Computer systems are a familiar sight in any office environment, and even at home we have access to at least one computer in the household! Whether you use a Windows PC, an Apple Mac or some other variant, computer systems are part and parcel of everyday life in the 21st century. For businesses, computer systems have been a godsend. They enable them to automate many time-consuming tasks, and, as a result, boost their productivity and efficiency. So it comes as no surprise that all modern firms own an array of computer systems for their employees to utilise during their working days. Image Source Of course, computer systems are only useful to people if they have the right software installed on them. For example, you wouldn’t want to pay for an expensive image editing program such as Adobe Photoshop if all you do is write documents all day long! In today’s blog post, I explore the reasons why it is important that your business has the right software installed on its computer systems. The right tools for the job I know I am stating the obvious here, but having the right software installed on your computer means that you do your work efficiently. I’ve seen many examples in the past where employees had to use outdated, slow and buggy software that slowed their day down considerably. But had their employers invested in new computer systems and the latest software available, their productivity would have increased at least tenfold! There are some settings where having the right tools for the job is a necessity, rather than an option. In the legal industry, some lawyers also work as compliance officers. Their job is to ensure nothing dodgy is going on within their law firm, or that continual mistakes are not being made by others. Those guys use specific legal compliance software to help them with their duties as compliance officers. Technical support Another key factor in choosing the right software for your business is the peace of mind knowing that help is available when you need it. Not all software vendors provide sufficient technical support, and the ones that do can sometimes charge a hefty premium because they know not many people have the right level of skill to diagnose and resolve problems with their proprietary software. When you choose software for your computer systems, you need to find out whether that software is easy to manage and maintain, and that it comes with affordable yet effective technical support in case you need it. In most cases, you probably won’t need to use the technical support, but it’s good to know that it is there if you do. Licensing Not many business owners realise this, but there are circumstances where they might be using their software illegally. Some software licences allow users to install applications on two computers, but they cannot be run simultaneously. Make sure that you understand the terms of any software licence agreements, and purchase the correct amount of software licences for your firm.