Processes for Your Business?
J.D. Maher &
Associates, Inc. (JDM) recommends a simple rule-of-thumb
to guide application software for an owner-managed
business: USE packaged software. Do not buy a
package and then modify it to fit your business.
to the package.
Given this guideline, Selection
“JDM is often asked 'How much
custom software should I commission to support our
business processes?'. For owner-managed
businesses, the answer is always quite simple: NONE,
zilch, zero, nada!”
We are compelled to
explain that business process should be conducted in
accordance with best practice standards. The only
reason to deviate is when specialization provides a
competitive advantage. If such an advantage can be
proven to be cash-flow beneficial, the specialization should
be considered part of your market offering; that is, product
process - not business process.
must be done well. Often, global standard applications
make good choices (e.g., technical and productivity
applications). Sometimes, a defining process mandates
the use of a specific vertical-industry package.
Always, integration capabilities affect these decisions.
These are long-term
decisions (minimum, seven years), that affect daily
practices throughout your organization. JDM would be
pleased to help you make just the right Application