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Six Warning Signs You've Outgrown Your Software

  • Six Warning Signs You've Outgrown Your Software-

    Difficulty Making Changes

    Simple changes to solutions aren't simple to implement.

    A business wants to adjust a monthly report from finance that pulls in data from a single source. The report is fine, but perhaps management needs to tweak the report so it includes data from multiple sources, or it's automatically run every week, not just once a month. Ideally, such requests should be simple to implement. But if the IT staff must devote significant time and expenditures to management's inquiries, then a review of the underlying tech solution is warranted.

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Six Warning Signs You've Outgrown Your Software

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    Difficulty Making Changes

    Simple changes to solutions aren't simple to implement.

    A business wants to adjust a monthly report from finance that pulls in data from a single source. The report is fine, but perhaps management needs to tweak the report so it includes data from multiple sources, or it's automatically run every week, not just once a month. Ideally, such requests should be simple to implement. But if the IT staff must devote significant time and expenditures to management's inquiries, then a review of the underlying tech solution is warranted.

Small to medium-sized businesses that want to thrive need to have an impeccable sense of timing. For example, if a company has a product out in the market, but the needs of the market's users unexpectedly shift, then adjustments need to be made. Companies of this size also need to understand when partnerships are the right move, and when it's best to "go it alone." SMBs require a sense of timing when it comes to the effectiveness of their technology solutions. In today's data-driven and mobile-powered world, it is essential that companies have strong, customizable and modern tech solutions at their disposal. Despite their importance, many SMBs let their tech solutions languish and turn into outdated relics that can't offer the necessary speed, collaboration and functionality for the modern user or customer.

So how exactly do SMBs know when their software solutions are outdated or on their way to obsolescence? In this slideshow, Doug Wilson, managing partner of custom software service Breakthrough Technologies, provides six warning signs.