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I am currently trying to Identify an ISP that offers an excellent service for a High availability Website I am working on. It has been recommended that I write a Request For Proposal (RFP) Document details my specific requirements. Can anyone give me any pointers on how to write one or point me in the direction of some examples.
Your help on this one is appreciated, as I am not sure how to start.
I could ask 10 different managers at work how to write a RFP, and get 15 different answers (but that's managers for ya).
From my experience it's a very project specific exercise, but with general guidelines. My only advice I can offer you is to do a search on good ol' Google for RFP templates, and it'll chuck up many good starting points for you.
The non-numerical responses I limit in number. By reviewing both I can usually pick the top one or two vendors to then enter into discusions with.
In general you want to do 2 things in your RFP
- 1) DETAIL WHAT YOU EXPECT
including what, when, how and address future maintenance, hosting requirements, etc
- 2) EXPLAIN HOW TO RESPOND
like someone else said, its REALLY hard to compare proposals. Look at some other sites they've done and see the type of work they do. Some designers are more graphical, some more application-minded.