By: Drew Sine - IT Manager at Endeavor Consulting Group, LLC
Today’s internet-enabled world demands businesses move faster than ever and there are no signs this will change anytime soon. At the same time, the market demands that companies maximize the value of every dollar they spend. Delivering high value quickly is a tall order, but there are things that can be done to improve the chances of finding an optimal solution quickly. Here are a few things to keep in mind when identifying a solution.
Most of your solution requirements are likely very similar to those of other successfully completed projects. Make sure to seek out and consider alternatives that likely exist before creating something from scratch. Look for off-the-shelf configurable solutions. They can often be delivered more quickly. Do not reinvent the wheel.
Google almost any topic related to what you’re trying to achieve and you’re likely to find more than a few opinions on how to achieve it. The smartest people I’ve worked with are also the most likely to consider the opinions of others. Be sure to do the same. When evaluating, designing, and/or building solutions, solicit opinions/suggestions from people online, customers, and colleagues. All can be terrific sources of information. When considering others’ opinions, really listen, and keep an open mind.
Even though business needs are often very similar company to company, things like budgets, headcount, or worker skills can differ. As you work towards delivering an optimal solution, be sure to consider any constraints the business you’re working with has. No sense selecting a luxury sedan when an economy car is the best option.
One of Endeavor’s greatest differentiators is the breadth and depth of knowledge within our organization and the wide variety of solutions we’ve delivered for companies large and small. As we work towards identifying an optimal solution for a partner, we strive to learn from what’s been done before and from those who did it. At the same time, we stay on the lookout to identify and address any constraints our partner might have as we consider various options.