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Why can’t we just use software as software?

March 31, 2009

Unlike driving a car or doing Internet banking or searching using Google – which are all straightforward and fairly “idiot proof” applications, most software is clunky and  have many hidden costs that we don’t realize until it’s too late. In fact using software is a misnomer because we end up spending a lot more money, time and effort on the hardware and the backing up and firewalls etc.  Why can’t we just use software as software?

Today I cannot imagine our lives without Internet banking, but imagine if the banks said, “to do Internet banking you need a server and a firewall and software and hardware and an IT technician at home.” No one would do it. We work for money yet today we rarely see that money we work for. From our employer it gets remitted electronically to the bank. We then use Internet banking  or a credit / debit / charge card or check to move that money. Rarely do we use cash anymore. That’s the true genius of the banking system. It has taken out all the complexity of  managing your money and made it simple, convenient and  cheap to use.

In the same vein, this is what is all about.  Schools need to embrace technology to become more efficient and what ERP systems are to manufacturing companies, SMS (school management software) is to schools. is truly offering the market,  software as software.  Just like the bank where you trust them with information about your money, Quickschools takes care of all the information for your school. All you need is a computer with Internet access and you are in.

And just like Internet banking – where the banks have made it so intuitive and easy to use (I know  you and I didn’t ask the bank to give us training before we started using internet banking), goal is to deliver software that will give an experience just like Internet banking. You sign in and you will know exactly what to do. Why shouldn’t it be?

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