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What To Consider When Evaluating a New Tool or Technology

Over the last few weeks, I’ve looking at a number of web-based, desktop, and mobile tools. More than I’d usually look at, to be honest.

As I’ve been looking at those tools, I’ve been thinking about my motivations and those of my clients. And as I’ve been doing that these questions, from the Cloud Coach blog, kept popping into my head:

Whenever I evaluate a technology platform, I’m looking for three things:
  • Does it meet your needs?
  • Is it easy to use?
  • Is it worth the cost?

To which I add a fourth point: Is it easy for you to move your data to another platform or service if you outgrow the one that you choose, or if it shuts down?

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