For the rest of this week, I am devoting the blog topic to that of the act of selecting software for purchase. Today, I will discuss how to figure out how to do that for yourself, if that is your plan. Consider today the “free stuff” day because I’ll list some articles on this topic which are free to access.
First of all, the act of selecting software has not changed, much. While it remains one of the top requests for article topics to the industry magazines and, thus, to people like me who have been writing those articles, the actual activity of product selection hasn’t actually changed. Yet, each year, our industry and other industries, spend some amount of our resources writing yet more articles on the topic. The reasons for this are:
- Customers keep requesting this topic.
- Few customers seem to think to use the archives function the magazines provide, which would give them plenty of material on this topic.
- Magazines think that each article provides some different piece of knowledge or “spin” on the topic. But after all these years, I can’t imagine much more anyone could say about this topic.
Instead of spending a lot of time on writing yet another magazine article on this topic, here are references to some of my previous articles and blog postings on the topic because they are still relevant and the last link is for the Resources page on my web-site where you will find other articles relevant to those people who are starting the process, and you could do more searches within this blog, too:
“10 Mistakes To Avoid in Selecting LIMS and LI Software” http://www.scientificcomputing.com/10-mistakes-to-avoid-in-selecting.aspx
“Smart Software Purchasing” http://www.labmanager.com/articles.asp?ID=337
“Selecting A Product or Services Using the RFP Process” http://www.geometrick.com/art/using-rfp-process.html
“Selecting Your Product” http://www.geometrick.com/art/selecting-your-product.html
“Product Selection” http://outonalims.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/product-selection/
In fact, pick-up any article in this industry or any other similar industry (such as ERP-Enterprise Resource Planning) and you will find plenty of articles to get you started.