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IT Manager's Journal: Help in Selecting Open Source: Prioritize, Analyze

Apr 28, 2005, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Chalifour)

"'What should you do to research and prepare your organization before calling on an open source vendor or consulting firm for an RFP? The company for which I work as an analyst concentrates on complex software selection issues. We've found that solutions for ERP, CRM, or SCM may fail to accomplish what customers want and often it is because customers did not begin their selection processes with a good understanding of their requirements. Thus the customer did not request and weigh the pertinent information from their chosen range of vendors. The following note discusses some issues to be aware of in selecting an open source solution. I'll finish by suggesting a simple but sophisticated means for obtaining useful and free requirements analysis to ease the selection research burden...'"

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