Are you looking for a software solution that's designed specifically for your niche industry? Do you also want a program that has the largest possible install base to ensure supportability? In an ideal situation, the answer to both questions is likely yes. But in the real world, these two goals are often in opposition. The question is: How do you find the right balance for you?
The software your company chooses will depend on the size and scope of your current operations, but also how you expect to grow. Equally important is what role you expect the program to fulfill for your company. Some business owners want their solution to only address their back office needs. Others are willing to invest more to obtain a comprehensive system that not only provides adequate financial reporting but also has integrated features for scheduling and tracking their day to day tasks.
The software industry has responded to the large variation of businesses and the vast differences in the requirements they have for software. Before comparing the advantages of industry specific software to systems with a broader industry focus but larger install base, it is important to understand how software is commonly sold. There are larger software development companies who have established a network of value added resellers (VARs) that sell programs designed to serve a variety of industries. There are also smaller developers that focus on a particular niche market. And then there is almost every combination in between. We can help identify what options are available but deciding what possibilities to pursue will rely on how you view the advantages of each option. Below is a list for your consideration.