As I mentioned yesterday, when someone requires you to deliver ROI or TCO numbers as part of the red-tape process, the sale really isn’t based on ROI or TCO, but rather this is just a protocol the company has for vetting possible providers. In most cases they will have a format or model for doing this, and your best bet is to work with them, using their models to make your case. However, don’t fall into the trap of believing numbers are the deciding factor. They rarely are. The lowest price only wins when offerings are equal. So what are you doing to set yourself apart? Anything that can be documented can be commoditized. And anything that can be commoditized can be computerized. And anything that can be computerized can eventually be done on an appliance or smart phone. Creativity and perspective are yours uniquely. But make sure they are uniquely great.
© 2011, David Stelzl