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July 3, 2023

Software Selection Consulting Services

Selecting new software can be a daunting process. Our Software Selections Consulting Services Group helps ensure that you have the right information you need when communicating with potential software vendors.

Software Functional Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis

We will work with you to identify the core functional requirements that are needed for the company, including:

  • Assisting with creating a business case that describes the problem or opportunity and how the new software will solve the problem or develop the opportunity.
  • Supporting the creation of a project team and a project plan that will clarify outcomes, roles, milestones, and communication vehicles.
  • Helping to define the desired outcome so that the software meets your current and future needs.
  • Interviewing key users and surveying select groups regarding their functional needs and alignment to strategy. This includes users that enter transactions into the system, as well as stakeholders who rely on management reporting or other information from the system and owners of other integrated applications.
  • Compiling the functional system requirements and working with the project team to prioritize the requirements. This includes collecting non-functional requirements, such as audit, security, privacy, and other items to consider.
  • Assisting in documenting a gap analysis, which identifies the gaps in the current system in meeting the identified core needs.

Demonstrations and Vendor Selection

We will serve as a project manager alongside the project team to identify the vendors to receive the request for information or proposal, coordinate the responses and demonstrations, and provide evaluation tools to the project team for a successful vendor selection process.

Project Management and Advisory Support

Our professionals are available to assist with:

  • Provide project management and support to the project team during implementation and post-implementation assessment.
  • Availability of subject matter experts across our firm to support technology, accounting, and tax issues that arise during implementation.

While most start this process with the goal of replacing an existing system, in some cases updating or improving processes within the current system is all that is needed. Additionally, if you’re not ready for a full functional needs assessment or have a specific problem you’re trying to solve, consider a software check-up. This could include review of the existing software or specific gap to identify opportunities for process efficiencies, upgrades, training, reporting, spreadsheet reduction, third-party add-ons, integrations with other systems, and security to better utilize your people, processes, and technology.

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We understand it’s not always easy to know what your organization needs to grow. Contact us today to start a collaborative conversation on the best solution for you.

Vincent J. Stevens

Maybe it’s being married to his high school sweetheart, maybe it’s all the kayaking, or maybe it’s the fresh Northwest air; but something inspires Vincent to paint – and quite well, in fact. One of his paintings traveled the world in an exhibition. He wishes he could have tagged along.

CPA, CGMA | Shareholder

Cheryl R. Olson

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CPA, CGMA | Director, Solutions Strategist