Software Evaluation Policy Promotes Thorough, Fair Purchasing Decisions

John Storts
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Application Modernization Is Next Cost-Containment Play

According to a survey, many IT organizations are starting to turn their attention toward application modernization.

Given how expensive application upgrades can be, the lack of a clear policy for evaluating software options can lead to disaster. If you make a poor choice based on incomplete or faulty information, not only will you have spent money unwisely, you may end up with software that isn't right for the job.


The City and County of San Francisco Committee on Information Technology (COIT) created a software evaluation policy that helps the organization make thorough and fair decisions based on potential operational benefits and total cost of ownership.


The policy encourages the consideration of open source as well as commercial software and is designed to ensure that all viable alternatives are examined by the appropriate departments. The goal is to promote "a rigorous evaluation process [that] will help departments make software choices that meet operational requirements, reduce costs and possibly speed the time to bring software applications into production."


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