So you’ve been assigned to evaluate a new technology or application for your organization. Yikes! What next?
First of all, remember that you’re not alone. Many growing organizations are faced with the task of selecting a increasingly wide variety of sophisticated solutions for endpoint security, cloud initiatives, systems management and more. Accordingly, the codification of the fuzzy art surrounding the evaluation process itself has become increasingly important. It’s no long enough to cobble together an ad hoc committee, draft a list of requirements and then let the vendor pitches commence. Planning for and defining the components of the evaluation process are now an essential piece of the bigger project, and critical to its success.
Developing a comprehensive, reusable solution evaluation methodology
Some of these planning steps may seem obvious, while others take a bit more concentrated brain power to articulate. This list of seven key questions will help you develop a more comprehensive solution evaluation methodology:
There’s no doubt that solution evaluations require work — and lots of it. But as technology evolves and new offerings enter the market, the evaluation process itself becomes an even more critical foundation for future success.
Applying the evaluation methodology to systems management solutions
If you’re in the market for a systems management solution, we’ve done some of the work for you. Our new Endpoint Systems Management Evaluation Guide lays out a comprehensive list of features and functionality to look for in any candidate solution, helping to make the systems management solution evaluation process as inclusive and straightforward as possible, In fact, even if you’re not currently looking for systems management software at the moment, you might still find it useful to take a look at the guide and perhaps even use it as a template for your own list of questions and solution criteria.