The Information Technology and software development is rapidly changing. The industry players are leveraging on every means possible so as to gain the competitive advantage. When making an a decision or an investment in IT products such as the software, there is a need for an individual or an organization to be keen. What should be put into consideration in this case by the organization is the software due diligence.
Generally, the term due diligence is used to refer to the practice of evaluation decision, a process or an investment prior to the signing of the deal. In IT and software development, due diligence is applied during the process of uncovering the risks that may be associated by investing in a particular software. The same also enables the organization to get the vital insights as to whether the investing in a particular software helps the organization to meet its goals.
Determining whether the software put in place will meet the goals as outlined by the organization is the main goal of the software due diligence. In the organization, determining whether the maintenance processes are as outlined is another goal of the software due diligence. The implementation of due diligence in the organization who call for consideration of a number of central areas. Security, the ease of use, the cost and the insider information in the industry are the central areas to be considered.
The ability of any deal to run effectively will need application of due diligence. A guaranteed on whether the information will be handled by secure software is a concern to many organization. With regard to security, due diligence may for instance include software encryption features. What should be considered in this case is the top of the line security. The certification of the security features should also be considered as this means such features meet the recommended standards internationally.
The ease of use is the second factor to consider. An organization will generally focus on the core activities. Trying to learn a complex software will take a lot of time which may not be of benefit to an organization. The software to be considered should be easy to learn and allow the organization to continue with main business activities. Implementation of the software due diligence requires a consideration in price to be made.
The pricing considerations that may be made in this case is whether the software usage charges are per usage or a flat fee rate. Lastly, due diligence should consider information from the industry insiders. This makes it possible for the organization to have a platform of getting feedback from where the software due diligence has been implemented.