As a hobby, the challenge of salvaging and fixing broken things may be good for your morale; but in business, it is often a bad idea. It will probably take you much more time than planned and you might discover that there are other fixes needed. The same goes for business management software. Customizing the product should always be the last option, and therefore tweaking your workflows a little to make everything work to your advantage is often necessary. So, it is important to get the software that is designed to service your specific industry.
This is explained by John Henderson of Floral Computer Systems. For over 30 years, they have been developing software for floral growers, importers/exporters and wholesale distributors.
Taking full advantage of a software package
"When making a business purchase, get something that is complete and functional", Henderson advises. According to him, one should consider what's the best fit and should understand exactly what is missing and how they would get by without it. "With business management software, you may be able to tweak your workflows a little to make everything work to your advantage. It is usually the simplest solution that gets you moving forward. Broad market software are designed with common practices and optimum workflows in mind. You should align your processes to work with the software as much as feasible. Customizing the product should always be the last option. Consultation with the vendor or training on the software may be all that is required to get past any difficulties. Rarely do users take full advantage of the abundance of features that come with a software package."
Get it right the first time
When deciding for a management software, Henderson recommends to choose ready-to-use whenever possible; and therefore, a software that is designed to service the specific industry that you operate in. For over more than 30 years, Floral Computer Systems invested in creating a business management software that can be used by floral growers, importers/exporters and wholesale distributors. "In the US and Canada, our SMARTSystem™ Business Management software has become an industry favorite one can rely on from day one. With a complementary SMARTSite™ e-commerce website, you can manage and sell your products online and offline from the same live inventory. That is the combination that is keeping our users operating at peak performance despite the recent challenges of COVID-19."