Out-of-the-box sounds great. It’s easy to make and ready-to-eat… like a Betty Crocker Chocolate Birthday Cake Mix. When it’s a small party and you know everyone who’s coming, why not use a ready-made solution? After all, it’s cheaper and easier to just open a box and be done with it.
Sometimes, however, your needs are more complicated and an out-of-the-box solution isn’t an option. You might have a party guest who’s allergic to gluten. Or another who doesn’t eat eggs. You can’t remove the wheat from a birthday cake mix to satisfy one special request. And it’s difficult to adjust a cake mix to eliminate the need for an egg. That’s the limitation of an out-of-the-box solution.
An out-of-the-box solution is a tradeoff. You don’t have to make a whole lot of decisions because those decisions are already made for you. But if those decisions aren’t what you would have chosen, you’re the one who will have to adjust, not the cake.
In abstract management software, those special decisions are called “edge cases” because they’re outliers that can really mess up your workflow if you don’t consider them early in your process. Your users may not have gluten allergies, but they may have very specific author disclosure needs. Or your organization may have a unique approach to managing reviewers that no out-of-the-box solution can address.
Of course, a better solution would combine the convenience of a pre-made mix with the skill of an artisan pastry chef – just in case you need that special customization.
That’s where a custom solution shows its value. And that’s why the Mira Smart Conference Platform is so useful. Out-of-the-box, Mira is a robust and intuitive abstract management package loaded with configurable elements to satisfy most conference use cases. But for those edge cases, Mira comes with the experienced project managers and skilled software developers to customize your abstract management software for your particular workflow.
Mira is a solution that grows with your organization. That’s why we call it an abstract management platform. It’s a stable, robust foundation that can be used out-of-the-box or tailored to your ever-changing workflow. In other words, using Mira is a piece of cake.
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