Flexibility as a Feature

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While working technology selection projects, one feature that I like to look at is flexibility. In the past, flexibility wasn’t exactly a feature that was touted by many vendors, but in recent years, we’ve seen more folks highlight their solutions as  being flexible, customizable and able to do multiple functions for a business. Flexibility – […]

User Personas for Technology Selection Projects

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I’ve been playing around with the idea of User Personas for use in technology selection projects.  I’ve used user personas while building various websites and applications, but never used them (or heard of them being used) in technology selection projects. If you aren’t familiar with the idea of user personas, go read Ten Steps to […]

Sitecore or Sharepoint – which is the better CMS platform?

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I’ve been talking to quite a few folks recently about Sharepoint 2010 to get feedback and insight into the product’s current acceptance and usage rate. One key area that interests me is around content management and content management systems. I’ve worked with a lot of them in the past and my two favorites right now […]

Flexible tools and platforms for a changing world

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In the IT world, we tend to take a single-minded approach to our technology platforms.   We have email systems. We have web systems. We have HR and Finance systems. Many organizations are implementing collaboration tools and social tools in the enterprise.  But…most organizations are implementing these platforms with blinders on without long-term plans for how […]

Technology Selection, Acceptance & Culture

Technology Selection, Adoption & Culture

In my article titled Technology Selection and Cultural Fit, I argue that cultural fit is an important aspect to consider when undertaking Technology Selection projects. While the article was well received by most folks, I did have a few people comment (privately via email and twitter DM) that I was making some broad statements that couldn’t […]

Technology Selection and Cultural Fit

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Did you know that technology selection is about much more than technology? Yep…its true…..but most people don’t realize it. Many in the IT world love to get asked to be a part of a technology selection project. These types of projects usually provide a learning opportunity for everyone on the team and an chance to […]

Technology Selection Revisted

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If you didn’t believe my ramblings in “Common Sense and Technology Selection“, I’ve got a nice anecdotal (and funny) story that backs up my assertion that common sense is lacking in the technology selection process in most organizations. Jump over to The Daily WTF and read this story….I’ll wait for you. Go. Did you read […]