Ease of Use. Price. ROI. Balance These Three for Technology Peace

I have been thoroughly impressed with how simple Box.net is to use. If you want to quickly share files, Box.net makes it very easy to do so. Beyond just sharing, Box.net is also extensively feature rich (for example it enables you to embed a list of files to share/access on your web site) with the features being easily accessible.
Microsoft Sharepoint is a very powerful application, but from what I understand it’s not easy to deploy and can be costly when you combine the license and installation/customization fees. Large corporations use it as they have the budgets to install it, need the robust features it indeed does have, and need the integration with Microsoft Office.
I was looking at a video from Box.net, which was all about how sharing should be simple and got to thinking that SIMPLICITY and EASY OF USE should be two very important parts of buying any technology.
Price is VERY important. But price should not be the most important consideration.
As you look to buy technology products for the growth of your business keep these things in mind:

Price: You need to buy within your budget but not pay less only to have to pay more in training, replacing the technology, or buying other technology to make up for the deficiency of the “cheap” technology, later on.
Ease of use: As smaller businesses you DO NOT have the luxury of spending hours and days getting technology to work or the money to hire someone every time you want to use new technology.
ROI: Ensure that you will get a reasonable return on your investment with EACH AND EVERY technology you buy. If the technology does NOT positively affect your bottom line, you don’t need it.
Of course other things are critical, such as getting buy in from employees, testing the technology, ensuring enough training is given and leaving room for growth (e.g., can that $4.99 per month payroll system help you when you reach 78 employees?).
Going back to Box.net, which I have used – the file sharing service is aggressively priced, feature rich and I was overwhelmed with how simple it was to use. Sharepoint is a great tool for larger businesses. But for smaller businesses there are simpler tools, specifically designed for smaller businesses.
Whether you’re buying an $800 server, $4.99/month payroll service or something other technology tool, keep these three points in mind.


About Ramon Ray

Ramon Ray, Marketing & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com & Infusionsoft. Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook

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  • Oliver Sinz

    i also think it is very important for small business owners to keep the roi in mind. it makes no sense to invest in software, outsourching or whatever if there is no return…

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    The basic lifestyle in all aspects of our daily lives, the type of housing, our transportation, fashion and entertainment all depend on technology. If we say that it is time the world has reached the pinnacle of progress in these areas, it is noteworthy that the only reason behind the development of technology. Nothing has actually remained the same since anime the impact of technology has taken over our lives. It was much better, easier and faster. After all when was the last time someone had the headache of the stairs of a ten story building, when technology has presented us with the modern lift service, this is just a common example of our daily activities .

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    There are several sites if you’re just looking to send or receive large files among friends. If you want to upload entire directories you’ll want to compress them into a single file using Winrar or Winzip. If its really big do a multi-part archive or use a program called “HJSplit”.

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    I would have to say price and ease of use would be what people are thinking about when they buy products. They want the best bang for their buck. It’s as simple as that.

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