Many organizations try to use spreadsheets to manage software requirements but soon run into limitations. Part of Wayferry's "secret sauce" is the cloud app we have developed specifically for evaluating enterprise software. This page highlights several features and benefits of the Wayferry app.
Capture rich requirements
Requirements are to software selection as foundations are to a building. If you don't get them right, there always are problems. Wayferry captures rich requirement details:
- The requirement title is separate from the description for better management of requirements.
- There are links to external references like Wikipedia to explain terms without cluttering up the requirement.
- Use case examples remove ambiguity.
- Text is formatted to improve readability
- There is no need to copy requirements: one requirement can be in multiple requirement groups.
Developing requirements usually takes 50% or more of the time needed for a typical enterprise software selection project. Well written requirements include a good description, reasons why the requirement is wanted and use case examples. They are unambiguous, verifiable and implementable, and take time to create. Wayferry has developed an extensive library of well-written requirements, and using this library accelerates software selection projects.
Another ingredient in the Wayferry "secret sauce" is this: Every time a requirement can be improved, we update the library. This constant improvement in requirement quality leads to faster software acquisitions with fewer problems.
Weight requirements for importance
Once the list of requirements has been assembled, they should be weighted for importance. When capturing how important each requirement is, we also capture who it is important to, and why it is important to them.
- When employees see their names documented on the requirements they feel listened to. This builds end-user buy-in, which accelerates adoption when the software goes into production.
- Capturing this information creates the requirements traceability matrix, particularly important in regulated industries.
- When system implementation consultants need questions answered, they can see the reason why a requirement is wanted. If they still need more information, the names of the employees to whom this requirement is important are listed. The consultants know exactly who to reach out to.
See graphically how well a potential product meets your organization's requirements profile by each group of requirements.
Rank software products by fit score
Wayferry ranks products by how well they meet your particular requirements. The software product that best meets your needs is the product at the top of the list.
Meet expectations and minimize implementation risks
The Wayferry application uses a data-driven gap analysis to measure how well potential software products meet your organization’s particular requirements, and ranks software by fit score. The best-fit software is the product that comes closest to meeting your requirements.
To minimize software implementation risks, the winning product evaluation is exported and given to the implementation project manager, who then can plan down to individual requirements. A detailed requirements analysis means no significant “new” requirements are discovered during implementation where they cause delays and cost increases. Implementations tend to be on time and within budget.
Buyer's remorse is eliminated because you know precisely how well the software will work for you before making the purchase. Buy-in is maximized when users see their names being added to requirements. They know they were listened to, and their needs were factored into the purchasing decision.