So, you’ve made the decision to stop using paper forms and modernize your firm’s field safety inspection management processes, and you need to pick out a software platform. But how do you know which one is best for your company’s needs?
**Pro tip: automatically choosing the cheapest option is almost always a mistake.**
We’re here to help with our new Buyer’s Guide to Safety & Inspection Software delivering practical advice on how to choose a safety and inspection management software platform – check out our sneak peek below.
What to look for
You’ll want to take an analytical approach when considering your choices. Cost matters, of course, but making it the deciding (or only) factor can leave you with a platform that causes more problems than it solves.
For example, say you decide to go with fillable PDFs because they’re the least expensive option. You’ve solved the initial issue of cost, but are likely to spend more in the long run making up for PDF shortcomings, like data collected in fillable PDFs is neither easily shared nor validated. You end up with the same problems you started with, plus one more – you’ve wasted time and resources on a solution that doesn’t do what you need it to.
To see real improvements, your field safety inspection management platform needs to:
- Make safety and inspection processes more efficient.
- Make your safety and inspection data useful to more people once it’s collected.
- Make the results of your processes clearer and more easily available.
In other words, your solution needs to simplify (and in other ways improve) how your workforce approaches safety and performs inspections. You also want it to interfere with business operations as little as possible while showing the maximum amount of value.
To learn more about the factors you should consider when choosing a safety and field inspection software platform, including what functionality the software should provide in data collection, reporting, workflows, process improvement and more, download our free Guide today.