A Guide to Software Package Evaluation & Selection: The by Nathan Hollander

By Nathan Hollander

Discovering the fitting software program for an organization is downright frightening! even if it really is for stock, e-commerce, accounting, e mail, or no matter what else the corporate wishes, a bad software program selection has destructive ripple results that may undermine company for years yet to come (and harm reputations as well). This pragmatic ebook is for a person charged with comparing and selecting an program. It presents a scientific process for choosing the simplest software program. In cautious aspect, the ebook courses readers via every one key step to acquiring a package deal that meets their wishes, in accordance with: severe specifications, price range, tradition, and in-house technical services. Readers how one can: * Create a request for idea (RFP), after which know the way to completely review the proprietors' responses * safely evaluate necessities opposed to the package deal * make sure that the seller demonstrations relatively aid them ensure if the software program can do the activity they wish * examine the software program corporation to ensure it really is trustworthy * Negotiate the agreement to the organization's virtue.

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Many vendors rewrote their packages using CASE tools so that they can produce programs that will run on the UNIX operating system. This allows the vendor to easily produce programs to run on other operating systems and databases without having to modify the design in the Upper CASE tool. If the vendor wants to produce programs that run on other operating systems and/or databases, then all the software vendor has to do is tell the Lower CASE tool to produce the code for the new operating system and database.

For example, a company may want a package that meets their future requirements and is easy to implement. But meeting future re- Page 4 quirements often requires purchasing a package that uses the latest technology. A package that is based on the latest technology can be problematic to implement. Because the package is new and has not been successfully implemented by other companies, it will likely contain bugs. This will cause the package to be difficult to implement. There are different technology choices a company has to pick from when selecting a new package, just as you may have a few houses to pick from when looking to buy one.

If mathematical calculations are used, they should be clearly specified. For example, ability of the system to calculate the labor efficiency variance using the formula Actual Labor Cost divided by Frozen Standard Labor Cost. This sounds obvious to a cost accountant. Yet one major package did not use the frozen standard cost and for those companies that assumed it did found at the end of the year that they had major financial discrepancies. So, remember, do not assume the package is performing the calculation correctly.

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