The Tell-All Guide to Buying Software

How to manage the process and what questions to ask

In this guide, we outline ten key steps to the software buying process, including tips for setting yourself up for success, meeting with vendors, and evaluating your options.

Whether this is your first time buying business software or you’re a seasoned purchasing vet, this guide is designed to help you:

  • Save time.​ Making a strategic software purchase can take time. We’re committed to going through it with you, and sharing all that’s involved up front so you can enter the process fully knowing what it will take. By knowing what lays ahead, you can ask the right questions at the right time, and avoid needing to backtrack.
  • Conduct your due diligence.​ When you decide to license a new software solution, you should feel confident in your choice. Most companies in emerging categories won’t have established reputations, so it’s particularly important to thoroughly evaluate all options. By sharing what technology buyers typically consider, we hope that by the time you partner with Alloy or another provider, you’ll know you’ve done your due diligence and can move forward with conviction.
  • Achieve your goals.​ By understanding all the steps involved in buying software, you’ll be equipped to keep the process moving along and maintain the momentum of your project. A common pitfall is letting the evaluation process continue on too long, during which time new business priorities arise. The pain and needs are real, but once a project loses steam, it can be hard to recover—a fate we’re working to avoid so you can accomplish your objectives.

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