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RFPs Are Not a Good Way to Procure Print Software

Learning is the most important part of software procurement decisions. The vendor needs to learn about you (to assess if you are a good fit for their solution) and you need to learn about the vendor. An RFP doesn’t facilitate any learning.

By Jennifer Matt
Published: July 24, 2019

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Jennifer Matt is the managing editor of WhatTheyThink’s Print Software section as well as President of Web2Print Experts, Inc. a technology-independent print software consulting firm helping printers with web-to-print and print MIS solutions. You can reach her at jen@whattheythink.com.

 

Discussion

By Robert Lindgren on Jul 24, 2019

Truer words were never spoken! People who write RFPs don't really have a clear idea of what the need, so they write a laundry list.

Your suggestion of an in-depth conversation with other users is quite helpful.

I would also suggest that in MIS systems, less is more. All singing all dancing approaches are very expensive, hard to implement and frequently little used.

 

By Keith McMurtrie on Jul 30, 2019

Great article and absolutely spot on!

 

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