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8 reasons why committees fail when selecting enterprise software

While organizations use committees to select business-critical software, real world experience shows this doesn’t work as expected. Here's a look at why committees struggle with software decisions and what path leads to more...

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How to maximize vendor response and value gained from RFIs

When suitable vendors fail to respond to a request for information (RFI), projects get delayed and sometimes the wrong enterprise software is selected. This article summarizes ideas for maximizing RFI responses from vendors.

Risk mitigation

18 enterprise software selection risks and how to avoid them

Buying enterprise software can be a risky proposition. Having an idea of the risks faced when selecting such software helps organizations to develop mitigation strategies.

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The benefits of doing a detailed enterprise software requirements analysis

Doing a detailed requirements analysis before selecting enterprise software helps identify best-fit software and reduces implementation risks. This article answers the question of how much detail should be in those requirements.

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When to keep, upgrade or replace enterprise software

Corporate needs change, enterprise software ages and new software competitors appear. This presents an opportunity for improvement, but you need a process to reduce risks and maximize ROI.

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3 ways to minimize enterprise software selection risk

While a data-driven software selection focuses on requirements, the demo, product audit and reference checks reduce project risks in other ways.

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IT and business alignment: Putting the federated hybrid model on steroids

Knowing your organizational DNA can help maximize enterprise value via the right IT and business alignment.

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Solving the ‘Big Application’ Problem, Amazon Style

To John Burke, CIO of Ambit Energy, Automated Continuous Delivery Can Work in Any Industry

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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...

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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.

Requirements

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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Anatomy of a Successful SAP Implementation

Bob Dougherty, CIO of Airgas, on how to do SAP right

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CIOs Reveal Their Worst Nightmares

What keeps CIOs awake at night? Worrying about security, downtime and acquiring the right talent, according to a recent survey.

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Massive IT Transformation at AstraZeneca

Dave Smoley, CIO of AstraZeneca, uses a five pillar approach

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New Brunswick Conquers Identity Management With Virtual Directory

What started as a single provincial department's effort to roll out a virtual directory now helps government employees and citizens access about 150 applications. Find out how New Brunswick solved what could have otherwise been a big...

What Does the Future of Work Look Like?

Users increasingly come to the office clamoring for the same functionality, utility and speed that they enjoy on the devices they have at home. This is profoundly affecting the future of work (and the future of IT) in four key ways.

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