It’s only natural that you want the best software for your business irrespective of the line of work that you are involved with. You know that using the right software should streamline your business and make it more efficient, saving you time and money. However, this raises the question of the definition of ‘best’ and ‘right’ as with so many apps to choose from different developers, it’s difficult to know where to start. For most things, we ask our friends and colleagues for recommendations. However, asking them for their suggestions could lead to a whole host of answers with each and everyone suggesting software from a different developer. And there’s the added complication of whether a suite of apps would be the most cost-effective solution rather than standalone apps. In this article from Relativity, the business technology specialists in East Sussex, we look at the criteria involved in how to choose the best apps for your business.

Criteria to consider when selecting the ‘right’ software

  • Scrutinise and examine your business requirements
  • Carry out research
  • Ask your team for their thoughts
  • Ask for help from the experts
  • Consider future suitability
  • Pay for value

Do your homework and research to discover the best apps for your business

By looking into your business requirements, you will establish the apps that you need for specific purposes. These could include marketing, sales, collaboration, human resources and accounting software. Don’t forget that your business will hopefully grow and possibly change and develop, so think about future requirements. Also don’t be afraid to get help from outside sources including professional and trade associations. You can also read computer articles in magazines and find reviews on the Internet. Also, you’ll get great advice from software and business consultants. 

Standalone apps versus suites

With a software suite or bundle of apps, you get a collection of applications with similar user interfaces that integrate with each other. To determine if you need a suite, rather than individual apps, ask yourself a few questions.

  • Do you need all the applications in the bundle or just a few?
  • What are the main tasks that a package of apps could help you with?
  • How many users will you be paying for?
  • How quickly can the software be set up?
  • Will training be required for your team to use the applications?
  • Could the other applications in the suite be useful in the future?

Don’t get confused, ask for help from the experts

To have so much choice should enable you to accomplish your business goals. However, with so many options available, it is easy to get distracted and confused. You won’t be able to rely on ‘lady luck’ as you really will have to go through the criteria outlined here and it will certainly take time. However, choosing the best/right software for your business will ultimately save you time, energy and resources. Make sure you make a good choice!

How can Relativity help you choose the right digital software for your business?

Why not get in touch with the experts at Relativity based in Uckfield, East Sussex to find out which digital tools will achieve your specific goals. We’ll be able to advise you if you need the complete suite of apps included in Zoho One or whether other bundles would suit your business better including Workplace, Remotely, CRM Plus, Creator Plus, Finance Plus or People Plus. Call us on 01825 280123 or email for more information.

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