Posted by aionol | 17 NOV 2017

3 Common Reasons Solutions End Up As Shelfware

Shelfware refers to underused application software that is shelved for various reasons. Organizations order software for specific uses and then shelf it for these reasons: 1. The Software Becomes Obsolete Many solutions become obsolete because they are not suitable for the fast pace of change in IT. Physical appliances in cloud data centers is a typical example […]

Shelfware refers to underused application software that is shelved for various reasons.

Organizations order software for specific uses and then shelf it for these reasons:

1. The Software Becomes Obsolete

Many solutions become obsolete because they are not suitable for the fast pace of change in IT. Physical appliances in cloud data centers is a typical example of applications that cannot be re-deployed in virtual environments.

Upscaling such solutions could potentially mean losing history, changing the installation, or requiring a new integration – making it more practical to shelf these solutions and start with a more current solution.

When the use case that this software was designed for becomes obsolete or is used infrequently, it is likely for the solution to end up unused.

3 Common Reasons Solutions End Up As Shelfware

Common Reasons Solutions End Up As Shelfware

2. Over-Complicated Solutions

When a solution is too complex, only a restricted group of users ends up using it. When this solution is no longer mission-critical, your team is likely to move on to a more user-friendly solution.

3. Focused On A Single Project Or Person

When a solution is purchased for a specific project, there is a huge risk that the solution is no longer used when the project has been released.

Likewise, when a solution is used by a single person, there is strong chance no one will pick up on the functions of the solution when this person is moved to another role or moves on to a different company.

Keep these common pitfalls in mind when signing up with a cloud service provider.

Contact us to find out how we can help your organization avoid these common shelfware problems.

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