Many companies today are highly specialized, from auto mechanics to home contractors to staffing agencies. “That’s all we do,” they say, whether it’s repairing foreign cars or rehabbing 1920s Craftsman bungalows.
From the company’s perspective, it makes sense—focus on what you do best. And in many cases, it’s good for those on the purchasing end, too. I know I’d rather work with a contractor who has experience remodeling post-war homes in my specific neighborhood, just as an energy company might hire a consultant who works exclusively with the oil and gas industry.
But when it comes to building your quality, safety or environmental management system, cobbling it together with different software platforms—even if each is designed specifically for your industry—is a dangerous game.
Let’s look at a few of the hidden risks associated with using point solutions this way.