How to choose shipping software

November 4, 2014 at 12:24 PMAdministrator
Choosing shipping software is a big decision that businesses shouldn't take lightly.

Companies investing in shipping software should not take the decision lightly. There are many factors to consider when determining the best option for the corporation. Overlooking one of these aspects could be detrimental to productivity and profits.

What does the business need?
Before even conducting research on the multitude of shipping software options on the market today, a business needs to identify what purpose the software will serve. Evaluate operations to identify strengths and weaknesses. Decide where the business should be in the future and what may need to happen to get it there. Knowing what to look for in shipping software makes shopping around a much less tedious process.

Recording current output and successes prior to shipping software adoption is also important. These figures will help the corporation determine how successful the program is down the road. Without an accurate starting point, any positive developments may be hard to quantify.

Test drive
If possible, have employees take potential software on a test run. Find out if it is reliable, intuitive and helpful. The purpose of adoption is to improve business practices. Avoid buying a platform that does not make workers' lives easier.

Training
Determine which departments will require training on a new software platform. Most likely, if enterprise resource planning or cloud-based software is chosen, all staff will need to learn the program. These types of software systems are excellent for connecting staff to each other and streamlining communication, but it will definitely require more in-depth and time-consuming training. Find out which providers offer training services and how supportive they are during that process.

Installation
Implementing an enterprise resource planning software system can be a tricky process. Designing a plan is necessary so the staff is not overwhelmed and operations do not come to a halt. Find out how much additional hardware is needed in order to install the ERP software. Take a look at the time required for complete implementation. Add grace periods to allot for unexpected road blocks. Avoid adopting a brand new system during a very busy time of year, like the upcoming holiday season for example.

Maintenance
Today, cloud-based software is largely managed by IT departments. If a company does not have the resources necessary to care for shipping software, it must consider hiring additional IT professionals to help maintain the platform. This should happen prior to installation, not after.

In addition, check with the service provider to see what assistance it offers over the course of use. If something goes wrong or the system needs servicing, will the provider be available to find a solution? If not, how will this affect business operations?

Security
One of the most important features of ERP software is the security. Ask the provider in-depth questions about how it handled past security issues. 

Why cloud software?
Gartner listed cloud-based software as one of the top ten technology trends of 2015. Any business looking to stay competitive in its industry should be investing in reliable cloud technology that streamlines communication, improves productivity and advances businesses in their sector.