3 Ways to Dig Yourself Out of Business App Hell
We’ve all heard the saying that “more isn’t always better,” an adage that rings true in a variety of scenarios. In a digital business world, where there seems to be a different app available to solve every individual problem, this saying couldn’t be more true. After all, there’s only so much bandwidth in a typical workweek. Utilizing a large number apps— even under the umbrella of “productivity”— to solve each separate challenge that presents itself during one’s normal day-to-day can be inefficient, ineffective and frankly, overwhelming. Are you in business app hell?
For many companies, and more specifically, their employees that make the wheels of their organization turn, this can be a difficult problem to shake. The latest and greatest solution to the variety of problems that pop up during the day can make downloading a number of apps tempting. That is, until you realize you have multiple chat apps. An app for projects. An app for email. An app for storing files. An app for collaboration. And on, and on, and on.
With these apps come their own sets of problems. Rogue use— or app downloads that aren’t uniform across the organization, security concerns, multiple logins, cost, and more. So how can you ensure that you don’t accidentally bury yourself in a sea of apps, many of which will eventually go unused?
— Look for apps that do more for less
Look for solutions that will allow you to accomplish multiple functions within a single platform. The benefit? Less logins to remember, accounts to manage, siloed information and often, less of a time cost to you. Just as important, when the cost of using all of these apps together is added up, the spend can be surprisingly high. Utilize apps that have a wide range of functionality, solve a spectrum of problems and that can save your company money.
— Don’t get shiny object syndrome
New apps are created all the time, each with the goal of solving problems more quickly, smarter and more efficiently. Especially if you’re a tech lover, this can be a particularly tough thing to do. Now, we’re not saying not to try out new solutions. But ask yourself “Is this an app that’s actually going to make my life easier, help me to be more productive and more, not just be another login in 2 months?”
— Think in terms of outcomes
Especially in the workplace, an app should solve multiple problems for you, especially if you’re investing the time and money to utilize it. Apps should be a means of making you more productive, more efficient and better enabled to reach the goals that you and your company are striving toward. In other words, if the apps you’re using are inefficient in the grand scheme of things or causing you to spend increased time digging through siloes to find information, they’re not truly helping you to focus on goals (or as we call it, an “Outcome-driven Methodology”).
By ensuring you’re thinking about every task and project— including the use of apps— through the lens of accomplishing outcomes, weighing true value and doing more for less, you’ll be better equipped to be more effective, both within your role and as a company.
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