This is a high-risk area with potentially great rewards. You can call a few potential systems suppliers for a quote, maybe ask your accountant for a recommendation, then choose one. Unfortunately. you’re never going to be able to compare apples to apples. In fact you’ll be lucky if any of the quotes are even remotely comparable.
Why is this? Because each supplier wants to quote you on their system.
If you’re spending more than a few thousand dollars, getting some quotes is unlikely to get you what you need.
The best way to compare different options is to issue a Request for Proposal. This is often called an RFP. In an RFP, you write the specifications, so you should receive comparable quotes. So, you prepare a fairly comprehensive RFP and send it to the potential suppliers. They get back to you with their proposal.
The big problem is: Who do you believe?
The salespeople (consultants, systems integrators, software providers) have something to sell ...
their computer system. You need answers you can trust to these questions:
As an independent, our business consulting expertise gives you expert business advice. We speak the language of information technology and the language of business, so we can evaluate the options. We have no axe to grind. No hidden agenda. We are not trying to sell you anything but the truth. Let us:
It's your choice. Computer systems are no different from other investments in your business. You can invest the time...and a little more money...before you start. Or you can spend more time and money later to handle the issues that you could have discovered up front.
"There's never enough time to do it right up front, but you always have to find the time to fix it later."
Call (604) 889-4199 and let us help you make the right decisions for YOUR business.
RFPs help you compare quotes from different suppliers.
We can help you prepare an effective RFP, so you’ll get meaningful quotes.
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Computer systems are complex and have lots of hidden costs.
We can help you determine what your business needs.