Prior to choosing a Management of Change software solution, it's a good idea to evaluate 3-5 different types of software. For an accurate side-by-side comparison of MOC software, apps, and vendors, consider the factors listed below.
Inevitably, cost is a key factor in selecting a management of change software solution. It's common for software vendors to break their costs into three components:
- Implementation fees, which cover initial setup of the software, migration of existing data, and user training
- Tech support fees, which cover chatting, e-mailing, and calling the software company's support line to receive assistance in using the software and app
- Recurring license fees, which cover usage of the software and app and both minor and major updates
Ease of use
Management of change software should be intuitive and easy-to-use. Software and apps that are difficult to use are less likely to be accepted and used properly by employees, which can cause a host of expensive problems.
How effectively does the MOC software fit your needs and solve your problems? Many management of change software solutions come with lots of "bells and whistles" that look nice, but often make the software overly complex and difficult to navigate. Keep sight of the specific problem(s) you need help addressing when choosing the best option for your company.
How configurable is the MOC software solution out-of-the-box? If the management of change software can't be easily configured out of the box, how much will the customization you need cost?
How well will the management of change software integrate with your existing systems, such as your single-sign-on (SSO) solution, SAP system, etc.
Is it important for your users to be able to access the management of change software while they're in the field? If yes, a mobile application that supports the MOC platform will be important.
How does the software company secure your data and protect its privacy? Management of change software that doesn't use the latest information security practices and technology could place your company's data at risk.
Are the vendor's tech support hours consistent with when your users will need help? How can you access tech support (by chat, phone, and/or e-mail)? Are the tech support personnel knowledgeable on the subject matter their software is helping you address? When a software vendor is difficult to contact, questions and concerns may build up to the point at which the management of change software becomes difficult or impossible to use. And a software vendor who lacks subject matter expertise will be less likely to provide the reliable tech support you need to maintain compliance.
How long has the management of change software vendor been in business? Does the company have experience in your industry and/or in solving your specific needs?
At Ecesis, we make management of change software and an app that's cost-effective, user-friendly, secure, easy to integrate, and fully configurable. We've been helping EHS professionals work smarter since 1993, and our tech support is the best in the business!
Please note that our management of change software and app can be used by municipalities, and across a variety of industries, including: mining, oil and gas, manufacturing, food and beverage, construction, petrochemicals, healthcare, and higher education.