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ERIC Number: EJ846064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun-1
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
The Art of the RFP
Villano, Matt
Campus Technology, v19 n10 p48-52 Jun 2006
By this time of the year, springtime rituals are blossoming like begonias, and that's true for higher education, too. Students move inexorably toward the end of another year; professors get ready for summer session; and in campus technology departments, CIOs and other decision-makers furiously set their plans to purchase hardware and software for the fall semester. At most schools, the annual purchasing routine revolves around official documents called Request for Proposals (RFPs). These documents, which can be up to 200 pages long, serve as academic calls to arms; ways for colleges and universities to notify vendors that they're looking for new technology solutions, and want solutions fast. Even for schools that have done it for years, the process of writing an RFP is a daunting one--a rigmarole that requires time and resources to complete. When handled correctly, however, the RFP process approximates an art, and can yield huge benefits for everyone involved. This article discusses everything that an institution needs to know about RFPs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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