Landdox Team

May 07, 2020

10 Signs It’s Time to Break up With Your Land Management System



Are you just about ready to call it quits and get a divorce from your land management software?

Are you tired of feeling unappreciated by your vendor? Is your software partner stuck in another era, unwilling to change with the times? Have you spotted a younger system that promises to treat you properly, offering you everything you are looking for in a relationship?

Maybe it’s time for splits-ville. Find out for sure by reviewing the top-10 signs that you should break up with your land management system.

Then, get Landdox.


1.  Your system charges you to configure it. Shouldn’t it just work the way you want it to?

It’s 2020. You configure a hundred apps individually on your phone -- for free. Shouldn’t you be able to customize a land system that you pay a lot of money for? Shouldn’t you be able to track what you want to track?

2.  Converting data into your system takes a lot of time and a lot of money.

Most traditional land systems make more money on services like data conversion than on software subscriptions. If you can use Excel, shouldn’t you be able to convert your own data? Fast?

3.  Your land management system can’t handle the complexities of today’s land data because it was written with code that predates unconventional drilling.

If your system’s code predates 2008, it’s not stable. It’s old.

4.  You pay for customer service -- and still no one can answer your question.

If you’re paying for customer service, your provider makes more money the longer it takes to answer your question. And no one is incentivized to actually make the product better.

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5.  Your land data is different from your DO data is different from your accounting data.

All of the data originates in the same documents. Shouldn’t all three data sets be the same?

6.  Your system only generates canned reports -- and none of them have what you need.

Your system can only generate reports as PDFs. And it takes 4 hours. And there are 3 pages between the column headers and their data. Shouldn’t you be able to customize your own report and download it in a format you can use?

7.  Your data is being held hostage by your land management system.

And you have to pay your provider a sizable ransom any time you want to get it out.

8.  You can see your data, but you have no idea where the source leases and other documents are.

You know your documents are on a local server. But someone broke the link between your land system and your document folders. Your documents are not keyword searchable, and you have no way to find them quickly.

9.  Your land management system can’t integrate with other systems.

Accounting needs to run rental payments, but you’re still copying and pasting amounts, names, and addresses into a spreadsheet. Shouldn’t this be automated?

10.  Your land management system can’t auto-generate well decks.

You know who owns what interest in which leases. Shouldn’t your system be able to automatically calculate revenue and expense decks at the well level?


Divorcing from your outdated, cumbersome, inefficient, costly land management software might be painful. After all, you’ve likely been together for years. You’ve been through a lot together. You’re settled and comfortable with mediocrity.

But maybe you’re realizing that you deserve more from the relationship. You’re tired of the lack of communication. You’re realizing that you and your software vendor have irreconcilable differences. You’re not feeling the respect anymore.

If this sounds like you, take our advice and start exploring Landdox. Breaking up is hard to do. But worth it.

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