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– How to Choose?
by Sandra Noble, President
Noble & Associates Consulting,
Choices you make could be a matter of life and death. Or they could be a
matter of joy or despair. Sometimes we're not happy with any of our
alternatives. But champions know how to take lemons and make lemonade.
There's lots of excitement and enthusiasm about the 2008 US presidential
campaign. Reporter, journalists and political scientist are loving it.
I've received numerous emails with different angles and perspective on
the candidates and issues. I'm pleased that the diversity of choices has
prompted the American people to examine their values and give thought to
what's best for our country. But, do most people vote on issues? Or, are
decisions based on emotional appeal?
The internet has had a phenomenal effect on the election process. There
is data available on any and every subject. The newer technologies
enables the various modes of media to deliver more in depth coverage and
up to the minute results. We don't lack the data to make intelligent
decisions. The challenge comes in trying to process and make sense of it
I see an analogy here for selecting software and vendors. There's lots
of interesting choices in the 2008 election - a black African American,
a woman, a Mormon, a preacher. But in the United States' democratic
system of government, the impact of electing a Republican versus a
Democrat is relatively small. We have our checks and balances. But the
wrong software selection could be costly: - #1 in terms of your
organization wasting money and #2 in terms of your personal well being.
Often technology projects gone bad results in job loss or demotion. Not
to mention the cost of non-compliance with SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act) or
other regulations which your system or technology was supposed to
address. You could go to jail!
So how to make intelligent decisions in the realm of vendor / software /
technology / system selection. Noble & Associates Consulting Inc
provides evaluation and selection assistance. The above mentioned
candidate selection questionnaires are based on the premise that the
most important issues have been addressed. And the two quizzes differ in
that respect. Similarly, before any evaluation process it's important to
clarify what you're trying to accomplish and what's important.
We suggest a five step process:
1. Clarify goals and strategic direction
2. Understand and document requirements
3. Prioritize and rank requirements, and develop a scoring strategy
4. Map vendor/software/technology capabilities to requirements.
5. Evaluate and select.
Have evaluation or selection concerns?
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Sandra Noble MBA, CPIM, DCFS,
CDP, Six Sigma, is president of
Noble & Associates Consulting which specializes in IT Needs Assessments,
RFP creation, unbiased software selection assistance and we're the cure
for Post Implementation Distress™. We also have full life cycle
implementation expertise in SAP, Oracle and other enterprise-wide
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