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Mid-size Companies Have Full-size IT Issues
Information technology product selection is one issue that does not scale up or down with the size of the enterprise. The breadth and seriousness of issues that

selection column  IT investment and supplier selection a series of informed decisions. This column will continue to explore the change / size paradox. Big companies desiring speed and growing companies desiring stability. The author would appreciate feedback on material presented as well as suggestions for future study and reporting. The general theme is IT management and the goal is to make it easier to get clients what they want and what they need to succeed. About The Author Jim Dowling is VP of the Alignment Read More...
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Business Basics: Unscrubbed Data Is Poisonous Data
Most business software system changes falter--if not fail--because of only a few root causes. Data quality is one of these root causes. The cost of high data

selection column  for proposal, then the selection consultant turned to project risk analysis. Note : This note first appeared in a column by James F. Dowling in Mid-Range Computing. Look for other previously published Mid-Range Computing columns by Mr. Dowling at this site or visit Midrange Showcase at http://www.midrangecomputing.com/ . Project Risk Analysis Most business software system changes falter--if not fail--because of only a few root causes, among which poor data quality is high on the list. In this case, not Read More...
The Art And Science Of IT Architecture Design
To assure flexibility and lasting value, information system designs and product selection must be guided by an architectural plan for infrastructure and

selection column  system designs and product selection must be guided by an architectural plan for infrastructure and applications systems. The Art of architecture design is in extracting business requirements; the Science is translating them into technology solutions. Note : This note first appeared in a column by James F. Dowling in Mid - Range Computing . Look for other previously published Mid - Range Computing columns by Mr. Dowling at this site or visit Midrange Showcase at www.midrangecomputing.com/showcase/. The Read More...
Customer Relationship Management for IT Professionals
What makes a strong supplier/customer relationship? The bottom line is trust. However, trust needs to be earned through a series of conversations and

selection column  to a knowledge-based solution selection. As the consultant asked more questions about the tax issue and the algorithms, the mantra of 500 percent ROI came frequently. The consultant left the meeting with a clear set of requirements (for the wrong solution). The financial analyst took immediate steps to emphasize the fact that the company was losing money while IT action was slow. The consultant made a connection between this analyst's solution and a similar situation in two other divisions, and Read More...
EAI - The 'Crazy Glue' of Business Applications
When companies create or change trading relationships or when they swap out business application systems, information systems professionals are required to

selection column  noticed when we compared selection criteria to success criteria. It is clear that a number of selections did not sufficiently address long-term cost of ownership and operation capabilities. Several of those capabilities are described in the following table. The column titled Apparent Capability lists a number of EAI features and functions that customers included in their Request for Proposal (RFP). The Discovered Requirement provides examples of additional capabilities that at least one customer Read More...
7 Tips for EAM Selection
Enterprise asset management (EAM) software is a mission-critical tool for asset-intensive industry. These tips from some of the world’s most prominent EAM

selection column  Tips for EAM Selection Enterprise asset management (EAM) software is a mission-critical tool for asset-intensive industry. These tips from some of the world’s most prominent EAM experts will help you select the right EAM solution. The importance of usability, the ability to manage outside contractors, and other important considerations are covered here. Read More...
An Overview of the Knowledge Based Selection Process
The TechnologyEvaluation.Com’s (TEC) Knowledge Based Selection Process is a multi-part comprehensive analysis of a vendor’s tactical, strategic and qualitative

selection column  of the Knowledge Based Selection Process An Overview of the Knowledge Based Selection Process B. Spencer, J. Diezemann & J. Dowling - March 15, 2001 Introduction The TechnologyEvaluation.Com's (TEC) Knowledge Based Selection Process is a multi-part comprehensive analysis of a vendor's tactical, strategic and qualitative measures as compared to the specific business and technology needs of our clients. The selection process encompasses nine process steps: Capability Assessment/Request for Information The Read More...
That’s No Ordinary RFI-Why BPM and the TEC RFI Are So Important to Your Software Selection Project
If you’re currently involved with your company’s software selection and implementation project, then I’m sure you can appreciate how difficult this process is

