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DQ1). Since the RFP process can be binding on either buyers or sellers, what can be done once a vendor submits a proposal and the buyer organization realizes critical requirements are found to have been omitted from the buyer’s RFP? Is there something in the Needs Assessment process that could have prevented these omissions? Overview The previous units have demonstrated the importance of thorough research and detailed documentation of requirements leading up to and including the Needs Assessment (NA). A good NA serves as documentation of the organizationâ€s priorities (needs and wants) and therefore becomes the foundation or framework for querying and determining which vendors can fulfill their requirements. The NA is applied in the development of a Request for Information (RFI), a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a Request for Quote (RFQ). A description of each is provided below. Request for Information (RFI) is an open query to vendors for broad information about the market, their products and services, and general capabilities. The vendors†responses from the RFI serve to validate an organizationâ€s requirements. The RFP or RFQ process typically follows an RFI. Request for Quote (RFQ) assumes the client (buyer team) knows what the organization wants and/or involves commodity items. While describing how they will meet the clientâ€s requirements, an RFQ is typically financial in nature and intended to enlist competitive pricing among potential suppliers. Request for Proposal (RFP): Based on the requirements documented in the N.A., the client organization is aware they have a problem or a business need. Because there is no commoditized solution, the client may not know the best way to solve it. ******** cost ******** important factor, the RFP is used to seek out the best solutions from potential suppliers. The RFP is a very formal process with strict rules for content (including pricing), timeline for implementation, and a deadline for vendor responses. For this unit, our focus will be on the RFP and the following standardized terminology applies: the term “supplier†is used to describe a vendor of products (hardware, software, or services). A “buyer†is the organization that is writing or preparing the RFP. Objectives Examine the advantages and disadvantages as well as the consequences of an ineffective RFP process Assess the vendor requirements of an RFP beyond features and functionality of products and services Evaluate the ranking of RFP requirements in comparison Examine the reliance upon legal disclaimers and resources in the context of an RFP

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