In the last 5 years the tide has turned. Everyone used to be concerned with long feature lists. Anyway one could expand their feature list they did. The average consumer would do a quick comparison between two feature lists, and often purchased the more ‘feature rich’ item. The past half a decade has nuanced our purchase experience.
Now people ask how they will use the software, in addition to what the software does. This is why people clamor over the iPhone. There have been phones with more features, or better specs, but people still want the iPhone. It is easy to use.
The principle is simple: if it is easy to use, I will use it.
Experience informs us that features we don’t use are not worth paying more for.
Microsoft Word is a great example of a piece of software with thousands of features. Yet most of us only use it to write simple documents. I’ve been active in higher education for the better part of a decade and only recently discovered that word manages citations. It’s a great feature for academic work, only if it had been easier to discover and use.
When looking at management software for your church there are systems on all across this spectrum. There are the Swiss army knife systems that let you do everything under the sun, and then there are systems focused on one doing one piece very well (like scheduling by our friends at MinistrEspace).
There is not a right or wrong piece of software, but this software that will best meet your needs. Every single piece of software exists on the continuum between Features and Functionality.
At Fresh Vine we choose to elevate functionality because of our focus on creating a system your staff and leaders can use without training. Other systems require specialized staff members who become formally trained/certified to use. Because of the diversity of options you are able to find the system that best fits your organizations unique needs.