Monday, September 10,
Network of San Diego
Topic: Selecting enterprise software to meet
Speaker: Chris Doig, Wayferry
Major software purchases like ERP
are huge risks for companies, and yet less than 10% of these purchases meet
expectations. With the five-year total cost of ownership of these software
products running into tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, you must wonder
why this happens so often.
This presentation explains what goes
wrong when making these major software purchases, why it happens and how to fix
the problem. Chris will cover topics like using reverse engineering techniques
to discover unknown requirements and designing selection projects to prime the
implementation for success.
Chris Doig is the CEO and founder of
Wayferry, and the thought leader behind the company. Having observed major
software purchases fail to meet expectations in several companies and
experienced buyer’s remorse himself, he knew there had to be a better way.
Using his engineering background, he developed a new way to evaluate enterprise
software that solves problems like scope creep, vendors misrepresenting their
products, and implementations that cost much more than expected.
For several years Chris has been a
regular writer for CIO.com, sharing what he has learned about selecting
enterprise software. He used these articles as the basis for a book recently
published on Amazon: Rethinking Enterprise Software Selection: Stop buying
square pegs for round holes.
Chris graduated from the University
of Cape Town, South Africa with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree. In
the mid-nineties, he immigrated to the United States and worked at several
companies in technical and IT management roles: Seagate, Biogen, Netflix,
Boeing, Bechtel SAIC, Discovery Communications and a few startups. The problems
he observed at those companies led directly to him founding Wayferry.