Topic: "Software Selection Mistakes"

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A Software Implementation Nightmare of Epic Proportions – Part 5

April 21st 2011

Non-profit organizations are designed to help others. But sometimes they can’t help themselves. In the case of “Hope”, we’ve seen how good intentions without good information morphed into a project far beyond financial reach. Related Posts:A Software Implementation Nightmare of Epic Proportions – Part 4A Software Implementation Nightmare of Epic Proportions – Part 3A Software [...]

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A Software Implementation Nightmare of Epic Proportions – Part 4

April 14th 2011

The software horrors at “Hope”, the multi-national non-profit charity, have racked up by the minute. What started out as a plan to simplify, improve efficiency and expand donations turned into trial balloon filled with hot air. Project delays, changes and problems have sent costs skyward. Related Posts:A Software Implementation Nightmare of Epic Proportions – Part [...]

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A Software Implementation Nightmare of Epic Proportions – Part 3

April 7th 2011

The case study of “Hope” reveals much about the human condition that is applicable inside the corporate boardroom and wherever people gather together to think up new ways to do business more efficiently and effectively. But sometimes vision gets in the way of reality, and it becomes impossible to see the truth for fear of [...]

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A Software Implementation Nightmare of Epic Proportions – Part 2

March 31st 2011

Software ThinkTank has been chronicling the case of “Hope”, a multi-million dollar North American charity, that found itself battling a hydra-headed monster in the form of a software project gone seriously wrong. Related Posts:A Software Implementation Nightmare of Epic Proportions – Part 5A Software Implementation Nightmare of Epic Proportions – Part 4A Software Implementation Nightmare [...]

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A Software Implementation Nightmare of Epic Proportions – Part 1

March 24th 2011

Today, Software ThinkTank launches a five-part series revealing the ultimate horror show – a high-cost technology implementation that goes terribly wrong. This is the stuff of nightmares. Its victims: missionaries, compassionate donors and impoverished children. Related Posts:A Software Implementation Nightmare of Epic Proportions – Part 5A Software Implementation Nightmare of Epic Proportions – Part 4A [...]

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Check Your Blind Spot with a 360-Degree Review

March 11th 2011

We’ve already determined there is no such thing as a truly unbiased opinion. Given that, the pivotal determining factor to finding the right solution provider rests with one thing – you, and your ability to see your own strengths and weaknesses. Related Posts:Suitemates – The Reality BIG ERP Doesn’t Want You To SeeStill Relying on [...]

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Looking For An Unbiased Opinion? Get Over It!

February 10th 2011

Your boss has set you off on a mission – get the best software you can for the best price you can, and make sure it works! So how do most people go about tackling that very common problem? They head out in search of a company that can provide them with that elusive product: [...]

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A Strategic Shift From IT-Controlled Software Selection

February 1st 2011

Think the best approach to buying business management software is to pass it off to your IT department? Think again. Though IT plays a critical role, a more strategic approach will ensure you don’t limit the potential benefits of your new systems investment. Including all leadership team members can: Boost executive buy-in while driving down [...]

RFPs as Extinct as Dinosaurs

Still Relying on RFPs to Buy ERP?

January 31st 2011

Using RFPs to select business management software is quickly going the way of the dinosaur. Software vendors and solution providers are increasingly refusing to respond to RFPs because of disappointing success rates – putting you in danger of choosing a poor match for your company’s needs. Related Posts:Which ERP Should You Choose?Check Your Blind Spot [...]

Problems with Hiring a Third-Party Software Selection Consultant

Hiring Third-Party Consultants-A Fatally-Flawed Approach

January 20th 2011

Think using an independent third-party software consultant is a sure way to ensure an unbiased decision that will guarantee project success? In fact, a third-party consultant may lead to: Industry-specific needs being ignored. Biased advice based on the consultant’s objectives and motivations. Legitimate ideas being filtered out before they’re examined by senior executives. Get Engaged [...]

