Of course, shopping for and deploying new technology can be an arduous process. There are often multiple vendors that can offer similar capabilities, pricing models, and benefits, and making the right choice for your organization, with your unique needs, can take time and a pretty intense due diligence process.
As you are evaluating your technology needs and trying to find software and services to meet your needs and goals, consider the benefits of purchasing software as a package from one vendor, rather than going the "a-la-carte" route. Many software solutions providers package multiple services together to give users a more robust experience. For example, Microsoft® Office is sold as a suite of products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, all of the tools that an individual or student needs to get the most out of their home office experience. Sure, you could purchase Word by itself, but the real value comes from the integration of the other products working together.