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What if vendor selection was based upon pre-defined requirements using a structured and impartial process?

Implementing a new system can be a difficult and time-consuming activity, with a significant impact upon the business if the wrong system is chosen. Understanding the business needs, and collating these into a cohesive and encompassing set of requirements, by which to define potential systems "fit for purpose", is a challenge for many firms.

Its safe to say that you can only choose a system if you are aware of its existence, and with so many systems claiming to be "tried and tested" and capable of meeting all needs, it is easy to get bogged down in the vendor's claims, rather than the system's capabilities. The management of this integral strategic decision has to be rigorous and consider systems that are not merely from legacy system providers, or whose attributes are passed on throughword of mouth, to ensure that the right technological system is chosen.