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 a software, you definitely want to get it right this time.
Michael Shearer54 Expert Software Selection Tips to Pick the Best-Fit Software (and Impress Your Colleagues)
We all know that selecting a new technology for your organization (usually) requires multiple people (aka decision makers) involvement – that point has been made ad nauseam by sales and marketing literature (the age of “account-based marketing”).
Getting the right pricing negotiated for an enterprise software purchase is one of the most fundamental requirements as pricing directly ties to the budget allocated to the project. There are a number of variables to consider when comparing pricing across software vendors.
Michael ShearerNavigating Enterprise Software Pricing – What To Watch For
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
As a technology selection management software (TSM) provider we wanted to find out how much the current volatile economic conditions would affect IT purchasing roadmaps for our customers and other software and IT sourcing professionals. So, we conducted a software buyer survey asking key IT decision makers about purchasing plans for 2016, and about the obstacles they faced in their IT selection and purchasing processes.
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.
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
Software is a significant investment for any business, but the selection process isn’t always easy. As you shop around, you’ll encounter stumbling blocks that could compromise productivity, customer service and the ability to grow your businesses. Knowing what you’re going up against can help you avoid the scarier parts of the selection process.
Most organizations suffer though laborious technology evaluation, sourcing and procurement processes. Traditional methods and tools offer little visibility and a lack of structured collaboration among stakeholders—leading to drawn out IT initiatives and ultimately poor decisions. This is commonly referred to as “business as usual”.
Roy SempleCreating a New Standard for Technology Evaluation, Procurement and Cost Management
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