Monday Dec 16, 2013

Is Software Selection Now Like Online Dating? Part 2--Great Expectations

by Jim Lein | Sr. Principal Product Marketing Director | Oracle Midsize Programs | @JimLein

On Friday...I posted the first in this new series of thought leadership on software selection. This is Part 2. Moving forward, I'll be interviewing experts and sharing perspective from the Oracle community at large

One of my former Oracle colleague—a beautiful and busy, highly educated global traveler—actually met her future husband using an online dating service. He’s a surgeon and now, just before their second anniversary, she is a happy stay at home mom with a healthy new baby. But should all online daters dare to have such great expectations?

When making software choices, key decision makers at growing companies have high expectations too. And why not? We are experiencing an unprecedented time of technology innovation. Cloud solutions are proving that the sky is NOT the limit. A highly competitive market is forcing all solution providers to stay on their toes. And it seems like a new enterprise software provider comes out of the woodwork every day, touting some innovation—a previously undiscovered secret sauce—they believe will turn the software world on its ear. Yet, we don’t have to look too far back in time to recall just how hard it is to build a sustainable technology company that can meet its customers’ needs not just now but into the future as well.

Finding that perfect match is never easy. That’s why we’re embarking on this series: to help decision makers at growing companies leverage the experiences of others in finding that special…software provider.

Feel free to share your thoughts and send me a message if you’d like to discuss this timely subject.

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