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Creating professional-level, on-line material requires a great deal of hardware and software. There are software packages for rapid development, project management, image creation and editing, sound creation and editing, layout, CMS processing, word processing, and the animation, simulation and interaction, to define only some categories. It would be wonderful if we could use all free or open-source software. But sadly, this is highly unlikely to be a possibility in any organization. It would also be wonderful if most of the well-known development packages could be updated to provide new features without purchasing an entirely new version of the software, but that is not likely to happen either. When you start working with a group, you readily adopt whatever software package and version they are using because it has been provided for you and it fits with their design and business process. However, sooner or later, you need to upgrade or change those packages. If you are fortunate, others in your group have the same needs at the same time, your purchase-decision makers agree that the business process will benefit from the upgrade, and your IT support group has no objections to your new software. Typically, this is not how the scenario unfolds. Typically, you encounter an issue that you cannot creatively or procedurally overcome, and you realize that you require some new or upgraded software package to continue. You need to approach someone above you about purchasing new software. How should you approach the situation? First, determine and clearly define how the software benefits a particular objective. Does it improve efficiency, or the results of a process? Does it reduce overall costs? Does it solve an immediate problem?Second, seek allies. Is there anyone else who could benefit from the software? Do they have their own recommendations?Third, determine the possible negative points of migrating or adopting the new software, in order to forestall any uncomfortable questions. Will it require training to use? How much will the adoption of the new software impact immediate productivity? How much will it cost?Once you have done this, prepare a high-level summary of the need and how this change fortunately meets the need, and should be adopted, and present it to the person responsible for authorizing the purchase. If all goes well, you will soon have your shiny new software package! Now all you need to do is live up the promises you made.


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