How to choose the right Accounting Software
If you are thinking of changing your software, here are a few simple considerations. These are not software features but great tips on what to ask for when dealing with people and organisations who are selling to you.
1. Make it easy for yourself and others to understand what you want.
Write a clear and brief statement of requirements. There are usually 2 or 3 key objectives that a new system must go some way to achieving.
2. Evaluate (Test Drive) the software
Fully evaluate the software. In a demonstration, if something isn't clear or you don't fully understand, ask again. Slick demonstrators are very good at skimming over the not-so-good areas. Once you've had a demonstration, ask for an evaluation copy. Even if it does require a bit of training, it's important that you get a 'feel' for the software by using it in your own time. You wouldn't buy a car without test driving it first, would you?
3. Take up references
Telephone or visit existing customers who use the software being recommended. It is useful to prepare a list of questions in advance.
Find out a little more about the individuals who will be implementing and supporting the software such as:
- What qualifications do they have?
- How long have they worked with the product?
- How long have they worked in the industry?
- How long have they worked with the company?
5. Involve Your Team for two main reasons:
- Two brains are better than one
- If they're going to be using it, getting them involved will reduce the resistance to change.