The information in the previous chapters has brought us to the point where we are truly at the project's starting line. Decisions have not yet been made, but they are about to be! For example, your company may know what it wants to do (replace an aging database), but how you want to do it or with whom must be nailed down.
It's rare that a company says something like, “The purpose of this initiative is to install the Microsoft Dynamics accounting system.” What people say is, “We need a new accounting system. The purpose of this initiative is to install the one that will best support our core business goals [list goals here].”
Maybe the correct accounting package is, indeed, Microsoft Dynamics software. Maybe it's something else. In either case, deciding on the project's main technology is called the “choice of core technology.”
In some situations, ...