IEEE Consultants’ Network of San Diego
Meeting Date: September 10, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Chris Doig, Wayferry
Location: San Diego
RSVP: requested, through website
Event Details: IEEE vTools
Major software purchases like ERP are huge risks for companies, and yet less than 10% of these purchases meet expectations. With the five-year total cost of ownership of these software products running into tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, you must wonder why this happens so often.
This presentation explains what goes wrong when making these major software purchases, why it happens and how to fix the problem. Chris will cover topics like using reverse engineering techniques to discover unknown requirements and designing selection projects to prime the implementation for success.
Chris Doig is the CEO and founder of Wayferry, and the thought leader behind the company. Having observed major software purchases fail to meet expectations in several companies and experienced buyer’s remorse himself, he knew there had to be a better way. Using his engineering background, he developed a new way to evaluate enterprise software that solves problems like scope creep, vendors misrepresenting their products, and implementations that cost much more than expected.
For several years Chris has been a regular writer for CIO.com, sharing what he has learned about selecting enterprise software. He used these articles as the basis for a book recently published on Amazon: Rethinking Enterprise Software Selection: Stop buying square pegs for round holes.
Chris graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree. In the mid-nineties, he immigrated to the United States and worked at several companies in technical and IT management roles: Seagate, Biogen, Netflix, Boeing, Bechtel SAIC, Discovery Communications and a few startups. The problems he observed at those companies led directly to him founding Wayferry