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Six Warning Signs You've Outgrown Your Software

  • Six Warning Signs You've Outgrown Your Software-

    Too Much Downtime

    If it does not work, you have to show it the door.

    A platform that works reasonably well but is often offline is effectively worthless. You need "triple nines" uptime so you can count on the technology solution when you need to satisfy customer requests or meet some other deadline. Older software that is not updated automatically or is unsupported is at high risk of outages. Don't employ patchwork fixes when a new solution is called for.

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Six Warning Signs You've Outgrown Your Software

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    Too Much Downtime

    If it does not work, you have to show it the door.

    A platform that works reasonably well but is often offline is effectively worthless. You need "triple nines" uptime so you can count on the technology solution when you need to satisfy customer requests or meet some other deadline. Older software that is not updated automatically or is unsupported is at high risk of outages. Don't employ patchwork fixes when a new solution is called for.

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 Despite their importance, many SMBs let their tech solutions languish and turn into outdated relics that can't offer the necessary speed, collaboration and functionality for the modern user or customer.

So how exactly do SMBs know when their software solutions are outdated or on their way to obsolescence?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.