Let’s face it – not many people embrace change easily and the thought of having to learn something new in a busy office makes a lot of people think of running for the hills, a qualified Sage trainer can help you make the most of your Sage software training.
The process of learning anything new can be overwhelming, confusing and lengthy and always carries with it a number of challenges – all good reasons to resist the learning process. In the end though, the benefits gained by investing in proper Sage training should far outweigh the cost and extra effort it takes.
Implementing new Sage software should not be taken lightly. The fact is you have to keep your usual business processes going as well as appraising, implementing and learning a new solution. It is not for the faint hearted, as in most cases it means duplicate data entry to complete a parallel run which is a big ask of your staff.
To make the most of any new Sage software solution you will always benefit from proper software training before you or your employees can take full advantage of the more advanced technology a new solution brings. To ensure confidence, understanding, growth and efficiency, bespoke Sage training using your own data is by far the best way to ensure you maximise your investment.
Many people think the biggest issue of introducing a new software solution is related to the new technology, off the shelf product shortcomings, in-house infrastructure, costs and internal politics. However, the number one obstacle is inadequate training.
Here are some of the recognised benefits of training your employees
- Increased job satisfaction and morale among employees
- Increased employee motivation
- Increased efficiencies in processes, resulting in financial gain
- Increased capacity to adopt new technologies and methods
- Increased innovation in strategies and products
- Reduced employee turnover
What Type of Sage Training Courses Should I consider?
Time constraints, work schedule conflicts, travelling distances and cost are all obstacles to staff training and different people require different delivery methods.
When researching software solution providers, it’s probably a good idea to consider what Sage training the provider can offer you and how the provider will continue to support you long after the sale has come and gone. Sage training can be in the form of off-site classroom training courses, on-site bespoke courses or online computer-based training.
Classroom Sage Training Courses
Classroom Sage training courses are typically held on a scheduled basis at the provider’s premises. This allows you and your staff to plan work schedules in advance and costs can initially look cheaper than on-site bespoke training. Off-site training is also extremely focused, helping to keep employees on task, with little or no interruptions such as phones, emails, etc and the trainers normally have an in-depth knowledge and expertise with the solution in general, to provide an interactive learning environment. However, most classroom courses are not prescriptive and can include many processes that you may not need or want and do not offer the opportunity to learn every single option the solution may have.
On-Site Bespoke Sage Training
Bespoke Sage training on your premises allows you to control the topics covered and the time it takes to learn them. You can work with the trainer and customize existing training materials, develop new ones specifically designed for your company and benefit from working on your own data instead of demonstration data. If your software has also been customized, you can make certain that those modifications are reflected in the Sage training workshop.
Sage Online Training Courses
Because everyone’s time is valuable, Sage online training via your desktop PC or laptop in the form of webinars and remote access courses with a trainer on hand can be a great solution. Courses can be convenient and available on demand 24/7, cutting across geographies and times zones. The advantages of this type of training are primarily the reduced cost and flexibility for you and your employees to work at your own pace and on your own schedule.
There is no doubt that in planning and implementing a successful software system, it is essential to take some type of Sage training. Uneducated employees can cost a business far more money and risk than you will spend to educate them. So whether you are training new employees or offering continuing education for existing staff the investment is well worth it.