Before we get right to it, let’s have a short Q & A so you’ll have a good understanding of what this guide is about. That way, you’ll know what to expect and be at ease in knowing that you’re reading EXACTLY what you’re looking for. Let's dig in and understand how to choose the right arborist software for your business.
1. What is this guide about?
This guide is about determining which software is best for your business. We’ll talk about cloud vs. Windows based software, generic or industry specific software, and the advantages of using it (among many others).
2. Who is this for?
This is for those who are interested to learn more about service software programs and what it can do for their business. This is ESPECIALLY for our readers who are looking to purchase an arborist software for their business but aren't quite sure how to go about the selection process.
Let’s face it, considering how there are multitudes of software programs being offered in the web, ranging from construction, business or even software for landscape(among many others), choosing the best one isn't easy to come by especially if you don’t know much about software programs.
3. Why are we sharing this guide?
As part of our commitment to helping you take your business to the next level, we’re hoping to educate you even more about the topic. That way, you can harness the power of software programs to its fullest and give your business the boost that it needs.
Let’s get to it!
Liked what you've read so far? Perfect! Let’s get to the nitty gritty of things and get this started.
Let’s first talk about the importance of choosing the right software and how critical it is that you in fact choose the right one (or be as right as you can be with the software program that you choose).
The importance of choosing the right arborist software.
Choosing the right arborist software program for your business isn't something you can take lightly. With the right software, you can save thousands of dollars by avoiding unnecessary firefighting on your business process. You can downright focus on things that will make you productive instead of adding unnecessary steps to your process due to the features that your software lack.
It’s for this reason that businesses take the time to painstakingly review and analyze the prospect software that they hope to use even before making the decision of purchasing one.
To better illustrate this… Supposing you’re in the tree care industry and you’re using a generic software versus a custom made tree care software, can you imagine how your software might have TONS of features in it yet it isn't really addressing the specific needs of your business? This is pretty typical of a generic software since it is created to be a one-size-fits-all deal.
The inefficiency of the wrong software not having the features that you need can translate to more dollars spent on system/file processing or just downright wasted manpower hours due to your team having to navigate through all the unnecessary parts of the software.
Windows based software vs. The cloud
In essence, Windows based software programs are those that you can ONLY access on the computer that you installed it on.
On the other hand, cloud based software programs can be accessed almost anywhere and is internet based. That said, regardless of which computer you’re at, for as long as you have internet, you’ll still be able to access your software and everything else that you stored in it.
Considering how both software programs work, depending on how your tree care business operate (we’ll be using the tree care industry all throughout the article as an example), either of the two can be what you need.
Generic vs. Industry specific software
While both have their advantages and disadvantages, no one can really say that there's a one-size-fits-all answer for this question. But to give you a good idea of how it is, you can review the advantages pointed out below.
The advantages of generic software:
1.) Is usually mass produced making it more affordable than custom software programs.
2.) The requirements are usually coined through market research.
3.) It is usually bug free. Considering how there are usually more customers buying generic software, the provider will almost always take the time to continuously optimize and improve the software since that lone software has thousands of users.
The advantages of industry specific software:
1.) It’s a good fit. While it surely isn't perfect, chances are it has 80% - 95% of the features that you are looking for.
2.) It gives you an advantage over your competitors.
3.) More user friendly and easier to understand how to implement
The points above are just an overview of the advantages that you can expect from both generic and custom made software. While there’s surely more than the ones mentioned above, it should give you a better understanding of both generic and custom made software programs.