Technology becomes outdated, and your surveying software is no exception.
Over time, a failure to innovate can damage your company, so it's essential to review your software regularly. Here are some indicators that it might be time to review your software.
Technology moves at a rapid pace, although old software is not necessarily second-rate.
The problem is that software companies often become complacent or "locked into" old technology.
Modern software alternatives are often:
A problem that was difficult to solve five years ago, such as offline support, can be solved easily today. It's important to review your surveying software periodically, to maintain a competitive edge.
When surveyors quit from frustration, it should send a clear message to management that something isn't right. Alarm bells should start ringing if your surveyors have difficulty or suffer embarrassment learning your software, leading them to quit.
This situation can happen when surveyors join you from another company with better software. Your surveying software should not be causing you to lose experienced staff members.
Delays with your software provider can occur for many reasons; if your software provider is slow to respond to technical issues or change requests, it can affect:
Delays with your software supplier can cost you thousands of pounds. There's a "lost opportunity" cost here too, how many other jobs could you have completed in the time you were waiting for the supplier? If your software is causing bottlenecks or financial strain, it's time to start looking elsewhere.
Some companies may charge thousands of pounds for (often minor) changes including:
Software companies can get away with this because the surveying company has no alternative. At Flow Software Solutions, we favour simple pricing, and we don't charge anything for small changes.
If you're losing your competitive edge or having issues with your software provider, it might be time to consider switching apps.
Flow Mobile Surveying could be the solution to your problems. Get in touch for a demo