More software solutions for businesses, like sign business software and Apparel ERP, were purchased in 2013 than in any previous years. Here are a few statistics about how companies make their decisions and how business software is most commonly used:
• Almost 70 percent of the companies who purchased business software in 2013 used a committee of three or more people to research and select software. These committees looked at a range of software options and tested and demoed their top selections for a period of several months before choosing one. We recommend using this method when you are deciding which program to purchase, as the business software you select will be one of the biggest business decisions you make.
• This means almost 30% of all businesses didn’t research the software they selected, and many purchased the first one they found. While this method has worked out for a small percentage of these buyers, research shows a much larger number were unhappy with their purchase.
• 70% of businesses asked their peers and colleagues for recommendations as to which software they should buy, and research shows that people view personal recommendations as one of the most trustworthy methods of review. If you are in the market for software, we recommend you assemble a committee to research your options and ask your colleagues, partners and competitors what software solutions they use most often and how well they think these programs work. Planning is important when making such a big decision, so make sure you give yourself enough time to select a system you can trust for years to come.