Step 1:  Identify A Focal Point

Building a software stack for a company is like building a house and without a project manager you end up with a house of cards.

- Stan Pipkin, CEO at Lighthouse Solar

The first important step in this process is to identify a person to lead the effort and steer the ship.  Given that everyone in the solar company is juggling 100 things at once, spreading out this responsibility to a committee of people can also dilute its prioritization.  It’s important that this focal point knows the business’s internal operations, is well liked by the staff, and has the support of the top management in the company.  However, likely the most important criteria for the selection of this person is that he or she has the most to benefit from a positive outcome.