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Business Software & Applications

The modern small business has a staggering array of computer software choices available to enable, manage and oversee business operations. This ranges from "line-of-business" specific software that is unique to your particular type of business, security software to keep your data safe, communications software to tie people and places together, monitoring software to keep an eye on the important things, and software that gets a dozen other digital jobs done and makes your digitally enabled office more productive and information rich. The use of these software tools, as in any capital investment should be contributing to your bottom line and profits.

Shope Consulting has selected software that we feel provide the best-in-class functionality and value to your small business operations. In most cases we use them in-house for my our own business operations, and in all cases have used and understand the software being brought to your attention here. There is always more than one software available to do the same information processing job, and in some cases we may mention alternatives that you may already be using or that may be a better fit to your operations.

You Acquire, You Control, Your Business Software...

When acquiring software for your business it is important to maintain a high level of control, understanding, and perspective over your chosen systems. A software "journal" or "log" should be kept to document the relevant details of your business's unique software systems. It is suggested that when acquiring and installing software, that your business or its designated representative is the official owner or licensee where applicable, and that you have the fullest access possible to software and technical support by documenting source files, installation details and configurations that are specific to your business. This documentation should also include screenshots of program settings, notes from resolving technical issues, specific knowledge gained though use of the software that is not readily apparent or considered unique in your instance, etc. Having these details is crucial in any support efforts and disaster recovery planning.

Food For Thought: Does "FOSS" Software Make Sense In Your Small Business?

The "commercial open-source" software development model (free to use/pay for support as needed) is an increasingly common method of providing the small business user with valuable software assets, while still maintaining a sustainable, practical way for software authors to make a profit from their work and more importantly to continue developing and supporting the software. This method has many advantages and opportunities for a small business when evaluating, and confidently making decisions about adopting open-source software into the business infrastructure.