Event: Martin Tate – IT Requirements when Buying, not Making: Effective Specifications to Select Off-the-Shelf Software


Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 6:00pm – 8:30pm


BCS London Office, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA


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Closing date for bookings is Tuesday 22 March 2016 at 11:59pm. No more bookings will be taken after this date. For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS do not issue invitation letters.


6:00 Networking
6:30 Talk and discussion
7:30 Drink, buffet, and networking

Talk Abstract

Off-the-shelf solutions dominate certain areas of IT, now reinforced by cloud provision. The IT procurement project faces internal complexity from the business, stakeholders or requirements, combined with external complexity from the set of candidate solutions.

Martin will set the context by referring to his systematic method to evaluate, select and procure off-the-shelf solutions. This augments (with highly specific and relevant techniques and philosophies) the organisation’s normal approaches to business analysis, project sponsorship and management, technology management, decision-making, due diligence, procurement and change management.
He will then cover several specific dimensions where requirements definition needs to be distinctive for the procurement specification to be fit for purpose. Martin will also show how the requirements are transformed to feed all stages of the selection, from longlisting to negotiation.

Martin’s handouts will contain illustrations and extensive references to the field of Procurement-Oriented Requirements Engineering (PORE).


The slides will be available 24 hours before the talk on bit.ly/resg201603.

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