Guidance and tools


Digital technology can help grow your business. Whether you’re taking your first step or next step, our guidance section includes resources to help you: work out what’s right for your business; adopt new ways of working; and learn how digital has helped businesses like yours.

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6 steps to choosing software

Digital technologies can help your business grow. Our 6 steps will steer you through the buying process, so you can make the right choice.

Step 1: Set objectives for new software

Before you think about which software to buy, you need to know what problems you want it to solve. Work out why you’re buying it and what you want it to achieve.

Step 2: Write your requirements list

Use our checklist to draw up a list of the features you need software to have. This will help you compare products and choose the right one for you.

Step 3: Calculate your software budget

Use our checklists to help you understand the potential financial benefits and savings, plus the financial costs, you need to consider before buying.

Step 4: Buy software with confidence

Once you know what you can spend on new software, it’s time to talk to suppliers, get quotes and trial some products. Find out the questions to ask and what to watch out for.

Step 5: Make new software work for your team

There are lots of potential challenges when introducing new technology into your business. Here are some tips to help ensure that getting buy-in from your team isn’t one of them.

Digital rollout: to 1 person or a small team

Find out how to introduce new software to one person, or a team of fewer than 5. Use our action plan to help you achieve a smooth digital rollout.

Digital rollout: to a single team

Find out how to achieve a digital rollout of new software to a specialised team, and how this can affect the other departments in your business. Our action plan will help you take it one step at a time.

Digital rollout: to several teams

Explore how to introduce new software to several departments across your business. Use our action plan to help you manage a smooth digital rollout.

Digital rollout: to all teams

Find out how to introduce new software that will affect all teams in your business. Use our action plan to help you achieve a smooth digital rollout.

What is digital readiness for software?

Considering adopting new software? First you need to know what digital readiness is, why you need to know, and how to assess your level of readiness.

What type of software training is right for your business?

When it comes to software training, it’s important to understand your options before choosing the right one for your business

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