Technology Selection

Software Selection Guidelines for Companies in Business Growth Cycles

Based on a recent research study conducted by SelectHub, we have extracted some discussion points that exhibit characteristic customer behavior during the research phase of a software selection process. While it’s difficult to speak of “characteristic customer behavior” given the unpredictability built into customers/human beings, we have nonetheless grouped together customers’ similar areas of concern and presented the customer response with our corresponding best practice recommendations.

Gabriel GheorghiuSoftware Selection Guidelines for Companies in Business Growth Cycles
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52 Expert Software Selection Tips to Pick the Best-Fit Software (and Impress Your Colleagues)

So, you’re buying business software?

Congrats! Welcome to the world of defining hundreds (if not thousands) of software requirements, interacting with a dozen or more people needing a say in your selection, a sea of regulatory and financial concerns, a dumbfounding array of software review/evaluation sites, very persistent vendor representatives and more.

A walk in the park, right?

Sadly, it’s not – especially if you want to select the right software the first time. And if you’re replacing software, you definitely want to get it right this time.

Michael Shearer52 Expert Software Selection Tips to Pick the Best-Fit Software (and Impress Your Colleagues)
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Business Requirements Gathering for Enterprise Software Selection

Business requirements gathering (BRG) is a critical and often overlooked step in a software evaluation and technology selection process. Understanding what your systems currently deliver and the key objectives of a new technology acquisition—is essential to realizing a successful IT investment. Here is a best practice approach you can use to ensure proper requirements gathering for your enterprise software selection project.

Dylan PersaudBusiness Requirements Gathering for Enterprise Software Selection
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Improve Software Selection

The software selection process, especially when purchasing complex and expensive software requires time, collaboration and attention to detail. Selecting software generally is done by multiple parties within an organization, all who have varied requirements for the software being procured.

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Agile IT Vendor Selection Cures Organizational Anxiety

Regardless of whether your reaction is an indifferent shrug to the almost-daily news reports of billions of dollars wasted every year in unused and under-performing software due to flawed IT selection and procurement practices, or whether you spend sleepless nights worrying about the incessant security and compliance issues posed by rogue software purchases across your organization, agile technology selection practices are starting to gain a foothold within both SMBs and large enterprises alike.

SelectHubAgile IT Vendor Selection Cures Organizational Anxiety
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CIOs Adopt Technology Selection Management (TSM) to Improve IT Sourcing and Deliver Business Value More Quickly

Richard Loew of PFB Energy is the latest high profile CIO to deploy technology selection management (TSM) from SelectHub to improve the delivery of IT sourcing and selection services for their organizations. PFB Energy is one of the largest independent refiners in the oil and gas industry.

Loew credits the use of SelectHub for helping to drive better stakeholder participation and smarter decisions on technology purchases, faster. He explains that this allows IT to provide more value to the rest of the company, while following a more agile, transparent and disciplined process. View the SelectHub brochure for more on IT sourcing strategies.

Roy SempleCIOs Adopt Technology Selection Management (TSM) to Improve IT Sourcing and Deliver Business Value More Quickly
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SelectHub Highlighted as Technology Selection Driver in CIO Review

The July 2015 issue of CIO Review Magazine, focused on IT procurement, highlights SelectHub as the foundation for a user-friendly Technology Selection Management service offered by progressive CIOs.

In his article covering characteristic difficulties in the technology selection process, Rob Meilen, VP & CIO of Hunter Douglas describes the increasing pressures on IT organizations to provide more business benefits, quicker than ever before—but reveals that standard selection and sourcing practices are falling short.

Roy SempleSelectHub Highlighted as Technology Selection Driver in CIO Review
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The Best Way to Screw up a Software Selection Project

We expect to buy things without screwing up. Just select what you want and pull out your wallet (ahem). Maybe next week. We are blithely optimistic when it comes to buying a new washing machine, or toaster—it’s going to work as expected, maybe better. Even for larger purchases like a new vehicle, juggling requirements like space, performance, and price is not a brain buster—and can actually be fun.

Roy SempleThe Best Way to Screw up a Software Selection Project
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