Growing up, I never was one to want to share my toys. I wasn’t one to throw a temper tantrum and take my toys home, but I never really liked the whole concept of people touching my stuff. Thinking back on it, it all boiled down to the fact that I kept my toys in a certain working order, and I didn’t want little Jimmy MacMillan going and getting his scummy hands all over it.
I am sometimes guilty of overthinking things. Being a Software-type, I am over-analytical in just about everything I do. I weigh options, I seek advice, and usually I make my decision (after a while). Whenever i see people looking to invest in software, I see a similar situation. Now, being careful and analytical is very important, especially in a major investment like software, but more often than not, there are a few elements that get in the way of a good software selection process. I thought I would throw out a few easy things to remember when entering into the software selection process. This is a simplified list, but it does give a certain perspective to the whole endeavor.
The question of the day is "Can we all be Common?" More on that in a minute.
In a market where high-demand causes organizations to seek software systems that will fit into their complex business infrastructure, the pressure to find the right system often causes against to many. Couple that with the host of options out there, and the pressure builds. Often, organizations will "settle" on a system that has most of the functionality they need, but feel that uneasy feeling we all get when we don't get everything we want. That being said, I thought it best to lay out my "8 Simple Rules" on what to look for in a QMS (I have covered this in more detail here).
In an enterprise quality management software, scalability is usually measured in terms of performance: how many active users, how much memory used, how much bandwidth, how many processors and how fast they are. Scalability using these performance metrics is critical and a must have for any enterprise software, but not sufficient. Equally important is scalability of administration.