Why settle for second-best software?

Using software that isn’t right for the job doesn’t make sense. So why do people do it?

Why settle for second-best software? 


End-to-end software used to be the bee’s knees – but not anymore.  

End-to-end solutions may sound good, but they don’t always work the way you want them to. They’re often a collection of mediocre features with limited functionality – a jack of all trades, master of none.  

Using software that isn’t right for the job doesn’t make sense.  

Think about it. You wouldn’t roast a chicken on the hob or poach an egg in the oven. Each section of the cooker performs a specific role, and you choose the best bit for what you’re trying to cook. Each section is separate, but linked together – so you can get the best results without having to switch between appliances.  

The same goes for software.  

Thanks to the development of APIs (application programme interfaces), you can now mix and match the best features from the best suppliers to get the best solution for your needs. So instead of having one system that does everything poorly – think egg in the oven – you can choose several market-leading systems and integrate them together.  

Here’s an example:  

You’re a training provider delivering apprenticeships. Instead of using one system to take registers, store learner data, deliver training, track progress, manage quality, detect plagiarism, and communicate with apprentices, tutors and employers, you use several pieces of software that perform each function well and link them together.  

There’s incredible software on the market that does all these things – no end-to-end solution will ever beat them!  

Integrating software is easy.  

At OneFile, we want people to have the right tools for the job. That’s why we develop our apprenticeship software in-line with Ofsted, the ESFA and the apprenticeship reforms. It’s also why we make integrations easy 

OneFile has an open API, which means we can integrate our software with any other software – we just need to build a bridge to connect the 2... or 3 or 4.  

By integrating systems together, you get the best of both worlds. It also means information is shared between the systems, so you only have to run 1 set of reports and don’t have to duplicate data entry.  

Integrations save time, improve quality, reduce errors and save money.  

‘OneFile is quite simply the best. It’s cost effective, innovative and easily integrated with our existing systems.’ Wayne Lord, director of IT – Interserve. 

It also means your OneFile package is cheaper. We don’t waste time and money reinventing the wheel and we don’t charge for integrations. We just make sure you can integrate with the systems you need free of charge.  

To find out more about OneFile, how our software works, and who we integrate with, download your easy integration guide 

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Or to see OneFile in action, book a demo with a OneFile expert. They’ll give you a personalised tour of the software, show you how OneFile can benefit you, and answer any questions you have. Book your free demonstration today.

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