How to optimize requirements scope when purchasing enterprise software

Deciding what requirements should be included when purchasing enterprise software can be tricky. In this article, we look at ways to match corporate expectations with software product market reality.

How Agile techniques can improve enterprise software implementation

Enterprise software implementations like ERP are famous for being late and exceeding budget. This article looks at using Agile concepts to reduce implementation project risks.

How to select enterprise software that maximizes ROI

Selecting best-fit enterprise software is a difficult task, and you can’t please all the people all the time. This article outlines a data driven and auditable process to pick the software that maximizes ROI and minimizes buyer’s...

Why spreadsheets don't cut it for enterprise software evaluations

Is your evaluation spreadsheet tying you up in knots? See why spreadsheets don’t deliver when evaluating enterprise software.

Why you should always estimate ROI before buying enterprise software

Don’t gamble when prioritizing enterprise software projects. See why you should prioritize by ROI, and how to do it using the risk-adjusted value method.

Don’t skip vendor due diligence when buying enterprise software

It’s all too easy to skip vendor due diligence when buying enterprise software. This is an important part of the evaluation and selection process that can help avoid starting a business relationship with a vendor that just will not...

How to know when you have all the requirements to properly select enterprise software

Any enterprise software selection project starts with a journey of discovery where you find out what your organization truly needs. But how do you know when you have reached the end of that journey and discovered all the requirements?...

Why selecting enterprise software is so difficult

The road to a successful cloud or COTS software deployment is full of twists and turns, more difficult than even many experienced IT professionals realize. Watch out for these common problems to minimize risks with your projects....

Why most enterprise software projects should start with an evaluation

The rapid pace of innovation in the enterprise software space suggests that it is usually worth starting a new enterprise software project with an evaluation, even if the ultimate result is a development project.

Why you can skip business process analysis when purchasing COTS or cloud software

Many people think process analysis and optimization should be done before embarking on a software project. This article explains why it is unnecessary when buying commercial off-the-shelf or cloud software.

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...

9 ways front-loading requirements can reduce enterprise software risk

When purchasing enterprise software, detailed requirements must be developed at the start of the project or during implementation. By examining uses for requirements, we make the case that front-loading requirements development...

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.

12 ways to fix the traditional but broken software RFP selection process

The traditional RFP process fails to deliver consistent results when purchasing off-the-shelf or cloud enterprise software. This article examines problems with the RFP process specific to selecting software and suggests appropriate...

Using process to eliminate bias when selecting enterprise software

When selecting enterprise software, process is more important than analysis. The right process also reduces or eliminates bias.

How a vision statement can make IT relevant to the C-suite

With marketing taking a growing slice of the IT budget and the rise of shadow IT, some people are asking if IT is still needed. See how to harness the power of vision to increase the relevance of IT to the C-suite.

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.

The benefits of doing a detailed enterprise software requirements analysis

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.

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.

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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