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3 Essential Tips for Sourcing Business Technology Software Vendors

by Rich Dale

January 20, 2015 | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Today’s business technology software vendors have learnt the hard lessons from poor practices and self serving selling methods of traditional vendors.

But how do you, as a potential purchaser, spot a new age supplier from an old age dinosaur?

Consult our good practice software vendor checklist below.

Tip 1 – Satisfy yourself that the vendor cares about their customers

In today’s world, businesses need partners who will be there for the long term. Software vendors will take the time to build relationships, understand the business and the processes.

They will work from your perspective, not from their pre-determined ideas.

Tip 2 – Ensure the vendor will offer truly tailored solutions

Modern software avoids complexity and confusion by mirroring your business process and information requirements. Your team will understand the software and adopt it readily because it talks their language.

Most importantly, modern systems should have a single data store, ensuring you have one source of customer and operational data, without all the duplication headaches, complexity and cost.

Tip 3 – Ask their customers if the vendor will provide value for money

Traditional software usually entails complex licensing costs, options and upgrades, and you’re paying for many features included in the product that your business doesn’t even need.

Today’s new generation tools deliver only what you want and need.

Has thinking about how to choose the right business technology software vendor made you want to improve how you manage it? Read our articles below to get more tips and advice on how to improve your business.

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Rich Dale

Rich leads the Flowlens team, developing a beautifully simple, yet powerfully integrated ERP and CRM system for small businesses. Flowlens helps you control your costs and margin, with joined up reports, stock, purchasing, quotations, sales pipeline, operations/production, dispatch and after-sales management functions.

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