There is certainly room to ask the fundamental question of whether the traditional practice of RFI/RFP-based selection processes has been adequate for the task of selecting complex systems. The record indicates there is much room for improvement. In essence, for complex selections like in the case of enterprise applications, the human-machine combination has to work together to drive the solution.
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vertical solutions (e.g., automotive, electronics, food & beverage, etc.), sometimes to business process-based solutions (e.g., design-to-produce, source-to-settle), but always to horizontal functional modules (e.g., general ledger, accounts payable, procurement, engineering and design, shop floor control, etc.). The reasons for grouping functions and features horizontally are numerous, but the first one would be the traditional staff's specialization into different functional areas. It is often