Technology Evaluations

You’re thrilled you’re finally getting the opportunity to replace your legacy CRM, CMS or eCRM! But now you’re faced with selecting the “right” systems that can be customized and grow with you for the future.

Beaconfire RED’s technology consultants have evaluated and implemented dozens of CMS solutions, all the leading non-profit eCRM solutions, plus donor databases, blogging software and community tools and a variety of social media/social networking tools. In the last year, more than a dozen projects were implemented on five different CMS systems.

A formal technology evaluation would include:

  • Research and documentation of your technical Feature Priorities for the system(s). We take into consideration what is needed to power the user-facing website and integrate with other systems and the administrative back-end.
  • Decision Criteria, which includes both Technology Criteria, such as the licensing model, technology preferences and more and Business Criteria, such as the level of change management needed, usability for end users and more.
  • Vendor characteristics, which includes vendor references, and reputation for support and product development.
  • An Evaluation of Systems, which includes a vetting and scoring process for finalists and our final recommendations. Client stakeholders are invited to score vendor demos and provide their input.

If you don’t need a lot of documentation, we can streamline an evaluation to include a review of your needs, a presentation of leading options with “pros and cons,” along with a recommendation, and a demo of the leading option.

You can count on our technology advice being completely objective.  Because we are a professional services company, not a product vendor, our recommendations are based solely on what is best for you.

Don’t make a misstep for your next technology solution. Reach out to talk to one of our technology consultants today at Or phone us at 703-894-0080.