Questions to Answer About Any Business Management Software Provider
Choosing and implementing the right operational software can be an overwhelming and lengthy process. This makes finding the right vendor extremely important. The good news is that if you look for a few key things, you will be on the right track to choosing the best vendor for your organization.
How well does the vendor know me and my business?
Make sure they make suggestions to specific challenges you face. Ask about successful customers that share similar challenges. Ask as many questions as possible. Find out if there are public forums where you can converse with other users.
How forward-looking is the company?
Does their software grow as you grow? Does the development team listen to customer needs? Will you be able to make suggestions for future product direction? You should be sure that customer feedback drives the direction of the software solution.
What training is offered?
Find out what training you will receive. What is available after the formal training? Are there self-service options – video, virtual or self-paced training? The software is only as good as the user’s knowledge of it – make sure you will be able to get the training you need.
What product support is available for the solution?
Does the software provider offer a comprehensive product support program? Will it be tailored to meet your unique needs? How many incidents does the support plan include? What is the standard response time? Where are support personnel located and are they outsourced or within the organization?
Before you move forward with a new software solution, make sure you are comfortable with the answers to these questions and the way your account will be handled.