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Selecting packaged enterprise software applications is a complicated process. It ranges from eliciting requirements to the creation of a Request for Proposal (RFP) and demo scripts. The solution specification stands at a chokepoint in the selection process. It compresses the documentation generated during preliminary phases in the selection project and serves as the basis for later activities. It also relieves business unit partisanship.

This note discusses the importance of the solution specification, specifically:

  • The four roles of the solution specification in enterprise software selection.
  • The core components of an effective solution specification.
  • Tips for the appropriate use of a solution specification.

An effective solution specification is a crucial part of enterprise software selection.

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