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By Kathryn Foradori

If it’s not broken, why fix it? Software users often ask this very question when confronted with the possibility of outliving the supported lifetime of an application. After years of getting to know where everything is and how it works, change isn’t always easy. Let’s look at some of the top reasons for upgrading to keep your software versions current, even though they are working right now.

  • New features – expanded functionality that may be on your wishlist.
  • Troubleshooting assistance – ability to get support from software manufacturers when things go awry.
  • Product updates and bug fixes – ensure on-going security and reliability; even more essential for accounting-related software with continuous tax rate changes.
  • Compatibility with integrated solutions – exports, imports, web apps, and add-ons can allow you to use and share data more easily and effectively.
  • Smoother transitions – smaller steps more frequently require less adjustment to change. Bite-size upgrades are easier to swallow to diverse groups of users.
  • Upgrade on your terms – avoid high-stress situations when an upgrade is unavoidable and time-sensitive. Plan appropriately for testing, training, hardware requirements, and cashflow constraints.

Interested in learning more technology tips? Please contact Kathryn Foradori, one of our Schneider Downs Tech Advisors, at kforadori@schneiderdowns.com.

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