In the 21st century, technology is something that we have all come to rely on and are thoroughly used to. Technology helps us to be more efficient in our lives by taking away some of our daily tasks that would otherwise be time-consuming and costly in a financial sense.
Software is one such form of technology that everyone uses on a daily basis. For example, there is software that works behind the scenes in televisions, ticket machines at rail stations, mobile phones, and, of course, computers.
In the business world, we have come to rely on software for empowering us to be more productive in the workplace. If you run a business that doesn’t make much use of modern software, here are some different types of software that you should consider introducing to improve efficiency and productivity.
I was just thinking back to a company I once did some work for a couple of years ago. They manufacture items for industrial machinery, and whilst their equipment is state-of-the-art, their computer systems were anything but modern!
Their accounts system is essentially an old Windows 98 computer that ran a DOS character-based “program” that was connected to an Epson dot-matrix printer! I had to double-check that I hadn’t accidentally stumbled upon some shrine to old computer technology! Today’s modern accounts software runs in Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X, with a lot of providers now offering cloud-based solutions that can be accessed from a web browser anywhere around the world.
Customer relationship management
All businesses have customers of some description, otherwise they would not be trading! Companies and indeed other organisations around the world utilise some form of database technology to store information about their customers, such as contact details, past orders and so forth. A customer relationship management program is an enterprise-wide system that all employees from different departments can use.
Sales, marketing, accounts and logistics staff can all access this one central database for specific purposes, and it is an extremely-efficient way of obtaining and updating customer information.
In today’s modern world, all companies have to comply with certain legislative processes and legal requirements in order to stay on the right side of the law.
Compliance software, such as the software offered by Riliance, can help your organisation to stay legal and above board.
Inventory management software
Do you know what tangible and intangible assets your business has? Chances are you probably don’t have specific information about what your company actually owns!
In those scenarios, inventory software can pay dividends for all businesses and organisations. Here’s how:
- Stock location – if you have a warehouse full of products such as spare parts for machines, you will know exactly where each item is located and how many products you have in stock;
- Reporting – a decent inventory management system can help you to determine what items you spend the most amount of money on, as well as items that you keep in stock that don’t really get used or sell well.