Over and over, the same tactical benefits are touted and these vendors all start to blend together. And with the advances in technology, many of the really good and grounded nonprofit software companies offer products that are similar in nature, with similar features.
So, so how does the management team of any social service agency decide on the right vendor to overhaul their IT infrastructure?
Our advice – look for the software expert who will provide you with strategic value so you can incorporate the benefits their solution into your agency’s mission.
What does that Mean?
Many software vendors will explain that their product will:
- Be Easy-to-Use
- Make You More Productive
- Increase Your Efficiency
- Be Easily Integrated
- Save You Time
But most software products that are customizable and specifically created for the social services industry will do these things. There is usually a difference in the quality of support, training, and implementation but the products from quality software companies have a lot of the same benefits and share the same features.
You want to look for the nonprofit software vendor that will demonstrate how their software will bring a strategic value to your organization.
That value can be a part of your plan to sell your IT upgrade to a board or to stakeholders. It can be applied to your near- and long-term plan for growth. It can be used to allow you to see the bigger picture for your agency and plan accordingly. For example, your new system would allow you to think in terms of and plan for gaining the strategic benefits of:
- Business Advantages
- Cultural Improvements
- Financial Returns
Your new software provider and new plan should be able to help you be flexible for agency growth; allow for an increase in services being offered; improve service quality; improve teamwork, collaboration, and staff retention; maintain a healthy cash flow; improve competitiveness for contracts; bring a return on investment and more.
Strategic value leads to better business decisions for your nonprofit agency. It allows you to serve people and serve more of them over a longer period of time. Sure, role-based reports are great to have – but that is a tactical benefit. It’s what you do with the report information that will allow you to make better decisions for your organization.
Vertex Systems provides you with a qualified needs-analysis and a strategic plan to help your agency grow and thrive and not just survive. We make sure you have everything you need to ensure your goals are reached and we do not simply promise that productivity will be improved and money will be saved.
From the moment you begin talking with us, we dig deep to discover what your needs and goals are. We make sure you have all the tools at your disposal, as well as a qualified plan specific to your mission.
Beware of software vendors who are not ready or willing to become your partner to help you succeed. Beware of those who hand you an off-the-shelf product, give you a slap on the back and a “Good luck!” as they push you on your way.
What About the Tactical Benefits?
Don’t get us wrong – we will provide you with customized products based solely on your agency needs that will solve those tactical problems.
We will provide you with technology designed specifically for organizations that serve those with disabilities that will eliminate redundant data entry, improve efficiency, improve productivity, reduce cost, increase revenue, boost staff morale, increase client satisfaction, keep you compliant and remove your fears of DOL audits.
We have over 400 installations, in over 35 states, over the past 30 years. We know and understand the needs of the human services industry. And we’ve created solutions that address your fears and needs, based on feedback and input from professionals like you.
But we go the extra mile by providing the strategic vision that your organization needs to truly make a difference. And keep making it.
Contact us at 866-981-2600 for a no-obligation conversation to see how Vertex is different.
Also, we’ve just released a few new whitepapers on helping nonprofit execs make strategic planning decisions on IT. Check them out!
About Vertex Systems, Inc.
Vertex Systems is a leading provider of software and support solutions for social service nonprofits that serve people with disabilities. Vertex Systems software helps human service agencies be more efficient and effective, provide quality information for better decision-making, and stay compliant with regulators and accrediting bodies. For 30 years, Vertex Systems has offered field-proven solutions that provide accurate electronic documentation solutions to help streamline the processes at over 450 agencies.
They offer case management, attendance, financial management, manufacturing management, service billing, and client payroll management software systems. Vertex Systems also provides an enterprise solution that connects all the modules together to improve teamwork, increase accuracy, and reduce steps to save time and save money for agencies that serve those with disabilities.
Visit Vertex Systems software for more information about our state-of-the-art solutions for agencies that serve persons with disabilities and barriers to employment.