Six Tips to Assist in Choosing the Right Technology for Your Business
By Wes Dean Vice President of Information Technology, M3 Accounting Services | January 2013
Serving nearly 30 years in technology roles, I'm frequently asked to weigh in on choosing the optimal technology solution for various situations. The search may be for the best development language to utilize to build a certain application, which technology platform is better than another, or it may be which database software is best for high volumes of data storage and retrieval, and so forth.
More so than in the past, these requests may cross multiple delivery paradigms such as Internet-based solutions combined with wireless applications. Add in the cloud-based movement and its many variations (public clouds, private clouds, and combining portions of each) and the options become more complex. And it's not just about the platform or tools; the request is often to find THE best overall solution, or combination of solutions, to support a specific business goal or meet a specific client need.
To help make these decisions, I've spent countless hours reading tech specs, feature function collateral, white papers and books on technology platforms, tools and methodologies, as well as conducting feature reviews, benchmarking tests and capability tests. It's a comprehensive process that works well for me, but it's not the only way to approach decision-making.
As the key decision-maker, you may not have the time, technical background or resources available to go through that same research process. So, how can you and your team determine your options and have confidence that a good decision was made?
In my experience, I've discovered there are six basic keys to selecting the best technology solution – defined as bringing the greatest benefit, given your capability, in meeting the specific needs of your company:
1. Get on the same page with your technology provider