Evaluating project management software
an excerpt from the Project Management Software Survey
PMI's Project Management Software Survey was the product of nine months' effort by a team of subject matter experts and overviews the broad array of software products presently available to project managers. This article proposes an eight-step process for evaluating and selecting software products: 1) state the business problem; 2) state the improvement objectives; 3) document or reengineer the project management process; 4) map this process to the appropriate category of software; 5) generate a requirements list; 6) select a short list of three products; 7) test the products; and finally, 8) choose the software. Your decision should also take into considerations such factors as roll-up/drill down features and the quality of vendor support.