In the face of new inventions and old challenges, what do landscape companies want in a software product?
From day one at the Aspire Software Company, we have designed our systems around what we know. Based on our team’s firsthand experience in the Green/Snow industries, we created the software to ease pain points for landscape/snow management companies so they can focus on what they do best.
But just as our products evolve over time, our industry is also evolving. New technology allows one person to do the work of three. Smartphones and tablets are everywhere. And mobile apps manage everything from route optimization to inventory management to drone scheduling. Yes, you read that correctly: drone scheduling. While we were popping wheelies on our zero-turn mowers, robots were quietly being taught how to mow grass, mulch leaves and spread salt.
Follow the Research
To gain insight on what landscape companies need from their software in these changing times, we turn to organizations like Software Advice. They provide research and user reviews on software applications, allowing readers to pinpoint the best software for their needs out of the seemingly endless sea of options. Aspire, in turn, uses their in-depth research to ensure our products surpass our clients’ needs.
The results highlight the industry’s ongoing transformation:
- Almost three quarters of respondents use specific landscape industry software to manage their companies.
- Of those, almost half use it only sporadically, relying on other software programs to handle accounting, scheduling, CRM, human resources, etc.
- Of the respondents who use industry-specific landscape software frequently, they most appreciate programs that already integrate billing/invoicing, landscape design, CRM, team management, work tracking, payment collection and scheduling/dispatch.
- In addition, they wish their programs were better equipped to handle payment collection, proposal generation and accounting integration.
This means that landscaping workers and managers are looking for an all-in-one program that seamlessly integrates billing, design, team management and overhead details such as maintenance, supply and HR.
In the words of Mr. Friedenthal himself: “To stay ahead of the competition, landscaping companies should try to find an industry-specific landscape management software which can also provide capabilities that are not as industry-specific.”
While we’re waiting for someone to invent a better lawnmower robot, this is good advice to follow.