The request for proposal (RFP) is the beginning of the formal engagement with prospective vendors. Clearly outlining what the enterprise is asking for improves the quality of vendor responses, reduces vendor response time, increases the chances of successful delivery, and sets the tone going forward for the success of the ongoing relationship.
Organizations embarking on the selection process for an enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) vendor may elect to issue an RFP after determining their final selection criteria. This modifiable template covers the following key sections:
- Statement of Work
- Proposal Preparation Instructions
- Scope of Work, Specifications & Requirements
- Vendor Qualifications and References
- Budget & Estimated Pricing
An RFP implies stable requirements and an intent to buy – use this tool to solicit wired and wireless LAN vendor responses and help select a supplier, not to develop a shortlist.