The Next Step in Your Startup's Software Needs

You already know the right software can make running and managing your startup a lot easier. You know you need Microsoft Office, you’ve probably got your account software all set up, and you probably already have an internet service provider that offers email hosting. You’re off to a great start!

But, don’t think your job is done yet. There is an unbelievable array of apps, devices, and programs that go above and beyond the essentials to deliver an even more streamlined experience.

Here are a few software options you should consider after you get all the basics in place.

Data Automation

Once your startup gets up and running, you’ll quickly find that you have many different devices and apps, and moving between them can get to be quite a challenge. Data automation software from Open Automation Software can help.

Instead of queuing and storing data separately on each platform, data automation software allows you to transfer data to and from a wide variety of databases, no matter what their source. It’s an easy way to keep all your data at your fingertips.

IoT Communication

There’s no doubt that having access to your data is important, and data automation can make accessing that data extremely easy, but there’s more to it than that. You want everything in your Internet of Things (IoT) to communicate with each other so you aren’t stuck as the messenger between your systems.

There are a wide variety of network forwarding, redirecting, and hosting options that can be used in many different combinations. They all work together to connect all of the programs and apps in your corporate network, and they do it securely.

You may want to consider:

  • Basic networking, if you're using a static IP address

  • Live data cloud networking, if you're using a dynamic IP address

  • Network forwarding, if you want to use multiple servers

  • One-way networking, if you want to transfer information through communication diodes
Customer Relationship Management Software

When you first get your startup running, it’s fairly easy to keep track of your customers. You likely have a personal relationship with them. But, hopefully, as time goes on, your customer list will grow and keeping track of every single one on the list will become a challenge.

Nothing beats customer relationship management software (CRM) when it comes to managing clients. Just take it slow. Like most software options, there are tons of features. It can all be overwhelming.

Start with a basic CRM system first. Once you and your employees have the hang of it, you can add additional bells and whistles to the system. If you jump in head first and try to figure it all out at once, you’ll likely dump the system before you’ve given it a real change.

Your startup is a learning and growing experience. Not only will you learn and grow as a person, your understanding of technology will grow as well. Don’t be afraid to try new systems, like the ones on this list!

Author:.

Carmelo is a marketing writer and blogger helping small and medium size businesses craft winning content strategies. She's always scouting the web for new social media strategies and is slightly addicted to apps. When not tapping the keyboard, you are likely to find her in the park playing with her uncontrollably friendly Irish setter or trying out new vegan recipes.

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