The lowdown on business case software

What is it? Business case software helps agencies through the process of creating a convincing business case, employing templates and, in some programs, scorecards based on known criteria that help judge how the business case will be received.

When would I need it? If agency personnel are unfamiliar with the ins and outs of building a business case, the templates and scorecards could be useful. Also, some programs are designed to use business cases in a broader approach to managing technology, an approach that OMB encourages.

Must-know info? Before buying a business case tool, you should ask the following questions:
  • How well does this tool match the agency's commitment to portfolio and project management?

  • Can it easily interact with other applications to acquire necessary data?

  • Is the tool oriented toward OMB requirements such as Exhibit 300?

  • Can it be customized to fit the agency's style?

  • Does it have a reasonable upgrade path to match increasing agency sophistication?

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