You have decided it is time to move to the cloud. Now you need to choose cloud project management software. What should you be searching for? What factors should you be considering when you go to make your purchase?
Start by determining your budget, since this will help to narrow your choices. The problem you will encounter as you do so, however, is you must know certain things up front. Are you planning to sign up for a monthly cloud service or you want to choose a plan based on space limits? Many companies now offer a discount if you pay annually, and you may wish to consider this option. You may also want to see if there is room in your budget for added features, ones which will make the project run more smoothly.
Establish your goals. Figure out how many employees will be making use of the software and decide if you want your clients to have access to the system. If you wish to offer client access, figure out what you want them to be able to accomplish while using the system. In addition, check into which programs you want to integrate with the software to ensure they are compatible. With many software programs to select from, you are sure to find one that allows you to have everything you need at a reasonable price.
Another thing to look at when comparing programs is the messaging options. Can you send internal messages or do you receive an alert when new messages come in? You may also want to look for a program which allows you to send a message to everyone using the system. The more you can do with the system, the easier it will be to manage the project overall.
Once you have reduced your list to a few choices, you need to research the various programs in depth. See if they offer a trial period so you can test their program to ensure it meets your needs. Many providers now allow you to do this as they understand you have choices.
Finally, be sure to look into customer service. If you run into a problem, you should be able to receive help immediately. Otherwise, your clients may be affected and that is the last thing you want. Consider all and you are sure to get the right program the first time.