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Doing the Math: Which Business Programs are Worth the Expense?

A common question among business owners today, is whether business programs are actually doing more, and are they really worth the higher costs? It all depends what a business is trying to do, and what is its present platform. Likewise, where it hopes to go in short-term, mid-term and long-term projections are other valid issues.

Doing the Math Which Business Programs are Worth the Expense

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While some businesses do well with the latest Microsoft developments, others do not. When the first outbreak of computer viruses and hacking hit Windows XP back in early 2003, millions of consumers/users began a slow shift to other alternatives provided by open office environments and less expensive software developers. 

When several foreign governments canceled their Microsoft contracts, they shifted to Sun Microsystems and saved billions of dollars in the process. Evidently, they considered their national security and economy a more crucial matter than renewing their contract with the overpriced, vulnerability-prone Microsoft.

While many people think the world cannot exist without computers, the reality is that it’s the software that make things click. Moreover, it’s an established fact that software is in many cases simply overpriced.
Below are four examples of costly software packages and their approximate cost. While the figures have not been updated recently, one gets an idea of just how much improvement is happening.

Unreal Engine, $750,000

A gaming software, the full version makes this only useful for those who own their own company and/or are in this line of business. If this is the case, then the six-figure investment into Unreal Engine has a potential to make millions back to the business.
Adobe Acrobat Capture, $20,000

When it first came out in 1996, this software package was the most expensive software in existence. Its purpose was to convert huge volumes of scanned material into PDF files. Today it is much more affordable and available in many different platforms depending on the business.

CryEngine 3, $1.2 million

Possibly one of the most expensive gaming packages, it’s found in Microsoft Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 products. However, some gaming firms have happily opted for, and/or pirated, a free version for non-commercial game developers. Still more expensive, for certain products it has the capacity to blow up sales.

Adobe Font Folio 11.1, $9,000

While evidently Adobe hasn’t yet mastered its own Shockwave Flash plug-ins, the company has gotten together more than 2,400 fonts for a mere $9,000. Designed primarily for desk-top publishers, web/video content creators and web developers, users will find that pretty much everything they’ll need is in the package.

Acculynx Software

This software has been developed especially for construction and contract workers. Acculynx Construction Management Software works to organize estimates and help employees communicate faster and more quickly on the go from onsite work to office suppliers. The CRM for Contractors is priced according to the size and scope of the business. It has been a successful program in working to make contractors move more quickly through projects and connect with more business.

Commercially applicable software is expensive; however, there are plenty of equally good or nearly as good software programs on the market. Even so, some businesses may opt for higher priced software. It’s up to the business user to decide the real worth to their bottom line.

By Brooke Chaplan

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