What to look for in Software



What to Look for when Choosing Software
Before you rush out and buy the first software package that the salesperson is convinced is perfect for you, you need to thoroughly investigate what software you really need. There are a multitude of models and packages available and the selection of software is one of the most important decisions that you can make when computerising or upgrading your existing computerised business.

One of the best things you can do is actually choose your software first - BEFORE selecting your hardware. (Of course this is hard if you already have the hardware!).

So, first things first. Understand exactly how your business works. What information does your business use, what information do you store and how much information flow through your operation. What are your operations and what would you like to be computerised - and importantly what outputs would you like to see? Do you want accounting information? Word documents? Spreadsheets predicting sales?

Another point to consider is the human factor. What is the computer literacy level of your employees? How about yourself? How wi...

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