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The Rapid Application Selection Framework

Select your applications better, faster, and cheaper.

  • Selection takes forever. Traditional software selection drags on for years, sometimes in perpetuity.
  • IT is viewed as a bottleneck and the business has taken control of software selection.
  • “Gut feel” decisions rule the day. Intuition, not hard data, guides selection, leading to poor outcomes.
  • Negotiations are a losing battle. Money is left on the table by inexperienced negotiators.
  • Overall: Poor selection processes lead to wasted time, wasted effort, and applications that continually disappoint.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Adopt a formal methodology to accelerate and improve software selection results.
  • Improve business satisfaction by including the right stakeholders and delivering new applications on a truly timely basis.
  • Kill the “sacred cow” requirements that only exist because “it’s how we’ve always done it.”
  • Forget about “RFP” overload and hone in on the features that matter to your organization.
  • Skip the guesswork and validate decisions with real data.
  • Take control of vendor “dog and pony shows” with single-day, high-value, low-effort, rapid-fire investigative interviews.
  • Master vendor negotiations and never leave money on the table.

Impact and Result

Improving software selection is a critical project that will deliver huge value.

  • Hit a home run with your business stakeholders: use a data-driven approach to select the right application vendor for their needs – fast.
  • Shatter stakeholder expectations with truly rapid application selections.
  • Boost collaboration and crush the broken telephone with concise and effective stakeholder meetings.
  • Lock in hard savings and do not pay list price by using data-driven tactics.

The Rapid Application Selection Framework Research & Tools

1. The Rapid Application Selection Framework

  • A complete framework to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of software selection
  • All necessary training and tools for IT leaders and business stakeholders
  • Adopt this framework to:
    • Improve the effectiveness of software selection.
    • Reduce the time to select software.
    • Reduce the cost of the applications you procure.

2. The Guide to Software Selection: A Business Stakeholder Manual

  • This guide has been built to share with your business leaders and stakeholders.
  • It provides a clear methodology that sets expectations with stakeholders and encourages them to uses software selection best practices to improve selection results.
  • This customizable guide helps you train and guide your business stakeholders as they participate in software selection projects.

3. The Software Selection Workbook

  • This critical template helps you capture and document your selection process and decisions.
  • This practical template streamlines your selection workflow and provides easy-to-follow guidelines with practical examples.
  • It is a reusable template for all of your software selection decisions.

4. The Vendor Evaluation Workbook

  • The Vendor Evaluation Workbook provides a reusable scorecard system for ranking and comparing vendors.
  • This practical template can accelerate and improve your selection process.
  • It is a reusable workbook for each of your software selection decisions.

Member Testimonials

After each Info-Tech experience, we ask our members to quantify the real-time savings, monetary impact, and project improvements our research helped them achieve. See our top member experiences for this blueprint and what our clients have to say.

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Overall Impact

$37,614


Average $ Saved

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Curaleaf, Inc.

Guided Implementation

10/10

$32,499

20

Having a framework we can use is the best part.

The Huntington National Bank

Workshop

10/10

$64,999

10

The best part was the simple structure of the framework and focused discussions. The worst part was the vendor comparison discussion as it did not ... Read More

State of South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications

Workshop

10/10

$35,749

20

Kieran skillfully allowed the conversation to continue naturally and then bring us back to the agenda. We walked away with a lot of direction for t... Read More

The American Institute of Architects

Guided Implementation

10/10

$90,999

50

My experience is still ongoing. However, the best parts have been the resources and suggestions given by Yaz. The structure of the process is alr... Read More

ISSofBC

Guided Implementation

9/10

$10,000

20

The RASF methodology was very helpful. The guidance and support we received from Yaz and Ben was excellent.

Earlham College

Guided Implementation

9/10

$32,499

10

The Info-Tech analyst has moved us through the process quickly and efficiently. The analyst has also covered key points for us to consider and assi... Read More

Mountain Pacific Quality Health

Guided Implementation

10/10

$12,999

9

Yaz was professional and very detailed. Very satisfied.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Guided Implementation

10/10

$25,000

10

Overall, good engagement and the Info-Tech analyst understood the intent of the engagement and vendor analysis. The committed timeframe for deliver... Read More

Mencap

Guided Implementation

6/10

$3,116

2

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Guided Implementation

9/10

$10,000

10

Fuchs Lubricants Co., North America

Guided Implementation

9/10

$12,999

2

Royal Canadian Mint

Guided Implementation

8/10

$17,500

14

I like the engagement with Yaz they are very useful. Constructive criticism: A proper introduction at the beginning of the meetings in front ... Read More

Sun River Health

Guided Implementation

10/10

$35,749

120

eHealth Saskatchewan

Guided Implementation

8/10

$1,800

5

This indicated there was the material we needed available. Challenges scheduling.

Northeast Credit Union

Guided Implementation

10/10

$32,499

14

Thomas was knowledgeable and very helpful in narrowing the field of vendors to the 4-5 we should be concentrating on. He supplied us with a vendor... Read More

Royal Canadian Mint

Guided Implementation

8/10

$45,000

55

Hollister Incorporated

Workshop

10/10

$97,499

50

The workshop was well planned and executed. Tom was an excellent facilitator and the output has exceeded expectations.

Insearch Ltd.

Guided Implementation

9/10

$3,000

2

Thomas was extremely helpful and vast amount of knowledge

PowerNet Limited

Guided Implementation

9/10

$71,499

20

Rapid Application Selection Framework looks to be very good and the presentation by Thomas explained it well.

Massy Group

Guided Implementation

10/10

$11,699

18

Thomas is fabulous. His knowledge and experience shines through!

Bruce Power L P

Guided Implementation

8/10

$300K

20

Sai was great. Clearly explained the process and delivered when he said he would.

Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick

Guided Implementation

9/10

$10,000

10

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

90

James Cook University

Guided Implementation

9/10

$11,699

5

Erie 1 Board of Co-op Education Services

Guided Implementation

8/10

$2,599

2

The engagement provided information from the websites of vendors with the perspective of the analyst. It was advantageous to have conversations abo... Read More

Irving Oil Limited

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

35

Pleasure to deal with always. Extremely knowledgeable and wonderful guidance from start to finish.

Canadian Commercial Corporation

Guided Implementation

10/10

$2,000

5

Westmoreland Mining LLC

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Unfortunately don't know what kind of time or monetary impact that was had but the work from Thomas and Infotech, and their information provided a ... Read More

Ipsen Pharma SAS

Guided Implementation

10/10

$31,499

14

Modesto Irrigation District

Guided Implementation

10/10

$31,499

32

Best: all of the information provided was very relevant to the scope of the pending project. Worst: nothing. I can't think of anything negative.

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Overall Impact

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Average $ Saved

23
Average Days Saved

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