Do you think of your business software as a cost or as an investment?

Business SoftwareYour business software is the central nervous system of your business. Whilst you are ‘in the battle’ running your business, it can be difficult to step back and see the big picture. After all, if everything is working and it isn’t broken – why fix it?

The challenge is that there are significant hidden costs in legacy software that you may not be aware of.

In a recent survey, 90% of business owners said that old business systems are stopping them from benefiting from modern digital technologies that they need to become more efficient and expand their businesses.

Are your competitors investing in new systems and offering enhanced levels of customer service?

Is your business falling behind in the race?

Many companies don’t consider the cost of:

Keeping old systems up to date

You can keep an old car running for years, but is it safe? One day you will break down in the pouring rain, on the motorway. At some point, the answer is to get a new car and it is the same with software.

You can patch up your old system and keeping it running, but it is only when you experience the power and performance of a new computer system that you look back and think: “Why didn’t we do this before?”

Adding new integrations

Getting your software to ‘talk to’ third party applications used to be a nightmare. If you have a modern system, this is less likely to be a challenge.

Locked up data

Old legacy systems are difficult to access. There is an incredible amount of useful data in there, but you just can’t reach it. Modern systems, on the other hand, are much more accessible.

This means that you will will be better informed about your business, can make better decisions and serve your customers even better.

Support issues

Gradually, solving problems in old systems becomes harder and more expensive, doesn’t it? At some stage, the whole thing may fall over.  What effect would this have on your business?

People costs

Old systems have a dwindling pool of experts.

On the other hand, new software such as that offered by Sharp-aX comes with a dedicated team of professionals who are ready and waiting to help you.

Strategic risk

How old is your system?  Five years?  Seven years?  Ten years or perhaps even older? Many years of quick fixes, ad hoc maintenance and changes may have made the software unstable.

Why do successful companies change their software every few years?  Are you putting your business at risk?

It is not unusual for two thirds of IT budgets to be spent on keeping old computer systems gasping along.

With the right supplier, changing your computer system is a straightforward project. At Sharp-aX, we take a methodical, step by step approach to planning and implementing new systems for our clients every month.

Old legacy systems are a cost which will probably get higher each and every year. A new computer system is an investment in the future success of your business.

Why not do it now? Call us for a no obligation demonstration or visit our offices and meet the team – we are here to help.

Sharp-aX Computer Systems: 01442 505950


Posted: 4th July 2017

Posted in: Sharp-aX

Customer Feedback

"The installation has gone very well, and it has saved us a lot of time and made us more efficient especially on the sales desk. We plan to grow the system over the next few years as the company grows"

Mark Slater, Manager
M&S Distributors

"I have worked closely with the Sharp-Ax Web Development Team for more than 4 years now. When we first started working together, I was incredibly green and had little knowledge of how to go about creating a website.

Sharp-Ax were incredibly patient and helped me through the early stages, quickly earning my trust and respect.

Throughout the process they have come up with some truly innovative solutions to tasks I have set and have worked with me to achieve a platform that I am very happy with.

I would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone that is looking to either start a website from scratch or are looking to move their business. It sounds corny Jean, Manish and the rest of the team do actually prioritise the customer experience, which in this day and age is refreshing"

Gary Sanderson
Metro Fixings

Skilled, reliable, and excellent customer care

"I've been working closely with the web team at Sharp Ax now for over two years, and during that time they have always been thoroughly professional, reliable and most importantly, very good at what they do.

Our site has gone through strength to strength since we went live around 18 months ago, and it has now become a vital part of our business. We regularly receive glowing compliments about the layout and usability of our website from customers and suppliers, and while I would love to be able to take the credit for it, this is largely down to the website template and CMS, which is simple and easy to use.

As with all tech installations you may get the odd hiccup or something may not integrate seamlessly with your own system at first, but the best thing about Sharp Ax is that any problem is fixed quickly and with the minimum of fuss. It is clear that they prioritise customer satisfaction, which is refreshing to see from a tech company.

I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone and I look forward to continuing a strong working relationship moving forward"

Mark Collins
TC Fixings

"We had a big increase in our daily workload as we set up the new system. Our software problems proved to be minimal though and Sharp-aX came to our aid whenever required, so we were able to move forward with total confidence"

Dave Mansfield, Senior Systems and Network Administrator
Apex Grange Ltd

"We wanted to set the company up for the next 15 years with a totally modern Microsoft windows system that has everything we need and all the features that we will need as we grow, and is easy to use. Already it is like having another member of staff and we have all the daily knowledge we need at our fingertips. The sales order processing is splendid"

Simon Carter, Company Manager
Carter Mason Electrical Ltd

"I've looked at different systems and picked Sharp-Ax from Sharp-aX Computer Systems, because it used all modern windows techniques and was by far the best I saw; they are very experienced in electrical wholesalers systems and while they are a large software house which is reassuring, you are still treated as important, whatever size you are"

Jon Bishop, Branch manager
Connect Electrical