In the past, public sector organizations contracted with large-scale vendors for a single platform of integrated applications. The data and information responsible for powering each organization was consolidated into one unified system. Along with its efficiency and uniformity, full-suite solutions also came with some major shortcomings.
In general, updates for full-suite systems were infrequent and lengthy to install due to their size and coverage. These delays in innovation were inefficient as they rendered the functionality of the suite incomplete. Workarounds became standard to support the ever-advancing functional needs of department users.
With cXML integration standards and the accessibility of open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), agencies are starting to distance themselves from the full-suite approach and embrace best-in-breed solutions.
What is a best-in-breed solution?
Best-in-breed systems perform specialized functions within a given niche.
Instead of finding a universal software solution, agencies can install multiple best-in-breed systems and link them to create a specialized patchwork platform. As best-in-breed implementation becomes increasingly commonplace, organizations ensure that their full-suite systems are open, their standards are based with APIs, and they have well-detailed documentation to optimize the approach.
The Benefits of Best-In-Breed Solutions
Best-in-breed solutions are designed to adapt and handle solutions requiring focused performance and specialization. Best-in-breed programs are smaller than full suites and run independently, updating smoothly and seamlessly without affecting other systems, accelerating beneficial returns and reducing project risks.
The targeted focus of this smaller system allows best-in-breed manufacturers to align solutions more closely to business strategy and/or vision and quickly accommodate market changes. Thus, agencies using best-in-breed solutions are more likely to create nuanced approaches to solutions, quickly respond to market fluctuations and meet personalized requirements. Because these systems are optimized for each niche, implementation, and training (if necessary) are lighter, and user experience is generally straightforward and involves fewer stakeholders. Organizations then have access to in-depth documentation that outlines functionality for each solution and its respective performance which can be used to promote efficiency.
The Best Solution for Your Organization
Businesses are presented with a multitude of solutions. To find the one best suited for your organization, select a solution that:
- meets your specific functional needs without compromises,
- is built on a modern SAAS technology stack,
- helps maximize your ability to leverage the current enterprise system, and
- has a strong product roadmap of future innovations.
In this post-COVID, uncertain economic environment, organizations and teams should consider best-in-breed solutions rather than bearing the cost and disruption of outdated, monolithic systems of the past.