Making sure you spend wisely on technology

in BusinessWeek

Many organizations buy software based on analyst or peer recommendations. While this is a better business practice than simply buying blindly, the problem is that no one can tell you how a particular software product will actually fit into the way your organization works. In other words, a given software product may well work, but not work for you.

For this reason, companies should be looking at low- or no-cost ways to evaluate and use software products with limited contractual commitments. Open source and software-as-a-service (SaaS) both provide a way for companies to accomplish this.

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