Business software, are YOU maximizing its potential ?

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Software can be expensive; no two ways about it. How much did you spend on installing the latest software in your office? How many times have you used it? My guess is not as much as you could have been.

When installing new software in your office, it may not be sufficient to just read the instructions, it may be that you need some help with working out how to use it to its full potential and make sure you get the best out of it for your organisation.

There are many one or half day training courses based around a number of various software packages.

It is vital that you and your colleagues all know what the software is for, how to use it and how to maximise its value. I know you may be thinking ‘but that’s even more money!’ But how much money will you be saving in the long run? If you purchase an item of software for a number of PCs (or Macs if that’s your thing!) then the bill could have been pretty hefty. Three quarters of your team probably don’t know how to use it or why they need it and the other half may only use it once for the task in hand and then forget about it.

The point I am trying to make is that without full training, purchasing software may be a colossal waste of money. It needs to be used to its full capacity to be worth its ROI. Given the old joke that men won’t read instructions or ask for directions the majority may not see training as necessary (or admit they need it!) when installing new software in the office. Look at it from an ROI point of view, you want to exploit this software, you’ve just forked out X amount on installing it and you need to use it as often as you can to your advantage to make it worthwhile. If your staff don’t know how to use it or when to use it or even why they should be using it, then your investment isn’t worth its while.

Training doesn’t have to be expensive, many of the sales representatives are highly trained in the software and will be able to provide a short training course on how to use said software. They may offer an all-in price when purchasing. Alternatively search out your local expert – ask for a few hours of his time. If you don’t want to pay hard cash, offer a skill share – if they train your staff for half a day you will give them half a day of your services at no cost. Then the hours can be spread out and the cost doesn’t seem as hefty.

At Rob Thomas IT Ltd we offer installation and full training on all of the software we provide – making sure that you get the best out of the purchase, and your organisation reaps the benefits.


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