The need for configurable software applications in the large enterprises is becoming more and more of a necessity. Instead of customized solutions, which are essentially company specific, buyers are now demanding applications that evolve with ‘digitization’ best practices and are flexible enough to be altered easily as these practices are shared. Better still, many companies are in the midst of transforming processes and operations to improve overall efficiencies and productivity; however, it can require a lot of fine-tuning (and custom coding) to optimize the current environment when dealing with clunky legacy systems. Unfortunately, with a custom built tool or application, you just can’t get that flexibility and are stuck with the ‘as is’ or face costly change orders. Conversely, by providing configurable applications, developers are ensuring that these applications are easy to maintain, alter and scale as industry standards evolve, and company needs are harmonized and optimized. So, what is the process?
Where does one start when trying to select the right corporate software to achieve a goal or fulfill a need within a business? There are currently so many different corporate software options with products changing and new offerings coming to market daily. As a corporate manager, it can be difficult, and even a daunting task to evaluate which software has the right functionality, the right price, and the right model to fit your business while trying to avoid buyer’s remorse or realizing, after completing an expensive implementation, that another product does exactly what you want it to do.
We have all seen the headlines, each week it seems like another major business’s reputation is at stake due to a data breach of some kind, costing thousands of customers their personal information. While credit monitoring and other services for customers can help bring back customer confidence, the fact that a modern major business can be so vulnerable to cyber-attacks and that cybersecurity is such an issue is enough to make any board member or CEO lose sleep at night.