What to Consider When Comparing Software Options
When searching for the right software, you will be bombarded with companies claiming to have the latest and greatest features. While all companies are improving their software, most have similar features and if it is missing one feature, they will be adding it in the near future. We find that focusing on finding the right partner usually creates a better experience. How is the implementation process? What is their support like? What does the longevity of their company look like? These are important questions to answer as you search for the right partner.
At The Integra Group, we won’t give you a side-by-side checklist of features that compares our software to similar options on the market. Why? Because we work with you on specifically what you need to drive the success of your business. This will be one of the biggest additions you will ever make to your business, you will want to make sure you pick the right partner the first time.
When you base a buying decision on a side-by-side checklist alone, you miss out on the most crucial part of choosing the smart software partner—realizing that you’re investing in more than a list of features. You’re investing in a business partner, and that’s what The Integra Group strives to be.
Here is the best way to think about our software capabilities—if you have a business problem, we already have or can develop software to solve that problem. Unlike off-the-shelf software, there are virtually no limits to the software features we can deliver, but we’ve found that most businesses benefit from a platform that unifies:
- Customer relationship management
- Bidding, contracts, and estimates
- Forecasting and scheduling
- Purchase orders and inventory
- Billing and invoices
- Business analytics
- Accounting software integrations
- Mobile capabilities
If you’ve seen similar feature sets outlined by other software vendors, you need to remember that comparing those checklists is like comparing apples to oranges—what one provider calls forecasting and scheduling may fall under business analytics for another. That’s why you need to have a discussion around your specific business problems and which solution provider is best equipped to solve them, not a conversation about which software checks the most boxes.
We’ve taken the conventional enterprise software implementation process and consolidated it to unify every aspect of your operations.
When you partner with The Integra Group, we start by taking a deep dive into your business. We want to understand what you do, why you do it that way, and how you think software can help you do it better. With these insights, we make recommendations about which software features can add lasting value to your operations. We can also help you make informed decisions about how our solutions stack up against other options with an ROI analysis and software roadmaps for the future.
We don’t have a comparison checklist, but you can learn more about how the features of our BOSS® platform stand on their own.