Choose solutions that will be globally capable
With the drive to implement initial solutions quickly, it is often tempting to “keep things simple” by selecting and implementing solutions that are only capable of meeting the immediate or limited requirements.
Clearly tactical solutions of limited scope and or capability have their place. If nothing else, they may be the only practical way to meet short term legislative deadlines in some cases.
We have experienced several instances where initially selected tactical solutions become the company standard by default over time, despite the fact that these solutions were not originally selected for a broader capability and or geographical scope. This often creates significant issues to subsequent implementations which could have been avoided.
We therefore recommend resisting the temptation to rush into implementing short term tactical solutions wherever possible. Where this is necessary, some mechanism should be put in place to review their suitability in the face of expanding requirements and allow switches to more appropriate solutions if necessary in a timely manner.
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