Software Surgery – why should you invest in software consultancy ahead of development?

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17th June 2022

Have you got a software issue causing you sleepless nights? Jumping straight in to try and solve it might not be the best approach. Instead, why not consider investing in software consultancy?

Software is supposed to make your operations easier, so if it currently makes life more difficult then something needs to change. But what? If you don’t know what you need to fix, software consultancy could be the missing link.

A consultancy company will spend time drilling down into the issues you’re facing and come up with possible solutions.

Regardless of whether you have off-the-shelf products or had custom software built, a company like Sapere will spend the time understanding how your business works, and the challenges that need to be addressed before coming up with viable solutions.

Investing in software consultancy

Perhaps as you’ve grown and expanded as a business, your software needs have changed. So, what you need to do now is decide whether to focus on today’s requirements or tomorrow’s plans.

Using external software consultancy services like ours can help you to make smarter investment decisions. The end goal is to have software in place that streamlines the tasks involved in the company’s day-to-day activities while taking any future plans into account too.

Our role as consultants is to help you define and implement this.

How? Initially, we take time to understand your business. We’ll learn your processes and procedures, the systems you use and the challenges you face. We want to know what it is you’re trying to fix and, ultimately, achieve with your software. That could be more efficient systems, eradicating errors, more products, or profits.

This first conversation usually takes around an hour and afterwards, we reflect on everything you’ve told us to come up with options for you to consider.

This phase can take a few weeks, depending on the size of the business, and we will probably have further questions for you as we explore possible solutions. Ultimately, our aim is to come up with a digital overlay that solves your problem.

How long will it take?

We hate to say it, but how long is a piece of string?

The length of the project really depends on the issues you need to fix and the digital solution you’ve agreed to.

More often than not, upgrading and replacing your software can be a lengthy process, and the best outcomes usually come from taking the time to achieve them.

Any work we do is as much your project as ours, so having the time and commitment to see it through will be to your benefit. However, in general, it will take around three to four months to complete a software upgrade.

How much is it likely to cost?

There’s no way around it, upgrading or improving your software can be a costly outlay. Because of this, you’ll want to get it right. If future needs are not considered from the start, it could end up being a hefty and pointless investment.

Using software consultancy services can help to guide you toward the most cost-effective and appropriate solutions, ensuring that you put your money in the right place.

Our normal approach is to provide you with a detailed document that outlines your challenges and our solution with a road map to success, as well as the cost of the project, the considerations we need to think about and the recommendations.

At Sapere, we use our experience and expertise to unshackle you from old and unwieldy software platforms that no longer serve your needs. We help businesses improve their systems, delivering new technological products that improve internal and external processes and procedures.  

So, if you’ve got a bold vision and need help to achieve it, give us a call on 01642 955645.