What could you absolutely positively not live without? … Draw a line. Come up with reasons. Know where you stand.
Cute. Except without requirements you can’t draw a line effectively.
So go from there. Start with what you need to accomplish, and then set your must-haves to achieve that goal. Don’t embellish, don’t waffle. Just the essentials.
Draw the line, set the next goal, list the deal-breakers.
Believe it or not, this is an exercise most organizations don’t do (at least for montioring). They start with a (often vague) goal – “Select a NetFlow tool” or “Monitor customer experience for applications”. And then they look for tools that do that.
Before you know it, you have 20, or 50, or 150 tools (I am NOT exaggerating). . You have staff – even whole teams – who invest hundreds of hours getting good using those tools.
And then you get allegiences. And then you get politics.