Falling in blind love with a technology, and finding out after the fact
that it won't do what you need it do (or at least as easily as you thought it
If you are currently using spreadsheets to do your planning, or if you haven't
been in the market for new planning software in a while, it's easy get get
dazzled by technology and want to believe it will provide all that you're
Likewise, if there is a feature that particularly impresses you, a "halo
effect" can blind you to a product's soft spots.
That's why many companies find out after the fact that the product they've
chosen isn't able to do all that's needed to be done, as easily and as cleanly
as was first thought.
Without really putting vendors through the paces, scrutinizing their offering,
it can be easy to make the wrong choice; one you may have to live with for
can be done?
We have developed a process, based on years of assisting companies in choosing
the right vendor, that facilitates the selection process. These are the steps
that we we take clients through. It's known as the The Buttonwood
7 Step Process for finding and selecting a planning software vendor,
and you can review it on this web site. You might want to pay particular
attention to Step 5: Scrutinize the Short List for
specific tools and procedures you can use to put a short list of vendors
through the paces.
If you have any questions about the process, or would like to find out how we
can support your efforts to find the right vendor for your circumstances,
please contact us.