Software Selection Horoscopes for January 2008

Come on, admit it: you read your horoscope. Maybe not every morning. But you do read it, even if just for comic relief, or because it allows you to feel a surge of superiority before you head out the door to scrape your car or pummel your way onto public transport. Either way, reading your horoscope is a pleasant diversion.

But here's a horoscope for the new year that provides you with more than just coffee-side chuckles. If you read between the lines, you'll find useful tips about the software selection process, and links to valuable software evaluation resources.

Aries: Don’t just start that software selection process— finish it. But you’ve got to realize that sending out request for proposal (RFP) templates to the vendors on your shortlist, and creating a scripted demo may be more than you can handle alone, no matter how independent you are. Exercise your brilliant leadership skills: delegate to your nearest and dearest Libra.

Taurus: Though often your decisions are practical, you may need to listen to the suggestions of others when choosing your new customer relationship CRM solution. After all, you won’t be the only one using the solution—and listening to the advice of others now means you won’t have to listen to their complaints down the road, in the installation and implementation stages.

Gemini: You sometimes have a way of talking yourself into almost anything. But things are a little different when it comes to talking upper management into implementing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Wait until after you’ve done the research. Find out as much as you can about each vendor’s product, and put together a solid, persuasive presentation—but get someone else to actually give the presentation (an enthusiastic Sagittarian should do the trick).

Cancer: Often, your intuition is bang-on. But figuring out which contenders on an Internet dating service are above-board, and which are sketchy is one thing—choosing an IT infrastructure services outsourcer quite another. Analyze and compare IT outsourcers with a software evaluation center—and make your final decision based on “I think” rather than “I feel.”

Leo: If you’ve got software vendor demos lined up, now is the time to indulge your tendency to step in and dominate the situation. You need to make sure that the vendors can give you what you want, so don’t overlook any sneaky moves they may try to make. If you want them to prove their solution offers the functionality your enterprise needs, stand up and ask them to prove it. Nicely, of course.

Virgo: Your ability to give great attention to detail will never serve you better than when you start your software selection process. You will absolutely delight in every aspect, from creating prioritized lists of criteria to performing weighted analysis with a decision support system. If there are any Taureans on your team, a bit of persuasion might be necessary, so don’t be afraid to lay down the law.

Libra: You will have a problem making your employees happy with the new supply chain managment (SCM) solution, if you don’t sit down and carefully prioritize their needed SCM functionality. And you’re already well aware you have difficulty making decisions, so make it easier for yourself, and use RFP templates with hundreds of criteria.

Scorpio: You, fearless Scorpio, are rarely afraid to tear down the old and rebuild the new. That makes you the ideal person to take charge of implementing a new business intelligence (BI) software solution. Not only will you successfully organize the training sessions, you will skillfully encourage 100% user confidence in the new solution.

Sagittarius: The devil is certainly in the details when it comes to many aspects of a human resources management system (HRMS) software selection process. Much to your chagrin, you will be put in charge of one of the most detailed aspects of that process: creating prioritized lists of the functionality your enterprise requires. But before you start making plans to overextend yourself to getting the job done, have a look at some free RFP templates.

Capricorn: Your organized and systematic nature will come in handy in the coming weeks, especially if your company is considering a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for small to medium business SMB. But no matter how organized you are, it never hurts to have a little help. Make sure you know what steps are involved in the software selection process.

Aquarius: Try not to shock anyone in the coming weeks—particularly if you’ve been tasked with choosing and implementing a new information security software solution for your enterprise. In order to maintain the security of your enterprise, and the confidence of your employees, make sure you know the whats, hows, and whys of information security software selection.

Pisces: Keep your inner peace—and try to project it outwards—in the coming weeks, as the software selection process can have everyone around you jumping and buzzing like jumping and buzzing things. If their panic-mode stress starts to rub off on you, help is only a click away with eBestMatch, a decision support system that can drastically reduce the time needed to find the software solution that best meets your needs.

For more information on all topics under the sun (or under the stars) related to software evaluation and selection, visit TEC's web site.

(And for those of you who are interested in finding out more about astrology, you might want to link to Moon Valley Astrologer, the site that provided me with invaluable help in finding out the basic characteristics of the 12 star signs.)
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