Why Business Executives Must Participate in the Software Selection Process

Why Executives Must be Involved in Selecting ERP

January 16th 2011

Lack of executive support is one of the Top 5 reasons business management software implementation projects fail. When executives refuse to participate, you risk: Experienced solution providers dropping out of the selection process. Limiting requirements gathering and lacking strategic priority of the organizational goals. Inaccurate proposals, change orders and eventually, friction with solution provider. Be [...]

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The Dangers of Dashboard Distraction

December 10th 2010

Buying software solely based on the fancy graphics of its dashboard could leave you with a business management solution that looks pretty, but fails to deliver the data you need. Related Posts:Build a Win-Win Relationship with Your Solution ProviderShould you buy business software based on a demo?The Hidden Dangers of an RFPThe Hidden Dangers of [...]

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The Hidden Dangers of an RFPThe Hidden Dangers of an RFPThe Hidden Dangers of an RFP

December 8th 2010

Selecting a new business management system is one of the most critical decisions a company can make. The investment of money, time and change in processes that come with a software implementation has a profound impact on any company, making it imperative that the right product and service provider are identified during the selection process. [...]

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Build a Win-Win Relationship with Your Solution Provider

November 18th 2010

When it comes to striking business deals that work, playing Texas Hold ‘Em isn’t always the best strategy. In fact, it can hurt you. Related Posts:The Dangers of Dashboard DistractionGuarantee Solution Provider Selection SuccessShould you buy business software based on a demo?The Hidden Dangers of an RFPThe Hidden Dangers of an RFPThe Hidden Dangers of [...]

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How to Tightly Control Vendors to Reduce Costs

November 15th 2010

By tightly controlling your vendors, you can make better, more informed decisions and secure lower project costs.By tightly controlling your vendors, you can make better, more informed decisions and secure lower project costs. Related Posts:Looking For An Unbiased Opinion? Get Over It!Build a Win-Win Relationship with Your Solution ProviderGuarantee Solution Provider Selection SuccessPrepare for Software [...]

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Guarantee Solution Provider Selection Success

October 24th 2010

Choosing business management software is a demanding process that will impact your business for the next 5-10 years. The wrong vendor can break your project; the right one will make it. Choosing business management software is a demanding process that will impact your business for the next 5-10 years. The wrong solution provider can break [...]

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Avoid 8 Common Software Selection Mistakes

October 12th 2010

Have you performed the due diligence needed to ensure the most important business decision you make in your career – selecting business management software – will be a successful one?Have you performed the due diligence needed to ensure the most important business decision you make in your career – selecting business management software – will [...]

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Prepare for Software Selection Success

September 2nd 2010

Did you know that for every $1 you spend preparing to make a software selection can save you $5 in implementing the solution you choose? Did you know that for every $1 you spend preparing to make a software selection can save you $5 in implementing the solution you choose? Related Posts:Should you buy business [...]

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Should you buy business software based on a demo?

July 19th 2010

Would you buy a car relying solely on the those ads with the hyper-frenetic voiceover about features that don’t really matter? Do you really care how the vehicle will look cruising through a mountain range? Or if it can be dropped by a crane without damaging it? Or that there is pure silver dust, hand-polished [...]

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ERP Implementation Failure? Top 5 Mistakes when Implementing ERP

July 7th 2010

The promises of an integrated ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution can inspire any business owner to approve a costly, time-consuming planning and execution process.  However, not all ERP implementations are successful; many end in frustration, failure and wasted resources. Related Posts:Prepare for Software Selection SuccessShould you buy business software based on a demo?How to Upgrade [...]

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Confused About Choosing an ERP Solution Provider?

May 1st 2010

Selecting your solution provider shouldn’t be a game of roulette. This white paper report arms you with the knowledge to make a smart decision. Discover how to, Avoid the common mistakes with due diligence. Utilize key selection criteria to fuel an intelligent choice. Use the provided Comparison Scorecard to track your findings. Selecting your solution [...]