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099: The Benefits of Simple Guard Management Software

Apr 26, 2016 3:30:00 AM / by Chris Anderson

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There are several guard management software programs to choose from, but it's important to pick one that's going to be the best fit for your security guard company. A simple solution can offer several advantages over a complex solution for several reasons. 

Here's three reasons why you need a simple guard management software:

1. Simple software is easy to deploy

In the security industry you serve dozens industries and even more customers, all with different post requirements. You need simple software to make the time spent implementing as short as possible. In our experience, companies that choose complex software end up letting the solution drift to the back burner just because of the time it takes to get a single post setup. 

Let's be real, there are 1,000 things that can go wrong when you are managing a security operation. When you do have time to work on your business rather than in your business, you need to get the most out of it. Selecting a simple solution that is easy to setup will help you do just that. 

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2. Simple software is cost effective

Simple solutions are typically available at a lower cost, since you're not paying for features that you’re not using. Many guard management solutions boast features that are rarely going to be used while overlooking efficiency in some of the features that will be used every day. 

It's easy to get hung up on a flashy feature that’s only used 1% of the time. That feature needs to hold it’s proper weight in the procurement process.

Also, look for a pricing model that is tied to how much value your company receives from the product. Stay away from pricing models that price per guard, per user, or per property. You shouldn't have to pay more if you have two part-time officers rather than one full-time officer, right? 

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3. Simple software is Scalable

Simple guard management software can be much more scalable, since you don't have to run everything through an IT department or administractive assistant.  You can have account managers actually setting up and managing the software on a site-by-site basis.

The faster the software is deployed, the faster you get a return on your investment. If it takes 3-6 months just to deploy the software, you’ve taken on a huge cost upfront.  

You also don’t have to go on a site-by-site basis, you can deploy the software across your entire operation which makes your whole company more efficient. 

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Chris Anderson

Written by Chris Anderson

Chris is the Founder of Silvertrac Software and has been working in the security industry for more than 25 years. He enjoys working with our clients everyday to help them grow their businesses and really enjoy what they are doing.

Chris currently lives and works in Seal Beach, CA.

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