How to Contruct an Effective Telecom RFP
Article By: Karen Thatcher
Every day across the business world, potential customers interact with vendors and providers of goods and services through signed agreements, often referred to as the "RFP" or "Request for Proposal".
In the telecom industry, the RFP can serve as the means for purchasing equipment as well the preferred path by companies and government agencies to obtain telecom services and maintenance agreements from telecom carriers themselves.
Although the circumstances and desired results will have a big impact as to the length, specificity, and detail of an RFP, there are certain points that you must consider when attempting to construct one that is effective.
To maximize the result and time spent on the RFP itself, be sure your your next RFP contains the following:
- A Table of Contents The organization of material contained within the RFP is best outlined in the beginning:the table of contents. Outline each area of the RFP in neat detail so that readers will be able to quickly scan content and understand exactly how the RFP has been organized.
- A Situation Summary This area provides the reader background information about your company or organization - the nature of the enterprise, size and scope, a brief history, ownership information, etc. as well as an overview of the current telecom systems and the reasons and concerns for making changes.
- Required Rules of Response An effective RFP will provide bidders with specific and concise terms under which they must respond. You will save alot of time and confusion by making this section of the RFP specific and detailed. In it, consider answering questions such as:
- When is the due date for proposals?
- To whom is the response to be delivered and how many copies are needed?
- What format should the response be and is what kind of supporting material will be needed?
- Who is the contact person for additional information or premises inspections if available?
- Are there any exceptions in the proposal and if so, to what degree will you accept?
After completing your RFP, put yourself in the vendors' position. Is it clear and concise? Can you perhaps be more specific in any areas to avoid confusion? Less specific?
Overall, make your RFP easy for the vendor to understand and respond. Once you've made your decision, sign the contract and chances are you will have a positive and lasting relationship with the chosen vendor or service provider.
Karen Thatcher is CEO of TelCon Associates, Inc., a 33 year old telecom consulting and bill management company. For more information on how to gain control and reduce telecom spending,visit www.telconassociates.com
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