RFPs are often thought of as daunting and cumbersome tasks to complete. However, the RFP provides an important opportunity to evaluate requirements and set a budget, as well as to gather information that can be used in future contract negotiations.
The RFP as a Starting Point for Future Negotiations
Developing the RFP is a clarifying process in itself, and it provides an excellent starting point for the contracting process. Issuing an RFP draws a line around requirements, sets dates to be used in planning, and allows the organization to have a clear idea of exactly what it needs to get out of future contract negotiations.