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As the flowers bloom and the birds chirp, it’s time for that annual ritual: spring cleaning. While you’re tidying up your physical space, don’t forget about your digital domain. Yes, we’re talking about your tech stack. The term ‘tech stack’ refers to the suite of digital tools that you use to keep your business running smoothly. It’s easy for small to medium business owners to accumulate a plethora of apps and tools over time, but are they all still serving your needs? Let’s dive into why and how to review your apps to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

 

Why spring clean your apps?

Let’s start with the most compelling reason – saving money! Subscription fees for apps can quickly add up, especially if you’re not actively using all of them. By reviewing your tech stack, you can identify which ones are essential and which ones can be trimmed to reduce unnecessary expenses.

 

Having too many apps can lead to confusion and inefficiency. Have you ever found yourself asking “Did you save it in Google Drive or as an attachment in Asana?”, “Is it in Miro, or did you make a flowchart in Zapier Canvas?” Consolidating your tools not only saves money but also streamlines your workflow. When your team knows exactly where to work, communicate, and find information, productivity soars.

How to Review Your Tech Stack

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Set aside dedicated time

Just like any other important task, reviewing your apps requires dedicated time. Schedule a meeting or block out some time on your calendar to ensure it gets done. Remember, if you don’t make time for it, you’ll never “find” the time.

 

Review app features

Technology is constantly evolving, and so are app features. Take some time to review the latest updates and enhancements of the apps you use. Are there new features that make other apps obsolete? If so, consider consolidating your tools for a more streamlined experience.

 

Check your subscriptions

Make sure that you know all of the apps that you’re paying for, you might be surprised to find subscriptions for apps you forgot you even had. Check your emails, bank account payments and password managers to find any regular app payments you’re making. Make a list of all the apps you’re currently paying for and if you’re on an annual subscription, make a note of when the subscription renews, and if it auto-renews. Having this information in one place will make your life a lot easier the next time you want to review your tech stack.

 

Assess their value

Now that you have a list of your subscribed apps, it’s time to evaluate their value to your business. Ask yourself: Are they still serving a purpose? Do they contribute to your bottom line? If not, it might be time to bid them farewell. If you need some help reviewing the apps that you have, our blog post There’s an app for that, but do you need it? provides a framework for assessing whether an app will provide value for your business.

 

Cancel unused apps

Armed with your newfound knowledge, it’s time to take action. Cancel those unused apps while they’re fresh in your mind. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also declutter your tech stack for improved efficiency.

 

Summary

Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home – it’s for your tech stack too! By reviewing your apps, you can save money, consolidate tools, and boost productivity for your business. Remember to set aside dedicated time, assess the value of your apps, and cancel unused subscriptions. With a little effort, you can ensure that your tech stack is lean, mean, and ready to propel your business forward. Happy cleaning!

 

Reduce your overwhelm with our automation training programme

And finally, if you’re really keen to reduce your overwhelmand  transform your business using automation, then visit the Solvaa Automation Academy. Our signature training programme, ‘Simple Zapier Automation Blueprint: Zero to Hero’ is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of business process automation from the experts – a sure-fire way to recession-proof your business.

It has on-demand videos, templates, and resources and it’s more than just a Zapier course (although we do show you how to use Zapier like a pro) as you’ll learn about Process Mapping, Business Process Improvement and Business Process Management too – principles that can be applied to other areas of business too!

Whether you are a complete novice or have been using Zapier for a while, our programme is for you. It’s perfect for individuals and teams in micro, small and medium-sized businesses, including solopreneurs, consultants and freelancers. You’ll have access to our experts and can participate in live calls where you can ask all your burning questions, as well as hands-on workshops to keep you on track with implementing your new skills. We run regular cohorts so there will be an opportunity for everyone to participate.

Our head trainer, Kelly Goss, is a specialist in business systems, process improvement and automation, and one of less than 100 Zapier Certified Experts in the world. Kelly has many years’ experience in optimising systems and processes, and implementing automations for clients and is now passing on her knowledge to students through our trademarked ‘4-Step Solvaa Automation Methodology®‘. 

Find out more via our dedicated Solvaa Automation Academy website.

Read more about how our certified experts use Zapier workflow automations to simplify processes and increase efficiency.

Solvaa is a process and automation consultancy specialising in improving sales, operations and financial administration workflows. We help you to simplify and streamline existing processes, integrate your business tools to make data transfer more efficient and automate manual tasks to increase productivity. We are Zapier Certified Experts, Pipedrive Certified Partners, SmartSuite Certified Partners and Xero Certified Advisors. 

Contact us today to discuss how Solvaa can help you simplify, improve and automate all aspects of your business with Zapier to save you time, reduce costs and keep you agile as you grow.

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