It’s been a long journey, but we’re finally here: the end of your new technology procurement project.
You’ve set out your organization’s business objectives, compiled your project’s technical requirements and consulted your stakeholders about what they need a new technology solution to deliver. You’ve planned your budget based on business objectives and the expected return on investment, and you’ve created a product specification sheet that matches those requirements.
You’ve worked to distill all of those preparations into a comprehensive (and comprehensible) RFP, and you’ve evaluated potential vendors for their technical and cultural fit.
You’ve sat through countless demos, brought new stakeholders into meetings, and uninvited others (with cause), and you probably have a few more grey hairs now than you did when you started.
But you made it.
Hopefully, you’re more comfortable as you prepare to embark on the deployment of your new technology, and you’re more aware of what’s involved in delivering a solution that’s fit for purpose and will help your organization achieve its business objectives.
At Enginess, we often see organizations with a clear idea of the problems they face and a good sense of the potential solutions, but without an understanding of how to begin the process of getting there.
Basically, the people in those organizations know the problem they need to solve, and they know that technology can do it. But the actual RFP process and everything that involves is uncharted territory.
The challenge is that enterprise technology doesn’t offer many opportunities for testing and learning. The software stacks that organizations build can last for years, or even decades. And when there’s data involved, a poorly chosen or badly implemented solution may result in exposure to significant legal or financial loss.
We hope this resource will guide organizations through new technology procurement and the RFP process, helping them avoid common pitfalls and deliver technology that will work – now and into the future.
If you have any questions related to the procurement process, RFPs, stakeholder engagement, or budget planning and execution, please get in touch. We’d love to help out.