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Software project failure is often devastating to an organization. Schedule slips, missing features, cost overruns, and/or failure to deliver real value to the business can mean the end of the project or even financial ruin for a company. Too often these mid to late term project failings can be traced back to the failure to execute a structured and methodical software evaluation, selection and justification process. While the industry statistics make an emphatic case for a more methodical and structured approach, oddly, many organizations still fail to adequately staff and fund the front-end of their Enterprise Application & Business Transformation initiatives. Further compounding the problem is the way the Application Providers set expectations for time and cost to value and how many consulting firms habitually overstate potential return on investment.

The execution of a methodical and structured PLM software evaluation, PLM software selection and PLM program justification process is vital to:
  1. Establishing stakeholder ownership and giving them insight in to how the application will improve their processes and work life quality
  2. Establishing the accurate measurable Return on Investment and the Key Performance Indicators that will be impacted
  3. Understanding the internal staff support required and the associated indirect labor cost
  4. Establishing a realistic and complete estimate of the time and cost to value
  5. Establishing the Value-adding scope of work
  6. Gaining buy-in from the Executive Sponsor
  7. Understanding the true cost of ownership
  8. Getting the project funded

Tailorable Approach

We assist companies in making strategic application decisions with technology consulting services enhanced by our superior staffs, and application expertise. Our tailorable arsenal of methods and tools enables our consultants to facilitate your evaluation, selection and justification ensuring:

  • Comprehensive validation/qualification of vendor
  • Comprehensive scope definition
  • Accurate time to value analysis & planning
  • Accurate cost to value analysis & cash flow projections
  • Accurate cost to maintain & support planning
  • Scalability and extendibility to meet the ongoing changes in the marketplace
  • Long term functional alignment of the application to current & emerging best practices

Our methods and tools are designed to enable our clients to frontend load the software selection process thereby enabling greater collaboration and concurrency of work to reduce the time and cost to vendor selection and project justification. Additionally, we have created a set of deliverables to enable vendor evaluation, selection, and justification, that reduce the time and cost to implement the new application environment.  

DSA's business technology consulting services include:

Scope & Requirements Analysis - Identification and translation of process improvement opportunities in to logical requirements aligned to specific improvements in Key Performance Indicators and long term IT Strategies/Roadmaps. We employ innovative approaches to optimize the time and cost associated with establishing a comprehensive value-adding scope while increasing the quality and usefulness of the requirements documentation to both the vendor evaluation process and longer term implementation project.

Vendor Evaluation & Qualification - We provide a comprehensive vendor evaluation capability covering; current business structure, vendor financials, quality of vendor's support and implementation staffs, geographical support capability, referenceable industry expertise, installed base, vendor reputation, quality standards and accreditations, strengths and weaknesses, future direction, potential developments

Systems selection - We provide a comprehensive capability to triangulate time, cost and quality data gathered during the selection initiative to ensure an empirically sound decision which considers all program requirements, constraints and objectives. Our PLM application domain experience includes; Teamcenter Engineering, Teamcenter Enterprise, Teamcenter Unified Platform, Teamcenter Requirements, Teamcenter Schedule Manager, Teamcenter Community, Teamcenter Compliance, Teamcenter Manufacturing, Windchill PDMLink, Windchil ProjectLink, Windchill Compliance, Arbortext, SmarTeam, MatrixOne Engineering Central, Matrix One Project Central, Enovia, AGILE PLM, SAP PLM.

Justification  - Our justification capability is widely ranging and highly tailorable to the timing and budget constraints often established for this stage of initiative. Our comprehensive capability and library of industry practice metrics and analytics enable our analysts to tailor the justification stage to meet your specific requirements for level of analysis and documentation. We can conduct comprehensive analysis of affected processes, establish New Targets for Design and align to both Key Performance Indicators and IT Strategy/Roadmap or execute as simply as conducting Capability Maturity Assessments and/or Best Practice Benchmarks to identify and calculate your specific ROI potentials.