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New Software: Wait Before You Evaluate

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Late last week your office upgraded your main software. Now, it’s Monday morning, and you’re pulling your hair out, trying not to shout obscenities as you struggle to accomplish even the simplest of tasks.

But before you go badmouthing your new software, and requesting it be removed from your system (or the office entirely), try to give it at least a few days before you evaluate your software.

The Brain Trick

Our brains, in their infinite wisdom, always want to snap back to what’s familiar, at least initially. So when you first start using that new piece of software, it may send you signals about how difficult it is. It may even give you lots of reasons why you should go back to your old software. Don’t listen.

Instead, try to keep an open mind and remain judgment free, at least for a week or two. You should find that after even a day of using your new software, you’re a lot more comfortable with it, and therefore a lot less resistant.

If your brain is really making things difficult, try to seek comfort in the fact that you are learning something new, which is actually quite good for your brain, and remember that new skills take time to learn.

Keep Calm and Carry On

New software, even newer versions of the same software, often come with new tools and features. One of the easiest ways to reduce frustration when it comes to new software is to give yourself extra time when using it. Sure you could have gotten it done in 10 minutes using the old way, but think about how many hours you put into learning that system. The same holds true with the new software.

Giving yourself adequate time to use and learn your new software, along with reducing your expectations based upon past experiences, should go a long way to helping you enjoy the change.

Anytime new software is involved, there is always a learning curve. The important thing is to expect and understand this will happen, and not get frustrated when you can’t do something initially.

Over time, you’ll probably come to love your new software just as much as the old software it replaced, but you’ll never know how well it can work for you if you make snap decisions to remove it before you’ve even gotten a chance to use the software. When it comes to new software, do yourself a favor – wait before you evaluate – and you’ll be a lot happier with your experience in the long run.

Why You Shouldn’t Upgrade Your Software Too Soon

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While we are all about being early adopters of technology, you may not want to get to the party too early, particularly when it comes to your software.

Now, don’t get us wrong, you definitely want to upgrade your software, you just don’t want to do it too soon after it’s released. Here’s why.

Cost

Unless there’s a huge introductory sale, changes are new software is going to be more expensive when it first comes out. Try to wait if at all possible, and soon enough you’ll see the price begin to drop. Even waiting as little as six months can sometimes save you on the cost of your new software. Of course, the longer you wait, the more the price will drop. Just don’t wait too long or the software could be obsolete before you make your purchase.

It’s Buggy

With new software, or even new versions of existing software, there’s bound to be bugs. While software companies attempt to address known bugs prior to product launch, the reality is they just can’t catch them all. That’s why they are always releasing patches and service packs to update and fix found bugs. The longer you wait to purchase your software, the better your chances will be that they have addressed and secured any major bugs or security flaws.

Stuck In Between

Sometimes new software releases are complete duds. When this happens, particularly if the software was expensive enough, you may find yourself stuck with a piece of software that just doesn’t work. Or, you may find yourself seriously contemplating going back to the software you were using before, and just suffering with the known problems. To avoid the possibility of this happening, wait a little bit until super-users have had a chance to test and review the software. Then, read any reviews you can find, to have a better understanding of what you’re getting into before you make your purchase.

Compatibility Issues

New software can cause compatibility issues, particularly when your other software, or the devices you use, are older. While new software is often reverse-compatible, meaning it can read files from earlier versions, old software often has a hard time reading newer files, and some old software might not be able to read the files at all. When considering purchasing new software, take into consideration how you share files and with whom, and attempt to determine if these new files will cause any compatibility issues with other people or any older devices that may be used.

These are just a few reasons why you may not want to run right out and purchase the newest software the moment it’s available. But, this also doesn’t mean you should stay with your old software forever. Instead, strive to strike a balance to ensure that your tools are always up to date and that you and your staff always have what they need to maintain and increase efficiency and productivity.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who likes to help you help your business. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website:www.mybusinesswriter.com.