Which comes first – the apps or the business? It might sound like a dumb question, but the consequences of building a business on the wrong software tools can be serious. What if your customer database can’t talk to your accounting system? Or your resource planning is in chaos because everyone’s using different project management systems? You really don’t want to be recreating core systems while your team is trying to build the business.
It’s easy to just grab the cheapest or simplest solution when you need to get a business function going. But investing a small amount of time to figure out the best tools to support your business as it grows from 5 to 50 to 500 people will pay off in spades. To help you avoid some of the most expensive and time-consuming mis-steps, here are the most important applications to consider when you’re building your business.