I was just talking earlier with a supplier for one of my other online businesses. The young guy was proudly going through the notes that he and his colleagues had on us.
I asked him what system he was using. Turns out it was a “customised solution” done recently for their medium sized business (23 employees TO approx £7m pa).
Cost: £28,000 (That’s about $40)
The astonishing thing is that they could have got more or less exactly the same features – in fact probably more functionality – by using an online tool like Dooster
Now we are reasonably cheap (eg $9.97 for up to 15 projects) but any of the competition – even Basecamp which charges a lot at c $40 / month – would represent a huge saving for that business
They could have used Dooster for about 500 years for that £28k.
I was too polite to say anything.
I know the company owner who no doubt made the decision. He knows very little about computers or the internet. In fact only a couple of years ago he insisted his staff share one email address between them. Access to the internet was very restricted because he had read somewhere that people spend all day looking at facebook.
Poor guy wandered out of that cave straight into the arms of a slick software salesman.
Unfortunately I never mentioned Dooster to him – it was a work in progress until fairly recently.
The interesting thing is how many other business people like him are still making software purchase decisions based on such a limited knowledge of what’s now available.