Business Challenges Small/Medium Business Challenges Small and Essay
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Small/Medium Business Challenges
Small and medium sized businesses produce most of the revenue in the United States and they account for more jobs than the largest corporations. Yet there are challenges that these companies face that set them apart from their larger competitors. The fact that a business is small makes it difficult to maintain growth, and it is also difficult for these types of businesses to maintain the employees that they have trained. Large competitors can poach trained employees that are valuable to any organization, but can be essential to a small business. Another issue if the fact that small and medium sized businesses sometimes operate with financial margins that can be incredibly tight. This means that upgrading to new software and hardware necessary for the business can be a challenge. The many difficulties that these types of companies face are somewhat mitigated by helps that are available from nonprofits and the government, but, in the end, it has to be the managers and executives of the business that see to the continued development of the company. This paper discusses how small and medium businesses manage software developments and changes that can affect their companies.
Software is always changing because better ways to perform a function are always being discovered. Also, these changes are brought about because developers find more efficient methods of performing functions that are essential. For example, word processing programs, produced by different companies, have gone through massive changes in the past two decades. Whereas the software was only able to perform the most rudimentary functions at first, they can now be used to manipulate any type of document in any form imaginable. That is the challenge of the software develop; to make the program more effective, while keeping it as operator friendly as possible. The problem is that even with something as simple as this, an upgrade costs money every time a new one comes out. But, the business must weigh the expenditure vs. The cost saved by the efficiency of the new operation. Whereas the upfront cost may not be egregious to a large company, it just might be prohibitive for a small or medium sized one. However, these companies also cannot afford to fall behind their competitors in efficiency or they could lose customers.
One great example of this problem is an expensive software program such as that which controls CNC machines. Machining, no matter what the material or the product, is a difficult and time consuming process when done by hand. However, CNC allows machinists…
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