Organizational Software

Written by Linda Alexander
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Too often, nonprofits choose organizational software that doesn't meet their needs, simply because they did not spend enough time planning. Be smart and make an informed decision before you waste money and end up with something that does not work for you. With the sheer variety of choices today, it pays to plan your purchase.

Inappropriate organizational software purchases include those that are too complicated or too expensive. Taking the time to assess your needs and choose software that most effectively meets your needs will not only save money, but time, frustration, and productivity as well. After all, software is supposed to make tasks easier, not create endless frustration with learning how to use a new system.

Compatibility of Organizational Software with Existing Hardware

After you have determined what you need the software to do, ensure that the selections you research are compatible with your hardware. If you are upgrading your hardware at the same time, this is easier. But most nonprofits are dealing with an array of different computers with different operating systems. Fortunately, there are web-based solutions that can work with Macs and PCs, and different operating systems.

Personal experiences with organizational software can't be made too important. The best way to know if a solution will work for you is to talk to people who use it. Find out if it is easy to use, how much training will be required, and whether the software is stable. Ask references how they use it, how often they use it, and if they feel it was a worthwhile purchase. Finally, be sure the software you choose is scalable so that it will be able to meet your needs in a few years.

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