Communications software is a solution that helps to pass data and information between applications. This sort of system offers remote access to computers and transmits documents in multiple formats between applications. Examples of communication software are email, live chat, messaging apps, and file transfer protocol (FTP). Of late, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions have become trendy. VoIP assists users to utilize the internet to make phone calls at a cost-effective rate. At the same time, communication programs enable companies to build private internal networks to exchange sensitive data, and also to contact external associates via secured and protected channels.
The first and most important thing is to make certain the app is appropriate for your firm’s needs. Do not worry about the delivery method and pricing model and focus on getting the appropriate software. Second, you should invest some time to do proper groundwork on the background of the vendor and the functionality of the product. Otherwise, you may end up paying a high cost if the system proves to be a bad fit.
Another important thing is you should always peruse the contract and understand the terms and conditions. SaaS contracts are known for clever phrasing, so be sure you know what you are getting into. Do not get suckered into an evergreen contract. Be clear about the renewal terms as well as the notice time required to cancel the renewal.
You will be surprised to learn the gains you can get by negotiating intelligently. SaaS software is a competitive market and vendors will be willing to provide you a price concession to earn your business and continue it. Make use of this chance to save some money. Realize that the teaser rate is offered only for a short period. Learn about the total cost you need to pay after the initial discount ends. Also, estimate the long-term fee to know what you are getting into.
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Main Functionality – rates the software’s ability to meet its main promise or USP.
Customization - Rates the software’s customization tools that allow the business to match the software’s functions to the business’ specific processes and current needs. Tools to watch include: custom reports; custom fields; custom business processes; logo insertions; and color palette choice.
Collaboration Features – rates the software’s functionalities that allow team members to work together, share documents, ideas and best practices. Includes tools such as: communication platforms (IM chat, VoIP, email, social media, phone); real-time features; attachment and association capabilities; and automatic task and contact associations.
Integration – rates the ability of the software to assimilate third-party applications and formats, especially popular productivity tools like Google Apps, Microsoft Office and Outlook and proprietary email apps. Also include connector apps that integrate the software to even more apps and APIs that allow developers to integrate their own apps to the software. May also include integration to older versions of the software.
Mobility – rates if the software has a mobile platform and which mobile OS it supports. Attributes to watch include: apps for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry; mobile browser version; and specific mobile modules.
Ease-of-use – rates the level of difficulty in learning and using the software. Features to watch include: self-help tutorials; quick lookups; dashboard; drag-and-drop tools; intuitive behavior; search and data retrieval; formats and templates; and steps to perform a task.
Help & Support – rates the level of technical and customer support by vendor. Attributes to measure include: live support (chat); tickets; free and freemium support services; knowledge base support (PDF, recorded webinars, forum); and paid support plans.
Security – rates the software’s security infrastructure including the following features: enable/disable data access; password encryption; data backup; and official seals from reputable organizations that vouch for the software’s security.
Media Rating - averages the ratings by major review sites, such as: CNET, Gartner Vendor, MacWorld and PCMag.
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