Evaluating Technology: How to Choose the “Right” Solution

Let me ask you a few questions:
  • Java vs. C++ vs C# vs Objective C… which one is better?
  • Windows vs. Linux vs Apple – which one rules?
  • Android vs iPhone vs Blackberry – which one rocks?
  • JSP vs. ASP vs. PHP – which one is the clear winner?

There are countless articles on the web that attempt to answer the question of which technology is the “best” out there. However their conclusions are not based on “your” requirements! This article instead looks at the difference between choosing the “best” technology according to someone else versus choosing the “right” technology for your needs.

The practice of attempting to identify a clear cut winner should never be used when evaluating technology. Instead, technology should be looked at objectively, with specific goals and the user’s specific needs in mind. Unfortunately, technology vendors encourage us to compare these techs using our emotions or grandiose statements to set their product apart. Buyers usually get caught up in these tactics and their specific needs and goals are forgotten.

As President and Co-Founder of FileCatalyst, I see many prospective tech buyers get caught up in finding simply the “best” technology out there. Instead of looking at their own objectives and requirements, they get caught up on “what does the media say about this technology” or “what does the IT shop next door use?”. Decisions can get rushed without looking at the complete picture and often are based on a single media opinion or an analyst report.

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Next time you find yourself in the position of choosing a technology vendor for an IT project, consider the following: Define your goals and needs clearly & weigh their importance – do not let your top priority items fall by the wayside. Furthermore, when choosing a technology vendor for your next IT project, sift through all the marketing noise (and what others say) and make your choice based on reality, not on your perception. In this case your project requirements ARE the reality and will show you the way. Your success depends much more on the nitty gritty details rather than on the latest media report.