Spreadsheets, off-the-shelf software and custom software all offer some promise as work management solutions, but each involves some serious roadblocks.
While they're highly adaptable, spreadsheets are often a poor fit because there's no way to appropriately represent, enforce or validate most structured information. They also fail to provide a current, up-to-the-minute view of your information flow and business processes. Once copied and shared, a spreadsheet simply shows what already happened, not what's happening now.
Off-the-shelf software rarely provides a good fit because, by its very nature, it's designed for broad-market use cases — it can't be tailored to meet every business team's specific needs.
Although a good fit initially, custom software is expensive and time-consuming to develop and launch. Once implemented, it also can be difficult for business teams to adapt, instead requiring the involvement of an often-overworked development team.
XOflow, on the other hand, offers pre-built, well-tested building blocks that business teams can use to configure and adapt work management solutions that meet their particular needs.