Seeking to implement a new software program or technology solution?
Selecting a new technology or software solution for your company is a significant decision and investment. Today’s technology marketplace contains hundreds of thousands of products, vendors, and promises. Coming from an objective and unbiased matter, the key is finding the best fit from the crowded marketplace that addresses your specific needs.
It is often easy to select the product that is the most popular, the product that is the least expensive, or the product with the most appealing marketing messages. However, these factors rarely translate to the most suitable and valuable solution for your company. It is important that you thoroughly analyze your business and technical needs for a new solution, research, analyze, and assess potential solutions based on your needs, and select the solution that best meets those unique requirements. Depending on the new technology you are looking to implement, the research and evaluation process can be a somewhat time consuming endeavor. However, the process is certainly worth it in the long run, delivering you greater value and a higher return on your investment.
So how do you find the best solution for your company?
There are several steps you will want to take when selecting a new technology to implement at your business. These processes can include: requirements gathering and analysis, research, evaluation, demos, and implementation planning. Depending on the size and complexity of your initiative, you may want to perform the work yourself in-house, or hire a consultant with experience with different technologies and software evaluation and selection, to carry out the process.
If you decide to perform the work in- house, here are some tips, based on our years of experience assisting clients in selecting the best technologies for their unique needs, to keep in mind:
Remember, the evaluation and selection process varies for each unique company, project, and technology. In some instances you will want to employ a more thorough and intense process, whereas with other decisions, you may want to skip around and perform the whole process in just a couple of hours However, we hope we have given you some helpful tips, based on our knowledge of best practices and extensive experience with a wide range of technologies and clients, to consider when making your next technology implementation decision.
What have been your experiences selecting new technologies? What are some key tips that you have found helpful or learned throughout your experiences? Share with us in the comments below!