Are you being safe while browsing the web?
We all love the internet. It helps us with so many things, like keeping us up to date on the latest news, learning something new, researching our favorite subject, or watching that funny video of a dog playing with a water hose. Whatever you do on the internet, we are sure security is one of your top priorities, as it should be.
This week we are going to go over some of the dangers to be aware of while surfing the internet:
Why Software Isn’t One-Size-Fits-AllFor some companies, out-of-the-box software solutions are not really solutions at all. If you’re reading this newsletter, you’re probably one of those companies, frustrated because you can’t find a quick fix for collaboration, systems integration, or some other project that involves a skillset your current IT team (or lack of one) can’t produce.
The reality is, for more complex companies, boxed solutions simply don’t provide all the capabilities needed to make your workflow more efficient, your communications better and your operations leaner. In fact, because they are meant to provide broad solutions, you will very likely end up with more capabilities than you actually need. Boxed solutions offer a low barrier to entry, but the initial cost is misleading. Over time you’ll be paying for upgrades, software support, licensing fees, and other random costs. The bottom line: most off-the-shelf solutions will not be a perfect fit for your company.
So, how do you know for sure, if your company needs custom software?
It starts with an evaluation. Consider questions like: What systems do you currently use? Who is using the system or systems and what are you using them for. What do you wish they could do differently or better? To evaluate your current software, you need to have a good understanding of what your business does and how it does it. Also, you’ll need to know what your company is willing to invest to improve operations.
With an experienced software company helping you through this journey, you could end up with a very different perspective on how to streamline and automate processes, improve team collaboration and grow exponentially. A custom software package that is designed specifically for your operational needs, with your company’s growth projection in mind, will actually allow employees to work more efficiently, using the same platform. Custom software is ideal for companies who have very specific processes and needs and don’t mind paying a little more to get exactly what they need from a software company that can provide support when they need it.
If you’re looking for a custom software solution for your business needs, consider Spud Software. We’re local, dedicated and experienced software developers, business analysts, and consultants, ready to provide you with a custom software package that can take your business to the next level.
How do you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?
Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday all about having fun. It’s a day that everyone is a little bit Irish; a day to hang out with good friends while eating Irish stew and drinking a green beer or two. But have you ever stopped to wonder what is Saint Patrick’s Day even the celebration of? If so, we have the answer for you.
Saint Patrick’s Day is the cultural/religious celebration of the day Saint Patrick passed away, which was March 17th of 461 A.D. Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. Although he was not actually born in Ireland, he was a missionary bishop who has been given credit for Ireland converting to Christianity. There are many legends that have been told about Saint Patrick but most of what we know is from the book he wrote on the last year of his life, named Confessio.
Some other interesting facts about St Patrick’s Day are:
A Business Dashboard is quite a powerful tool that is beneficial to both you and your company.
Your business generates a massive amount of data, from simple things such as who is logging hours to more complex items such as project tracking. This information is important when it comes to decision making, but trying to sort all this data can be quite an overwhelming task. This is where a business dashboard comes in.
A business dashboard is a management tool that combines all your business data into one location. It provides you with insights into key data points relevant to the running of your business, whether it's an overall view or specific processes or departments. Having this information allows you to make informed decisions and can greatly improve the performance of your executives and employees.
The goal of a business dashboard is to answer business questions and provide a quick analysis of your data. Examples of common questions to ask are:
If you're interested in making the most out of your data, Spud Software can help. We will define what metrics are most important to your company, then design a solution that meets your specific needs. With the right business dashboard.