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Buying Business Software

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"Any fool can buy a new machine; but will it still be working in a years' time?"


This was advise given to me many years ago as a departmental manager in a factory. I have since learnt that the same advise applies to software. Buying new software without considering whether it will actually meet the specific needs of the organization is a mistake.

A key question is

"What are the specific business problems and objectives that the software is expected to solve?"


Once there is a clear understanding of what is needed, then different software options can be researched and evaluated. This includes looking at features, pricing, and vendor reputation, as well as any other factors that are important to the organization.

It is critical to choose the correct vendor: will the vendor, and by extension, the platform itself, still exist at the end of the contract?

After the software is purchased, it may take an extended period to implement properly and ensure successful adoption by users.


Workshop

What kind of business is this for?
Any business: from solopreneur upwards.
 
Who is this for?
SME Company Directors
Directors in waiting
Management KTP Associates
 
Why attend?
Understand what can go wrong in selecting software
 
Business Benefits
Better understanding of the approaches to avoid expensive mistakes
 
Topics covered
  1. Do you have a ranked shopping list of features? What are you willing do do without?
  2. What are the motivations for change?
  3. Research and evaluation
  4. Vendor assessment and selection
  5. What are their pricing models?
  6. Implementation and adoption: Total Cost of Ownership
  7. Software management, best practices, corporate policy

Venues
Bordon BASE (Opens a new window), Barbados Road, Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 0FX.
Fareham Innovation Centre (Opens a new window), Meteor Way, Fareham, Hampshire, PO13 9FU.
This is not a 'hybrid' event: there will be no remote attendance.
 
Date
Spring 2023.
 
Booking and Waiting List
If you're interested in being informed of future dates, please write to enquiries@esm.solutions (Opens your mail client).

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