Consulting Services

As mentioned on the home page, there are many inefficient and outdated systems out there: the original system never precisely met the business needs, and is even worse now, systems that have grown without proper planning, and ones where the business needs have changed, but the system hasn’t.

There are as many reasons for this as there are computer systems, but some of the most common are:

Lack of resources to develop and maintain a system

Systems designed by people who didn’t really understand the business

Miscommunication between IT and Management

Not understanding just how important a good system is

Not understanding how employees can best do their job

Addressing any of these issues requires a person who can get to the bottom of why a system is not up to par and can then come up with affordable ways of taking the system to the required level. Auto-Mate can do just that.

There are also businesses that have never had a computer system. Some believe that their business cannot afford the cost, while others don’t have the knowledge and don’t know a place they can trust to get it. There are cases where the cost is not justified, but with hardware prices dropping and the advantages of being computerized, they are few and far between. If you don’t know where to turn, we’d like to suggest Auto-Mate Software.

When considering either a new system or changes to an existing one, many factors need to be taken into account. Of course a business must be able to pay for the system or the changes. Some people will stop at this point. Looking at the “up front” cost and comparing it with the savings “down the road” can show a very different picture.

If a piece of equipment costing $10,000 can save 2 hours per day of a $25,000 per year employee, most companies will look at the less than 2 year pay back as an easy choice. Does it make a difference if that piece of equipment is a copier that collates and staples or a new/redesigned computer system? We have found savings like that for many clients.

There are few systems or businesses that can’t benefit from an experienced “new set of eyes”. However, there are cases where that is true. Should we find that you do have a well designed system, or that a $500 off-the-shelf program will do the job, we’ll be happy to tell you so!

We offer a free initial consultation (except for reasonable travel expenses if you’re a long ways from Vermont) to see if our services might work for you. 

Please contact us if you’d like more information.

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