A Guide to Software Package Evaluation and Selection
Publication Date: September 04, 2000
Number of Pages: 352
Dimensions: 7.17 × 4.71 (inches)
"Finding the right software for a company is downright scary! Whether it's for inventory, e-commerce, accounting, e-mail, or whatever else the company needs, a poor software decision has negative ripple effects that can undermine business for years to come (and damage reputations as well). This pragmatic book is for anyone charged with evaluating and choosing an application. It provides a systematic method for selecting the best software. In careful detail, the book guides readers through each key step to obtaining a package that meets their needs, based on: critical requirements, budget, culture, and in-house technical expertise. Readers learn how to: * Create a request for proposal (RFP), and then understand how to thoroughly evaluate the vendors' responses * Accurately compare requirements against the package * Ensure that the vendor demonstrations really help them determine if the software can do the job they need * Investigate the software company to make sure it's reliable * Negotiate the contract to the organization's advantage."