Framework for Selecting Technology
During a recent Digital Asset Management (DAM) event, Real Story Group shared their framework for evaluating DAM systems. It's a good system for evaluating any technology. The process helps create a shared vocabulary, tangible artifacts, and a trust-based, team culture. Below are notes we collected. The talk was presented by Jarrod Gingras. Additional information can be found at:
- and this book, The Right Way To Select Technology.
Why do more than half of all technology projects fail?
- Doomed from the start because the wrong product was selected!
Don't let it come down to guessing. Beware of the following:
- Blind love.
- Happiness is a warm set of binders (or whoever can provide the most data). Do not rely on the Gartner and Forrester quadrant rankings. These are crap, biased and paid for by the vendors!
- My cousin Vinny approach. (Recommended by a friend).
- Family car approach (let's use SharePoint because it does everything — just not very well).
- Horseracing (Gambling)
Rather take a Design Thinking, Human-centered approach.
- Empathize. Describe — do not prescribe — the solution. What requirements are unique to your situation? (Avoid checklists of features.)
- Define. What are you trying to do? In the case of DAM, it might be…
- Brand Management
- Marketing Asset Management
- Enterprise Asset Management
- Video & Audio Management
- Go back to your narrative scenarios
- No PowerPoint and no canned demos
- No company history
- Just 1-6 specific scenarios from your story. These scenarios allow you to compare apples-to-apples and ask the hard questions (especially around pricing).
- Real Content
- Real Scenarios
- Real People
- Real Environment (SaaS is good)
- Scenario. How well does the solution fit within your environment and situation?
- Technology: How well does the solution fit within your existing or future-goals technology?
- Partner: How well does this solution work with your partners?
- Value: Is this solution delivering the anticipated value?
Create metrics to measure success. See the RealSore Effective Model. Rate your maturity level 1-5 across several Effectiveness Areas.
- Ad hoc
Re-evaluate once per quarter, or once per year to see how you’ve progressed. Create a roadmap to close the gaps and always to be improving. (Keep in mind a Level-3 may be good enough for your organization, and that might be your goal.)