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All organizations face the challenge of selecting, evaluating and purchasing the right software solutions. Lack of adoption, poor business case resolution, lack of functionality or integration have a great impact on companies' efficiency and bottom line. Keeping track of the software selection process and its efficiency becomes a real challenge when considering the many business and application needs across different departments.

In times where software technology and its management are changing very rapidly, this class improves your ability to identify and analyze the different challenges and components of the software selection process. Participants in this course will have the ability to provide the right recommendations for their company’s software solutions and efficiently solve the challenges of Software purchasing projects. Students will apply their new skills by working on a software selection project throughout the class.

This course is recommended for anyone that is or will be involved in software selection projects including Software users, IT and Business Unit stakeholders, managers and upper management executives, project managers and procurement professionals. Any software user impacted by a software selection should be part of the process.

 Course Highlights:

  • Business cases gathering
  • Analysts and users’ reviews
  • Contracts, business and technical evaluations
  • Project management
  • Evaluation results analysis and final recommendations

Course Benefits:

  • Ability to identify and differentiate the steps in the process
  • Assess the impact of each component in the process 
  • Analyze and Determine best criteria for evaluation 
  • Manage the evaluation process
  • Recommend the right software solutions

Course Typically Offered: Online during Fall and Winter quarter

Next steps: Upon completion of this class, consider enrolling in other courses in the Software Engineering Management Certificate.

More information: Contact to learn more about Software Engineering Management and course offerings.

Course Number: CSE-41313
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)