As business and technology grows, so does the apps employees use. Business decision makers need to review and re-evaluate they company’s technology stacks, so they can consider new tools to invest in to better serve the business function.
The tech stack usually consists of the apps and pieces of software that the company uses to build its products to carry out its business’s operations. It also can include the programming languages used to create a web or mobile application, either front-end or back-end.
Many companies leverage numerous apps in its technology stacks. Before revamping or building a brand-new tech stack, make sure an audit takes place.
There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to platform needs, according to Hubspot. Each company has their own unique goals offerings and challenges.
Auditing tech stacks on a regular basis is recommended because there’s always new apps and updates being launched every day.
By reviewing apps, business leaders can discover ways to:
- Save time
- Save money
- Consolidate apps
- Maintain data
When auditing a tech stack, make sure to consider all the tools the company needs to run effectively, such as the content management system the website is built on, and the IT, data, and configuration management tools.
Instead of focusing on the app itself, focus on the business process connected to each app.
Get input from stakeholders, app users, and colleagues around the office. Directors, team leads, individual contributors who use the apps daily should be involved.
You might want to ask questions like:
- What are the business processes?
- What are all the apps each team uses to complete daily tasks?
- What is the business impact of each app? How does each app impact employee efficiency and customer experience?
- How integrated is the app in the business operation? Is it used every day? Or not at all?
- How much would it cost to move to a different system?
- Does the app have the potential to meet more than one need? If so, which needs?
Before business leaders add new apps to team workflows, be sure to know the tools the business uses. Keep track of all the apps and tools in a spreadsheet, so it will be easier to review as time and technology moves on.