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Atoba Longkumer
Founder – Tabernacle; the Go-to-Software for Churches

In the 1980’s, Steve Jobs talked about what a computer really is – “A Bicycle for the Mind.”

Computers are fantastic at optimization & coordination but only if the investment is made to create or adapt to a software that solves it. Integrating software into the workplace has evolved from the basic need and curse of every office – reducing, manipulating, and storing written information. What software does is it extends people’s ability from merely what they can keep in their minds to suddenly far more expansive.

In today’s fast-paced business environment, the ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and customer needs is critical for any business’s success. This requires an organization to have a technology infrastructure that is both robust and flexible, allowing them to respond to customer demands and internal challenges with agility and speed.

A successful business or organization must be able to efficiently manage day-to-day operations, and this is only possible with a technology-backed ecosystem. This ecosystem should include a range of tools and solutions that enable an organization to automate routine tasks, streamline workflows, and provide real-time insights into business operations. There are numerous software solutions available to businesses, each with its own set of features and benefits. Some of which are:

1. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software: This software is used to manage interactions with customers and leads. It helps businesses to track customer data, improve communication, automate processes, and analyze customer behavior.

2. Accounting software: This software is used to manage financial transactions, track income and expenses, and generate financial reports. It helps businesses to manage finances accurately and efficiently.

3. Human Resource Management (HRM) software: This software is used to manage employee data, payroll, benefits, and performance reviews. It helps businesses to streamline HR processes and manage human resources effectively.

4. Project management software: This software is used to manage projects, track tasks, assign roles and responsibilities, and monitor progress. It helps businesses to keep projects on track and ensure timely completion.

5. Marketing automation software: This software is used to automate marketing tasks, such as lead generation, email marketing, and social media marketing. It helps businesses to improve their marketing efforts and increase conversions.

6. Data analytics software: This software is used to analyze data and gain insights into business performance, customer behavior, and market trends. It helps businesses to make data-driven decisions and improve business outcomes.

7. Supply Chain Management (SCM) software: This software is used to manage the flow of goods and services, from raw materials to finished products. It helps businesses to optimize their supply chain, reduce costs, and improve delivery times.

8. Inventory Management Software: This software is used to manage inventory levels, track stock movements, and monitor stock levels. It helps businesses to avoid stockouts and optimize inventory levels, reducing the risk of overstocking.

9. E-commerce platforms: These software solutions are used to manage online sales channels, such as websites, marketplaces, and social media platforms. They help businesses to sell products and services online and manage online transactions.

10. Content Management Systems (CMS): This software is used to manage digital content, such as web pages, blogs, and social media posts. It helps businesses to create and publish content quickly and easily, improving their online presence and customer engagement.

11. Church Management Software (ChMS): This software is designed specifically for churches and other religious organizations to manage member information, donations, streamline their administrative processes and improve communication with members. It can also help churches to manage their finances, track donations, and generate reports.

A decade back, Marc Andreessen wrote the famous essay, “Why Software is eating the world” where he said, “Six decades into the computer revolution, four decades since the invention of the microprocessor, and two decades into the rise of the modern Internet , all of the technology required to transform industries through software finally works and can be widely delivered at a global scale”.

Today hundreds and thousands of lines of code are still revamping industry dynamics and disruption has even accelerated given wider cloud adoption. Every company is software intensive, according to Arun Batchu, senior director analyst in Gartner’s Software Engineering practice. That means, “if they do not have a software strategy, then they will not be able to compete in the world and eventually kind of fade out.”

Software can offer several advantages to businesses and organizations, including time-saving benefits for employees who can focus on more critical tasks while automation takes care of repetitive administrative duties. Automation can operate faster than humans and can work around the clock without breaks. It also improves efficiency by adhering to specific rules, reducing the possibility of errors. While humans may be required to find solutions for exceptional situations, automation can learn from manual processes and adapt to similar situations in the future. Standardizing business processes reduces the risk of errors, while automation reduces the odds of human errors occurring, leading to significant cost savings. With automation tools performing tasks faster, productivity increases, allowing employees to work on non-automated tasks in parallel.

The decision to “Think Software” is crucial for leaders across various organizations both in government & nongovernmental sectors to stay relevant and updated with the changing times. The world is evolving at a rapid pace, and technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate. As such, leaders must be proactive in adapting to technology tools to meet the new demands of the ever-changing landscape.

(Tabernacle is a technology startup based in Nagaland that specializes in cloud-based Church Management Software)

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