How do you find new tools for business? Most of the time, companies rely on experts to supply their tools. If you need a continuity tester or a power meter, do you check with anyone on your team to see if they can build one or do you go to a trusted supplier? A trusted supplier, right?
What about bigger pieces of equipment, like a line layer? Do you buy one that, with a little modification, might get the job done for now? Or do you invest in a piece of equipment that will easily serve your current needs and those you expect based on the growth of your business? When it comes to traditional tools, most successful companies invest wisely by purchasing equipment and tools produced and supported by experts.
In many cases, the same is not true when investing in software tools. Instead, they may choose to build in-house, buy a monolithic solution that covers most of their needs, and then build from there, or maybe some combination of these two.
Quality is the best business plan. – John Lasseter
Start By Knowing What You Need
The first step is to understand what your business needs. Software solutions exist for every aspect of business:
- Resource planning (ERP)
- Customer relationship management (CRM)
- Inventory tracking
- Financial modeling
- Project management
- Business intelligence
Monolithic solutions provide companies with standard functions but cannot meet many industry-specific needs. Building in-house may seem like a cost-effective solution at first. However, in-house builds often result in a less than first-class result and take much longer to complete. In the end, since the tool is 100% custom, it is difficult to integrate it with new solutions – which quickly render it obsolete.
There is A Better Way
Best in breed solutions developed by field and technology experts are emerging as the best solution for many businesses. These tools are created based on industry experience and deep technical knowledge to ensure that data security and protections are never compromised.
Rely on experts who understand the importance of adhering to industry policies and guidelines and who can evaluate your current processes and help you move toward greater efficiency and effectiveness in your business.
True intuitive expertise is learned from prolonged experience with good feedback on mistakes. – Daniel Kahneman
Active Oversight is Best in Breed
Active Oversight was built by wireless telecom construction experts to serve our industry. We have combined the best technology available with deep industry expertise to create a solution that meets your business and budgetary needs.
Active Oversight balances vision and purpose to maintain iterative growth. We rely on generative research, including:
- Specific product conversions
- Testing and prototyping
- Customer involvement
Gathering this information allows us to focus on excellence within our given purpose. We frequently meet as cross-functional teams and have found the best product management ideas are just as likely to come from a product manager as a designer. By involving all stakeholders, both internally and externally, we drive a new level of ownership, energy, and engagement.
With new ideas flowing freely, the best way to get improvements into the field is through automated testing and continuous delivery. AO is not holding back the latest developments; instead, we get them out to our users as quickly as possible so that we can begin monitoring their effectiveness in the field.
Imagine what it would be like to suggest an improvement to a tool and then wake a few weeks later to find that your suggestion had been implemented and was available for use without any more work on your part? What if you realized that your line layer could really use a different style of grips and they suddenly appeared on the machine –ready to go.
That is what rapid iteration and continuous delivery provide for Active Oversight customers.
Instead of trying to manage a build in-house, or buying a one-size-fits-all solution, invest in a tool that answers your specific need for quality and process management. Active Oversight gives every member of your team access to streamlined project tasks, easy data uploads, centralized data storage, automated notifications, and reliable project status.
We are always improving so that you can focus on making what you do best, even better.