Webinar: Selecting Nonprofit Software: Technology Comes Last
Nonprofit organizations often struggle to implement new software. But the seeds for successful implementations are planted long before, during the software selection process.
In this webinar, our experts will lead a discussion of why, to be successful with new software at your organization, technology must come last.
Join us for an “Ask the Experts” webinar, in which we lead a discussion related to this topic, and answer your questions.
Topic: Selecting Nonprofit Software: Technology Comes Last
Date/time: Wednesday, November 14, 4:00-5:00 PM ET
Presented in partnership with Community IT.
The untold story of successful nonprofit software selections
If you search the Internet for how to select the right software for your organization, you’ll find plenty of articles and checklists that tell you how to go about doing it. And the basic recipe really isn’t that complicated: talk to people inside your organization to determine your needs, identify software solutions and implementation partners (consultants) that can meet those needs, engage with them through a competitive process, and pick the winning option that emerges from that process.
The Internet is also rich with advice on how to avoid common pitfalls inherent in software selections: conduct a process that engages the people that will be using the system, don’t go with the first shiny object you see, make sure you take everything into consideration when budgeting, etc.
Nonprofits Can Do Better at Selecting Software
Yet despite all the information available—and the fact that there are more good software solutions for nonprofits than ever before—the failure rate for software implementations is still as high as 50%. Some implementations fail immediately, before the system is even in use. Others fail soon after the software “goes live,” as users struggle to adopt (or even outright reject) the new software. Still others fail after the organization has struggled to use the software effectively for months or even years.
Success Can Be Achieved by Applying One Important Principle
Build Consulting believes that most software selection and implementation failures are avoidable. In our experience working with hundreds of nonprofit organizations across well over a thousand projects, we’ve learned there is one important thing nonprofits that experience failure don’t take into consideration: technology comes last. This idea is what you need to consider to enjoy success with your software selection.
In this webinar, we’ll explore the four key elements that must precede technology in any software selection process—and how to apply them as you approach future software selections at your organization.
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