Enterprise CTO Series: 5 Considerations to Help You Run a Successful PoC
So what does it take to launch a successful PoC? From recognizing the need to deciding the PoC process and even through selecting the solution that suits your needs, there are a few tips that can simplify the PoC process and guide you in the direction of PoC success.
- Theory is great – in theory!
The most important thing to remember before launching a PoC is that there are no guarantees that what works in theory will work in reality. If you want to run a successful PoC, it is necessary to run it on a real application in order to assess whether or not it was a success.
If you are coming from the business side, enabling access to your infrastructure may seem exhausting at first, but in the long run, it is the best way to confirm whether or not a solution has the capability to withstand your system requirements and be scaled up to where you need.
prooV makes the one-time business-side integration as simple as possible in order to bypass the hassle of multiple integrations with each and every potential solution.
Startups that show success in a testing environment could end up wasting their time if their solution cannot be used in the ecosystem of the company that needs it.
Ultimately, testing a new solution on the existing ecosystem is the only way to know whether a PoC is successful.
2. Don’t expect every PoC to yield the perfect solution
One of the most important things we remind brands is that not every PoC is a success – and sometimes a lack of a solution is the best solution. Whether you are launching your first PoC or have dozens under your belt, it’s important to remember that not all PoC’s end in a solution that can instantly be deployed, scaled and integrated into your everyday use.
If your goal is to examine feasibility, failure is often the best measure of success. If you are looking to enhance a feature or build a solution (such as your own BI-tool customized for your need) you need to consider that the solution you receive might not meet your exact needs.
3. Know your exact needs – now and down the line.
To increase the chances of successfully completing a PoC, it’s important to know, and properly communicate, your PoC needs.
Unsuccessful PoC’s happen usually due to brands expecting more than they express they need. The best way to avoid this pitfall is to first understand what you need and what you hope to gain out of the PoC.
Another pitfall we see often is that brands consider their immediate need without considering future goals. A solution might fit your exact needs for the moment, but not have the capability to grow with you as your business grows.
While it’s difficult to determine what features you might need in six months or six years from the launch of your PoC, you can prevent future issues by knowing the general direction in which you want to go and the ability of the solution to be dynamic enough to go there with you.
4. Pre-determine how you will measure failure or success
After launching your PoC, you will have to determine whether it was a failure or success. The best way to determine the success of the PoC is to go into the PoC knowing what you consider success; and no, this does not mean finding your dream solution in seconds.
It’s important to remember that not every viable solution is a success – some solutions may work on your ecosystem but do not have the capability to be scaled; others may not be dynamic enough for you to grow with them.
In order to ensure that your PoC is the success you think it is, it’s important to predetermine what you will use to measure the results:
- Will you consider the overall business goals?
- Will you assess scalability?
- Is speed of results important?
Whatever unit of measurement or KPI you select should be done before the launch of the PoC in order to ensure that you have met your goals and achieved the success you sought.
5. Make sure other departments don’t underestimate your IT team
Many people (wrongfully) think that a PoC is launched when brands cannot depend on their own internal innovation teams. More often than not, brands seek external solutions to complement the IT team or to help them cope with the workload.
It’s important to keep all departments in the loop when embarking on a new PoC.
Is this all you need to do in order to successfully complete a PoC? Probably (definitely) not. Launching a successful PoC is a team process and has a lot to do with timing, technology and internal receptiveness to the solution you are seeking.
We work hand-in-hand with companies across all verticals to help them determine, launch, and measure their PoC, so register today to experience end-to-end PoC services.