Software, Software Everywhere

Across almost every industry in the U.S., businesses both large and small are highly dependent on software technology to support their operations. Whether they are manufacturing a product, managing a sales force, invoicing a customer, or paying employees, more often than not software plays a major role in getting the job done. With the increasing amount of software technology, including third-party applications, databases, operating systems, websites, and propriety applications, one of the key challenges that companies face is how to manage and maintain all of this software, in many cases mission-critical software, in a cost-effective manner. For software and technology providers themselves, the increasingly competitive marketplace is making it important to not only provide a lower total cost of ownership but also be fast and efficient in improving products and expanding feature sets.

HIMSS14 Postmortem: From Shakedown to Shakeout

Like many of those in attendance, my post-HIMSS14 recovery weekend was spent on a variety of therapeutic activities such as spending time with family, attempting to work off one too many breakfast/lunch/happy hour/dinner/reverse happy hour meetings, and flipping through a stack of special edition publications picked up at the conference (thank you FedEx!). I also had time to reflect on some of the key conference takeaways that I wanted to discuss with my colleagues this week.

Nonprofit and Association Management Software

Associations are a relatively recession-resistant business, but as the professional labor force grows during economic recovery, professional and trade associations specifically need to be ready to engage potential new members who seek to advance their careers through membership. For national organizations, as opposed to state-level organizations, membership is voluntary, so these groups need sophisticated tools and technology, including social media, to continually attract and engage members, especially the younger generation of professionals, and fend off competition from for-profit entities who can also provide relevant content and experiences to members.

ERP Systems for the Manufacturing Sector

As the economy emerges from the recession, middle market manufacturing companies are growing and have built up demand for quality IT systems to give them the edge in being their sector’s low-cost providers and reducing delivery cycles. Established manufacturing-focused ERP software providers with proven solutions and strong customer support are well positioned to succeed in the next decade as the middle market manufacturing sector grows. Further, in the middle market, software providers with domain expertise in manufacturing have an edge on large vendors, such as SAP and Oracle, as their solutions are specialized for their customers’ niche processes, and they can better implement and respond to changes.