Online software solutions, just like any other technological product, can be selected according to a number of set attributes.
My research has proven that there are other elements than simply cost which can help us to locate our best solution when it comes to purchasing software. These are my findings!
Popularity polls – the power of public spending
When you think about the singles chart, film chart or any other public popularity gauge, you can see that people’s opinion is usually right when it comes to voting things up or down the popularity scale.
When you are in any doubt about what solution to choose, going with the popular vote can usually safeguard you against making mistakes. Things gain in popularity usually because they are good, easy to use, and effective.
Just as when a single reaches number one in the charts it usually (not always!) has something positive about it, like a catchy tune or great lyrics, so software becomes popular when it is effective and does what it promises for its users.
Research – arming yourself with the best information
You wouldn’t purchase a house simply by looking at pictures of it, or a car because you like the color. Similarly, when it comes to buying software it makes sense to do your homework and check up on it before making a purchasing decision.
Before you buy any product, make sure you compare the price, space storage, remote access capabilities, capacity for a free trial and other factors which may influence your decision. Get two or three of the top solutions, and then make an informed decision once you are armed with all of your requirements and information.
Simplicity – don’t get muddled by technical complexity
Just as we wouldn’t be comfortable using a washing machine which is difficult to program, so we do not want to waste our valuable time struggling with a solution which is not intuitive and easy to use.
Make sure that your chosen solution is easy to use and can work unobtrusively in the background, freeing you up to focus on important things!
Ensuring your data is completely secure and protected
It’s no good signing up to a security solution which isn’t secure! Check carefully to see how your data will be encrypted, what the company does to safeguard against potential loss of information, and how effective the password and username security is.
The last thing you want to do is invest in a security solution which still leaves you concerned about the safety of your data. Check the capabilities carefully before making an informed decision based on your findings.
Testimonials from people you trust
Just as we are more likely to get a haircut or buy an outfit if people we care about approve of it, so you can make buying decisions based on testimonials from friends and family. These people have no vested interest in recommending a product, so listen carefully to people who have made it work for them – and go for it!