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How to make more successful enterprise software purchases

When purchasing enterprise software, some organizations wait for the implementation phase to flesh out fully detailed requirements. See the advantages of moving this work to the requirements gathering phase of the project.

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Buyer beware: How auditing RFPs can help you make smarter enterprise software purchases

Aggressive salespeople and “over-optimistic” RFPs can doom enterprise software projects. Audit RFPs to verify they meet requirements as claimed before purchasing the software, and avoid software disasters.

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Hit the jackpot when selecting enterprise software by using RFP scoring

Enterprise software RFPs with open questions requiring short essay answers are difficult to evaluate. See how RFP scoring takes the gambling out of selecting best-fit software. Know how well the software will work in your environment...


Why you must rate enterprise software requirements

While rating requirements for importance is critical to selecting best-fit enterprise software, other benefits that flow from the exercise are reduced implementation costs and improved end user buy-in.

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Turbo-charge ROI when buying enterprise software

Meet or exceed target ROI when buying enterprise software by selecting the best-fit product for your particular needs.


When buying enterprise software: The devil is in the details

When selecting enterprise software, poorly written requirements are a problem. Consequences include missed deadlines, not selecting best-fit software, unrealized ROI, and occasionally outright failure. Use these guidelines and tools...

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Why reverse engineering is a powerful requirements gathering technique

When selecting enterprise software, inadequate requirements are a major contributor to project failures. Use the technique of reverse engineering requirements from the features of potential software products to build a comprehensive...

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Security best practices for users is your first line of defense

Most savvy businesses are on top of their game when it comes to securing networks, encrypting sensitive data and keeping private customer information safe. But there's a glaring security vulnerability you may not have thought of: your...

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How DevOps can redefine your IT strategy

Is DevOps the flavor of the month or the competitive advantage you’ve been looking for? We ask experts what they think of the trend, where to find talent and how IT workers can break into this emerging field within IT.

How CIOs Create a Great Customer Experience

These CIOs collaborate with marketing, continually innovate and use surveys of customer satisfaction.

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How to Stop 5 Catastrophic Corporate Practices

Companies regularly make these five mistakes with the false belief that they are best practices when they are, in fact, anything but best, writes Rob Enderle.

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11 Communication Skills of Effective Project Leaders

There are project managers and then there are highly effective project leaders. Here are 11 traits that the great ones share.

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It’s not the technology…stupid

The accelerated rate and introduction of new disruptive technologies is raising the stakes and increasing the pressure on CIOs to deliver more business value at an accelerated pace.

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The Sony Breach Stymification

The swirl of confusion surrounding the recent and incessant Sony Pictures hack continues.

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9 Reasons Good Employees Leave -- and How You Can Prevent It

The average tenure for IT workers is less than 3.8 years, according to Payscale. And while you’ll never eliminate employee turnover, these strategies can help you motivate and ultimately retain your best talent.

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Better Flights and Light Bulbs: 2 Case Studies from the Front Lines of Innovation

Innovation takes many forms. This article details how the U.S. government and startup companies are innovating to change the world for the better.

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Yamaha Joins All-in Migration to the Public Cloud

Seeking to shift IT staff away from maintenance tasks to focus on innovation, Yamaha has dropped its hosted data center in favor of AWS.

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How to Make Your 2015 Planning Session the Best Ever

Annual planning meetings are common events as companies put one year in the books and look ahead to a new year of challenges and opportunities. Bob Ronan provides a template for making your meeting productive while also suggesting...

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