Following on from previous blogs that explore scheduling and its importance we discuss here the characteristics of a good scheduling system. A list of considerations for planning departments, across a variety of industries, when looking to invest in sophisticated scheduling software.
In our previous blogs, we already introduced what scheduling is and why it is so important for almost any organization. However once an organization has decided to invest in a scheduling solution, there are many possible solutions in the market to choose from. How do you know which solution is the best solution for your organization? In other words, what are the characteristics of a good scheduling solution? In this blog, we try to give an answer to this critical question, by giving an overview of the critical characteristics of a good scheduling solution.
Additionally there is the run (operating) cost, which can be part of the subscription cost (in case of a SaaS solution), but if it’s an on-premise solution, we also need to account for infrastructure recurring costs (complex scheduling can require quite some computing power, resulting in high computing costs), costs for IT monitoring and debugging the application and its associated integrations, installing and regression testing patches and new releases provided by the vendor.
The above criteria show that the choice of a good scheduling solution is not something to take too lightly. Instead it should be handled as a long-term strategic decision for which a good comparison and due diligence of the different solutions on the market should be made. A good practice is to define a scoring matrix of all above criteria and define upfront a weight to each criterium. This allows to score different solutions on the market in a fair and objective way and choose wisely the best solution for the specific situation (and use cases) of the organization.