Do your homework
Now’s the time to dig in deep. If you are the key person driving the purchase you need to make sure you have strong case for this spend. In the beginning of the process it’s best take a high level approach meaning that you should not be looking at a granular level just yet. Getting too granular in the beginning of process tends to steer a project in the wrong direction right off the bat.
Now’s an excellent time to reach out to other industry professionals and colleagues to see what experiences they have had in similar initiatives. Doing your homework seems obvious but most people huddle-up with internal users and various business units before taking a high level look at a project –- do yourself a favor and do your homework first.