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<i>Entrepreneur</i>'s Complete Guide to Software

Paralyzed by all the software choices out there? You're not alone. How to choose the software your business really needs.

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This story appears in the November 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

What? You don't have time to track all the latestdevelopments in ? For an , researching changesin often takes a remote back seat to theday-to-day tasks of running a . And that's probably theway it should be. But believe us-it pays to take a hard look at thesoftware your company is using.

In this year's "Entrepreneur's CompleteGuide to Software," we've examined software products in 16different categories. Some of these products won't change theway you do business. If antivirus and utilities software programsare doing their jobs, for example, you shouldn't even noticethey're there. However, a number of these categories includesoftware that has the potential to improve client relationships,streamline finances, replace expensive hardware or revamp yourdata-handling. In short, these products are designed either to givea nice push to your company's productivity or just to save youmoney; in some cases, you'll get the best of both worlds.

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