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Five steps to buying the right package software

Package software is often one of the largest technology expenditures of a business. The promise of package software is compelling: replace unwieldy custom applications developed in-house with a standardized, integrated system, built on processes based on the latest industry best practices.

All this is combined with promises of a fast implementation and relat......

Full article >>> out the availability of best practices built into the software, but what they are really selling is a particular process for completing a business transaction. Each vendor handles a process, such as issuing a purchase order, or creating a marketing campaign in a particular manner. If one of your key concerns is building a new customer invoicing process, pay particular attention to how the process ......

Full article >>> ers and systems people who see the package as a new software-development environment. These people tend to be sold on the features and coolness factor of a particular package, and since they rarely understand the complexities of a particular business process, or what benefits and drawbacks a packaged process will offer, they prefer a technical fit that may not be a business fit.

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Full article >>> t by order of priority, and resist the temptation to spend 80 percent of your time focusing on the three percent of your business that is overly complex or exception-based. A package generates cost savings by standardizing and eliminating exception processes and unique business processes; do not bake these in before you have even signed the check for the software.

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Full article >>> es can often be accomplished in a rapid manner, but many businesses underestimate the time required for any needed customizations, or changes to the process side of the business that will be required for the implementation to be successful. Required interfaces to legacy systems also can rapidly become a black hole and consume vast amounts of time and money.

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While some of the luster around package software has faded since true end-to-end solutions began appearing in the early 1990s, it is still an excellent solution to many business problems: replacing aging legacy applications, integrating business processes, and lowering maintenance costs, among others.

Selecting software with these five criteria in mind can make the implem......

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Source:wistechnology.com By Patrick Gray 02/14/07


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