selection column  Important to Your Software Selection Project If you’re currently involved with your company’s software selection and implementation project, then I’m sure you can appreciate how difficult this process is. From figuring out what you want your new system to accomplish, to “go-live”—and everything in between—enterprise software selection is no easy feat. In fact, it can be downright grueling. To start your software selection project off on the right foot, you must first define all of your Read More...
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

selection column  Prepare RFP and Rank Selection Criteria Up till now, you have been creating documentation for internal purposes. In this step you need to make this documentation fit for public consumption. Internal axioms that are second nature and obvious to your company need to have sufficient specificity to avoid confusion and misunderstanding on the part of vendors. Suggested sections for the request for proposal (RFP) are: Company Background Hardware, Network, and Software Environment Application Requirements Read More...
Best Practices for Software Selection
The cost of an enterprise system begins before a software package is even selected, and extends long after it is implemented. TEC’s software selection

selection column  Practices for Software Selection The cost of an enterprise system begins before a software package is even selected, and extends long after it is implemented. TEC’s software selection methodology helps take the risk, cost, and complexity out of the software selection process. Read More...
CRM Selections: When An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure Part Two: Using A Knowledge Base To Reduce The Time, Risk And Cost Of A CRM Selection
Using a knowledge base in the selection process can reduce the time, risk and cost of procuring technology. Well constructed knowledge bases that are used in a

selection column  Cost Of A CRM Selection Mitigating Drawbacks Through The Use Of A Knowledge Base Using a knowledge base in the selection process can reduce the time, risk and cost of procuring technology. With regard to technology selections, TEC describes a knowledge base as having three components: First , a comprehensive set of functional and technical criteria covering every functional area of an enterprise application (in this case, CRM). Second , a set of vendor ratings for the criteria on the vast majority of Read More...
Enterprise Software Selection with TEC Advisor
TEC Advisor is TEC's online software evaluation and selection system. It's designed to help you manage and make sense of the massive amount of information you

selection column  Software Selection with TEC Advisor TEC Advisor is TEC's online software evaluation and selection system. It's designed to help you manage and make sense of the massive amount of information you'll gather during your selection project. This short video gives an overview of the evaluation and selection process in TEC Advisor. Read More...
Software Evaluation, Selection, and Procurement Part Two: Recommendations for Improvement
Pursuing an alternative strategy for software evaluation and selection, based on the capital investment paradigm and the principles outlined in this article, is

selection column  Guide Software evaluation and selection is a learning process. The selection team will learn a great deal about itself, the company requirements, external software vendors, application software tools, and outside consultants. During this journey of discovery it is often helpful to take a guide someone who has been there before and can lead you through the process. When looking for a consultant to guide you through the process, look for a firm that is unbiased and has no hidden agenda. Many consulting Read More...
e-Business Service Provider Evaluation & Selection
This is a transcript of an audio conference on E-Business Service Provider Evaluation and Selection presented by TechnologyEvaluation.Com. The presentation used

selection column  Service Provider Evaluation & Selection e-Business E. Robins - August 10, 2000 Introduction Good morning everyone, my name is Dr. Eddie Robins and I am TechnologyEvaluation.com's Chief Scientist. I head up the E-Commerce Service Provider research area. This morning we're going to discuss a proven, best of breed methodology for evaluating and selecting a Digital Business Service Provider (DBSP). During the presentation, we will use TechnologyEvaluation.Com's patented online selection engine, WebTESS , to Read More...
ERP Selection Case Study: PIAB
Swedish-based PIAB is a global leader in industrial vacuum technology, and develops and sells solutions for improving productivity in the graphical, medical

selection column  Selection Case Study: PIAB Swedish-based PIAB is a global leader in industrial vacuum technology, and develops and sells solutions for improving productivity in the graphical, medical, and automobile industries, among others. Established in the 1950s, PIAB has subsidiaries and distributors in over 50 countries. In the early 2000s, PIAB sought to replace its aging enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Find out which system it chose, and why. Read More...

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