It’s great to have software on hand that is designed for use with your new franchise. In order to make sure you get the most out of it, you want to do everything possible to ensure the franchise software remains in top condition. Here are a few tips that will help with the process.
Download and Install Updates Promptly
When and as you become of updates, make sure they are downloaded and installed without fail. There’s typically a reason why the software needs updating. It may be in order to correct a pending issue that would cause difficulties later on.
Depending on your settings, there may be no need to do anything. If your settings allow for an automatic download of updates, they will be there, ready to install just before you shut down equipment. If you prefer not to set the system for automatic updates, then schedule at least one day a week when you search for and download updates. Either way, make sure the downloads are installed as soon as possible.
Review The Help Section From Time to Time
You may not think of reviewing any help section that comes with the software, but it should be the first place that you turn in questions. Many times, a quick search is all it takes to find out ways to perform a certain function or even troubleshoot a minor issue. This is typically faster than calling a help desk or attempting to remedy an issue using a chat feature.
Even after everything is up and running, it never hurts to review the help section every few months. It will serve as reminders of how to handle certain issues or manage tasks that you only have to do a couple of times each year.
Keep Your Antivirus Software Up to Date
Another way to support the function of your franchise software is to make sure your antivirus software is always up to date. Doing so will mean that potential threats like malware will have more difficulty infiltrating and corrupting the system. Software designed to detect and repel threats may also provide more protection from hackers who may be after proprietary data, like your client list.
This is an example of multiple software packages working in tandem to keep everything safe. Remember to check for updates and make sure they are installed. You may want to look beyond the essential updates and consider installing any optional ones as well.
Ensure Your Network Has Enough Resources to Run The Software
Every network needs resources in order to function efficiently. The same is true for your software. The thing is that resources can be taken up by all sorts of things that are no longer of any use. You would do well to periodically sweep the equipment and get rid of anything that’s hogging RAM and space that you could put to good use.
Many software packages have tools that allow you to get rid of partial files and other things that are serving no purpose. Doing so will free up memory and ensure that your software has all the resources needed to operate at optimum speed.
Remember that proper care of your software will allow it to serve the franchise well for a long time. See that as one more way to get a greater return on the original investment and keep the business running smoothly.