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Bring your lunch and get tips on selecting and implementing software in your department, including evaluation techniques that take more than just the softwares cost into account. John concludes his presentation by discussing how to assess the softwares effectiveness after it has been selected and put to use.

Program Title: Choosing a Software Package

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 15, 12:00 1:30 PM CST

Presenter: John Hedtke

Cost: Free to MTC members, $10 for non-members.

Location: Tanner Corporate Services, Main Conference Room. You may bring your lunch to eat during the presentation. Drinks will be provided.

Directions to Tanner Corporate Services:
Tanner Corporate Services, Inc. is located at 58 Lindsley Avenue Nashville, TN 37210. For directions from your location, use the following link: http://maps.yahoo.com/dd. To read more about Tanner Corporate Services, visit http://www.tannercorp.com/.

Presentation Description:
Choosing software for your department or company is not just a matter of checking the prices. The real cost of a product includes the price of the software and the cost of implementing it as well. This presentation by international, award-winning author John Hedtke will show you how to identify the features you need, the features you want, and the features you dont care about. The presentation will also discuss ways to determine other important selection criteria, such as the hardware and operating system requirements, the products interoperability with other departments, new and intermediate user training requirements, and the need for continuing product support. Youll see how to create a list of selection criteria that accurately reflects your needs and priorities, evaluate the products that may fulfill your criteria, and make a selection. The presentation will conclude with tips on evaluating the products appropriateness after youve been using it for a month or two.

(The slides for the entire presentation, along with a variety of other resources, will be available for download through the presenters website.)

Presenter Bio:
John Hedtke is the award-winning author of 25 books. He has 30 years in the software business, over 25 years writing, and 7 years in technical publications management. John has developed and written documentation and books for many leading software products, and has received 26 writing awards to date. A complete list of books, articles, projects, and awards can be found online at his website, www.hedtke.com. John owns a small company that offers writing and business consulting services for a variety of private, public, and governmental clients. John also does numerous radio and magazine interviews and frequently travels to do lectures and guest appearances at conferences and seminars. John was the last Region 7 Director on the Society for Technical Communications Board of Directors and is also a Fellow of the Society.

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