Every help desk should have a clearly defined process through which end users can request the purchase and installation of nonstandard software. A critical component of this process should be a paper or online form that the support department can use when a particular software purchase order is refused, either by the IT department or the department requesting the purchase. Such a form ensures that both the IT department and the user who requested the purchase understand why the software purchase order was refused.
To help you develop such a form for your help desk we have created a sample purchase order refusal form based on a submission from TechRepublic member Julie O'Reilly.
Designed to be used alone or in conjunction with our software purchase/installation approval form and our software installation checklist, this purchase order refusal form collects the following information:
- Department information (e.g., site location and department name)
- Requestor information (e.g., name, phone number, supervisor's name, and supervisor's phone number)
- Software information (e.g., the software name, version number, and unit price)
- Reason for purchase order refusal (i.e., because it's a noncritical business application, the unit price was not approved by department or maybe other applications have already been purchased that fulfill the users' needs)
- Approving manager information (e.g., printed name and signature)
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