The Importance of the White Paper and What It Can Do for You

  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published On: January 17 2008



The white paper—a wonderful little piece of literature chock full of thought provoking insight and informative prose—got its start many years ago, long before there were computers in every office and home around the world. Back then, the white paper was a way for individuals to discuss their positions on a specific topic, but was predominantly used by the government. Today, white papers are a staple for many technology websites around the world—including ours.



Before I became a writer here a Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), I didn’t realize how a white paper could help anyone. But after a little more than eight months writing for TEC’s website, I’ve come to understand the importance of the white paper and what it really means in the world of technology.

I’ve pored over more than a hundred of them since my journey here at TEC started, and I’ve read about everything from virtual technology to SAN storage, from LANs and WANs, to the latest in data security protection and more. The wealth of knowledge that white papers contain make them a gold mine for prospective software buyers and corporate decision makers alike.

But not every white paper is worth its weight in gold—in fact some are downright awful. With every white paper that crosses my desk, a lot of thought goes into whether or not it meets TEC’s editorial standards. TEC aims to provide informative content to its readers, so each and every white paper is vetted to ensure that it measures up to our requirements.

How white papers can help the prospective enterprise software buyer…

If you’re beginning your own journey, and have been given the task of finding the perfect enterprise software for your company, whether it’s a small business or large corporation, you’ve come to the right place. TEC’s blog, along with its site dedicated to software vendor and industry leader’s white papers will give you the head start you need.

You can search for white papers on just about every topic, in every possible industry including

  • Accounting and Financial Management

  • Business Intelligence

  • Business Process Modeling

  • Customer Relationship Management

  • Document Management

  • Enterprise Resource Planning

  • Human Resources

  • Manufacturing Management

  • Supply Chain Management

  • ...and much more


TEC’s White Paper site can help you find white papers quickly and easily!

Browse our free online library for the latest technical white papers, webcasts, and product information to help you make intelligent IT product purchasing decisions.

Our white papers are sorted by

We’re certain that you will find the information you’re looking for.

There are many other resources TEC can offer first time or even second time buyers of enterprise software, including software evaluation centers (where you can start your software selection project) request for proposal (RFP) templates, and software evaluation reports.

For the past 15 years, TEC’s products and services have helped thousands of prospective software buyers like you find the right software for their needs. Here are some quick web links that can help you with your software selection.

Quick links for prospective buyers:

TEC Blog
http://blog.technologyevaluation.com/
TEC White Papers
http://whitepapers.technologyevaluation.com/
TEC RFP Templates
http://www.rfp-templates.com/
TEC Evaluation Centers
http://www.technologyevaluation.com/products/evaluation-centers/
TEC Software Evaluation Reports
http://rfp.technologyevaluation.com/rfi.asp


What white papers can do for the software vendor…

Maybe you’re a software vendor who’s interested in getting more exposure. This is a great opportunity to put your white paper on TEC’s site where thousands of prospective enterprise software buyers wishing to learn from industry thought leaders like you will see it. Turn your ideas into an effective go-to-market strategy, while providing information to help IT decision makers evaluate their purchase selection options.

Before you start, check out TEC’s “Content Submission Guidelines” to be certain that your white paper is in line with our audience’s requirements. Be sure that your document is properly formatted too (a PDF is preferable). TEC reserves the right to reject any white paper we feel is not appropriate for our audience.

Once your white paper is ready to go, simply login to TEC’s white paper site and click on the Submit Paper tab.

If you’re not already a member, please complete our Membership Form. It’s free and there’s no obligation!

Once you have submitted your company’s information, you will be directed to a section called “Document Uploader”—where you will upload your white paper and corporate logo. Follow the onscreen prompts for

  • Document Selection – allows you to browse your computer to select the white paper document you want to upload

  • Keyword Selection – these words will be used for our search engine

  • Document Classification – this helps to classify your white paper into the right category and industry


Now that you’ve submitted your document, the thousands of visitors that visit TEC’s website regularly will have a chance to read your white paper and learn about your products and services. You’ll gain exposure to your software solutions, helping to keep you competitive in today’s market.

Someone from TEC’s team will be in touch with you to discuss how TEC may be able to better serve you.

In the meantime, here are some other quick web links that may be of interest to you.

Quick links for software vendors:

TEC’s Technology Directory
http://www.technologyevaluation.com/showcases/Technology-Directory/
Vendor Showcase
http://www.vendor-showcase.com/
VARs Showcase
http://www.technologyevaluation.com/showcases/VARs/
Consultants Showcase
http://www.technologyevaluation.com/showcases/Consultants/
 
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