Your company has decided that you’re ready to start scaling up, and you want to make sure that you choose the right business management platform with all the features and tools you need. Here we’ll explore some of the most important questions you should ask when comparing different platforms and types of software.
Since every company is different, you need to take the time to evaluate various platforms to see which one is right for your team. Your first question must consider why you are implementing business management software and what issues you hope it will fix.
Which type of business management software has the features we need to solve our biggest problems?
Is your company more interested in facilitating communication among different departments? Or is a visual summary of your progress more important? Maybe you’ve been having difficulty identifying your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) or keeping your employees engaged and motivated. Your first step will be to identify which issues are holding you back from aligning your team and seeing real success.
For example, if your company’s biggest issue is not being able to adequately track your progress, consider a business management platform that has a customizable company dashboard so employees at all levels can view how well they are performing in relation to their objectives. Choose a platform that has the tools you need to align your team.
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Your next consideration needs to dive into how you can execute on your strategic goals:
Which business strategy platform best aligns with our business objectives and predicted levels of growth?
Your leaders want to see tangible results. For many start-ups and other young companies, achieving consistent revenue is essential. While this is still extremely important for well-established businesses, companies in the process of scaling up often face unique challenges. Their fast-paced growth often affects the talent hiring process and requires the company’s founder to balance the needs of the business with the needs of his employees.
Make sure that whichever business management platform you choose has the tools you’ll need to match where your company expects to be down-the-road. Look for a platform that can sustain the levels of growth you hope to achieve. For instance, you wouldn’t want to choose a business planning platform that can only support five users if you plan to hire more employees as you scale up.
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The next question you should have in your arsenal is more operational in focus.
Which business management tools will be easiest for me to implement across the company and for my employees to use?
If you choose software that is difficult to understand or utilize, your employees won’t use it. You can force your team members to comply, but this will only increase frustration and negative backlash. Instead, choose a platform that is clear, intuitive, and efficient to implement. This way, your employees will have no trouble incorporating the business management platform into their existing routines, and your company can utilize the software’s full value.
For example, our Align software allows for easy installation in five minutes, with team members on-call to assist with any questions or issues you may have along the way.
Once you’ve done your research, it’s time to make a choice and start using the platform you’ve selected. Ready to scale up your company now? Start a FREE trial of our business management platform to see if Align is right for your team.