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Software Selection: An Approach
Selecting package software can have long-term benefits or long-term regrets. To avoid the latter, your approach needs to be sound, logical, and prudent. It also

grade score score  viewed as a high grade of 2. The proposal costs to include software, annual maintenance, implementation assistance, and modifications can now be evaluated against the functionality scores. If a vendor has a high functionality score but is also high in terms of total costs, you must determine if the costs justify the functionality. After team members complete their evaluations, a consensus must be reached and vendors are ranked. This is your preliminary list of vendors and sequence in which you will

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