Is it Time for an Annual Analysis and Evalution of Your Business Technology?

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This is the time of year when we look back on our accomplishments or lack thereof for the year and we begin to look ahead. Take some time to spell out the three most important goals for your business in 2012. Take a step back and set up  an annual analysis and evaluation of the technology you are currently using. A simple plus and minus column can yield some surprising results. Is your software still effective and is it producing what you need it to for your 2012 goals?

According to Zig Zigler the process to make your goals a reality should be:

  • Write it down
  • Put a due date on it, set a time limit
  • Make a list of the obstacles
  • Identify the people, groups, or organizations you need to work with
  • Spell out your plan of action
  • Identify the benefits, what's in it for me?

Here are some questions to keep in mind while completing your analysis and evaluation of your software:

  • Do you experience delays with response time for menus and screens and have you become so accustomed to that you don’t even notice? This could be wasting valuable time and resources.
  • Are you storing and retrieving data in more than one place or system? Having to gather comprehensive information may be a huge headache that you just don’t have time for anymore.
  • Do your reports take a long time to populate and is the data really reliable and actionable? Without a comprehensive report, business insight is not actionable because you can’t really trust the data you have.
  • Is your current system expensive to maintain and time intensive to support users? Having to manipulate your current software just costs you more money and doesn’t give you the end result you’re looking for. Throwing more money at a failed system will not change the outcome.

If you need help determining that your current system is not going to achieve your business goals this year, give us a call. We can help you determine how improved processes can affect your bottom line.

by Sherwood Systems, an Arizona Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner


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