In an interactive way, this four hours course presents the main elements of the methodology to successfully select a ‘sufficiently good’ MOM solution to achieve your business and operational objectives. This best practice methodology, published in MESA White paper 11 and updated with experience from many selection initiatives, comprises two phases:

  1. Create a short list of potential solutions quickly.
  2. Proof that the candidates on the shortlist are good enough (or not) to achieve your goals and rank them in sequence of suitability.

The prerequisites for starting the selection process will be explained.

Various types of requirements and specifications, how to determine them and how to communicate them with potential suppliers are important issues in the selection process. The selected ‘sufficiently good’ MOM solution has to enable to achieve the elements of your business case. Therefore, the requirements will reflect those elements prioritized by potential added value.

The final evaluation and ranking, based on all gathered information, will be elaborated. By practical exercises, the participants will obtain some hand-on experience with the most important activities in the selection process.

  • Explain the main elements of the methodology to successfully select a suitable MES/MOM solution to achieve your business and operations objectives.
  • Describe how to create a short list of potential solutions quickly.
  • Identify evidence that the candidates on the shortlist are good enough (or not) to achieve your goals and rank them in sequence of suitability.
  • Identify the prerequisites for starting the selection process.
  • Identify the types of requirements and specifications
  • Explain how to effectively communicate requirement and important issues to potential suppliers.
  • Describe process for final evaluation and ranking.
  • Introduction & Overview
  • Organization and Kick-off
  • Requirements and Specifications
  • Create Shortlist
  • Requirements Document
  • Meeting Solution Providers
  • Final Evaluation and Ranking
  • What next?

Test and Exercises:
1. In-Course Formative Assessment Test: 10 Questions, Open notes in discussion, Answers recorded in Test Form
2. Out-Course Summative Assessment Test: 10 Questions, Open notes in self study, Answers recorded in Test Form

Course Prerequisites:
None

Reference Materials:
1. MESA White Paper #4: MES Software Evaluation / Selection
2. MESA White Paper #7: Justifying MES: A Business Case Methodology
3. MESA White Paper #11: MES Product Selection: Best Practices