becoming outdated because of these very technologies. What will the next round of technical innovations bring? How will the next generation of cloud, mobile, and analytics affect products like inventory control software, BI tools, or ERP? A technology consultant can help your business find products that will not only go with you into the future, but will help carry you there.
3. Benefit from a wide range of industry knowledge and experience
A technology consultant doesn’t design or develop the software solutions he or she helps you evaluate. So, unlike dealing with a tech vendor or software development company, you aren’t hearing only the pros of the solution without hearing the cons. Additionally, a tech consultant hasn’t just helped one manufacturer choose inventory control software, or assisted one healthcare organization in finding an EMR system, or led just one food and beverage manufacturer to find the right CRM solution. They’ve helped many such organizations find the software products they need. This level of knowledge and experience means that they’ve already navigated these tough decisions before and are in an excellent position to guide your company into the right choices for your circumstances and situation.
When it’s time for your company to choose a new ERP, CRM or BI system, turn to the experienced, knowledgeable pros at NexTec Group. Contact us to get started today.