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A bake-off is a research process or proof of concept in which competing technologies are compared and the best product or service is selected.
A bake-off may also refer to a meeting in which software programmers challenge network protocols with their best innovative programs.
A bake-off may also be called a technology bake-off.
Forsythe, a technology consulting firm, suggested that a successful technology bake-off requires that participants understand three things about their environment and requirements:
What success is for the organization. This involves setting up measurable, deterministic success criteria for each specific data center environment.
A benchmark for end-user experience in the physical realm.
That all interlocking products that comprise the overall proof-of-concept environment must be correctly configured to ensure that results are meaningful.