A request for proposal (RFP) is often the go-to method for vetting potential application purchases, projects, and more. However, according to a new infographic from Semarchy and NowSourcing, the process is outdated and doesn't meet the needs of the modern enterprise.
As noted in the infographic, RFPs cost businesses some $311,533 every year, on average. This is mainly due to the time they take to complete:4,800 hours per year, on average. On the vendor side of the equation, 17% said they respond to 10-21 RFPs per month, while 15% respond to more than 21.
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Vendors spend an average of $5,000 before they even win a bid, and that cost can be passed on to the customer. And, according to project management professionals who focus on IT, < 60% said their strategic initiatives failed to meet their project goals, as noted in the graphic.
So, what does that mean for the RFP? According to the infographic, it's time for the RFP to die. Businesses need more agile responses and must dump the RFP, beginning their future data projects in the cloud. For more information about RFPs, check the infographic below:
- Sample Proposal Format For Responding To RFP's (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
- Project manager jobs: What employers are really looking for (ZDNet)
- Cheat sheet: What project managers need to know about RFIs and RFQs (TechRepublic)
- Project management tips: Five ways to keep your project and your team on target (ZDNet)
- Cloud RFP Template (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
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Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.