THE PROS AND CONS OF UPGRADING YOUR BUSINESS SOFTWARE

Changing your software systems is a huge decision for any business. To help you make the right decision we’ve created a list of the pros and cons involved:

PRO: SECURITY
New software is always more secure than its predecessors, because the longer a piece of software is on the market, the longer hackers and other bad actors have to figure out its weaknesses. With cyber-security being one of the biggest threats to businesses today (In 2016, 36% of all crimes were “cyber enabled fraud”, while “computer misuse” accounted for a further 17%) that’s a PRO you can’t ignore!

CON: NEW SOFTWARE COSTS MONEY
Software costs can fluctuate between developers and product versions. Some programs might include a discounted price for future upgrades, or you may have to buy the software outright, which can quickly add up when you have to upgrade multiple computers. Making this kind of bulk purchase comes down to whether you have the budget, which can easily dictate how realistic software upgrades are for your company. To overcome these hurdles, Clockwork IT also offers a rental option to its customers allowing them to implement a new system with minimal upfront costs.

PRO: NEW CAPABILITIES
How do businesses justify charging you for an updated piece of software? By providing something that’s substantially better than earlier versions! The latest programs will undoubtedly address previous flaws, increase functionality, and take user feedback into account.

CON: BUT DO YOU NEED IT?
Of course, while the newest software may be the best, there is no guarantee that you need it. If your “old” program still works fine, and none of the new features will be useful to you, why throw money away on an updated product? In this case, there will almost certainly be something better to spend your money on!

PRO: PRODUCTIVITY & EFFICIENCY
The bottom line is this: as software functionality improves, it should deliver greater gains in productivity and efficiency. Some companies could save thousands of hours of work with a simple upgrade – at that point, the question becomes one of economics.

CON: HURDLES
While new software tends to be better, and can improve productivity, there will always be a “learning curve” to take into account. If the new programs are very different, and will require significant man-hours to understand, as well as major input from IT specialists, you may want to ask yourself: is it worth it? In other words, do the productivity gains you think you will reap from installation outweigh the height of the hurdles you will need to jump to get to them?

At Clockwork, we only roll out new software and updates when we know they can help to make your business more efficient, saving you time and money. If you would like to learn more about the software solutions that could be helping your business towards a more profitable future, you can contact us here.

CLOCKWORK GOES GREEN!

Clockwork IT is proud to announce that we’re going green!

As well as reducing our own paper use, we’re also in the process of updating our entire road fleet to electric vehicles. Director Andy Milner is already driving a new Tesla, reducing his fuel and servicing cost by over £450 per month. Clockwork will be rolling out further Teslas across the entire fleet in the coming months.

While we are professionally committed to the ethical considerations around sustainability, we’re also focused on the practicalities of adopting newer, more efficient forms of technology. As our clients will already know, Clockwork takes efficiency very seriously indeed.

In the long run, sustainable technologies will simply be more cost-effective, perform better, and make life easier all round. You owe it to yourself and your business to embrace those technologies – and we can help you do it.

Clockwork’s mobile software solutions can help you become more sustainable as a company too. Our mobile software means you can send job data to your engineers remotely, helping them to cut down on the unnecessary morning commute to your offices, and shrinking your carbon footprint. At around a £1 per day not only is the return on investment obvious in terms of time and fuel costs, but you are also joining our pursuit of a cleaner, greener planet.

This is a vitally important step in protecting the planet – as of this year, transportation is the single largest contributor to the UK’s carbon emissions and is implicated in a more than £6 billion cost to the UK economy each year.

To join our quest for a more efficient and paperless environment, please contact us for an exploratory chat.

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