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Advanced Planning & Scheduling Software

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This Ready-to-Use RFP Master with over 2,400 CRITERIA is focused on selecting advanced planning & scheduling system software solutions, and provides capabilities that go far beyond those of a traditional RFP limited to asking vendors simple Yes/No questions about software features. Specialized for use in complex information system environments, this RFP Master collects information from vendors about all apects of the advanced planning & scheduling software implementation project they are proposing.
Actual screens and questions from this RFP are shown below to illustrate how it enables you to easily collect the unique metrics needed to successfully identify, acquire, and implement the advanced planning & scheduling software solution best suited to your company's needs. (Click thumbnails to enlarge)

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    SAVE WEEKS, even MONTHS OF TIME by using thousands of professionally written APS software RFP statements & questions to communicate your APS software system requirements quickly and accurately. No need to re-invent the wheel. View typical RFP Table of Contents.
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    IDENTIFY Feature AVAILABILITY & DELIVERABILITY. Unlike other RFPs, Infotivity RFP Masters automatically collect the information needed to identify BOTH the AVAILABILITY of software features, and their DELIVERABILITY, i.e., HOW those features will be delivered. Each RFP Master includes a Feature Support Matrix (FSM) to automatically capture this information, which can be used to create very accurate and reliable advanced planning & scheduling software system implementation schedules. View samples here.
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    Determine RISK and SUPPORTABILITY. RFP Masters automatically evaluate vendor response data collected to quantitatively determine the SUPPORTABILITY INDEX of each proposed advanced planning & Schedulig software system. This index ranks the potential support problems inherent in each proposal. Accurately compare the amount of ongoing support needed to keep each proposed APS software system up and running. Measure the true impact of each system on your business over the long term.  View sample here.
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    VENDOR RESPONSE VALIDATION saves time and effort, and reduces errors, when evaluating vendor APS software proposals. View example here.
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Included with this Advanced Planning & Scheduling RFP are the following vendor response evaluation & comparison tools....
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    "APPLES-to-APPLES" COMPARISON of vendor RFP responses (proposals) is assured by extensive use of quantitative RFP questions and full vendor response validation. Compare proposed APS system software features side-by-side faster and more accurately with the fully automated Color Comparison Chart matrix included with this RFP at no extra charge. View a typical comparison here.
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    APS Response Evaluation Ratios (scores) help you save time. View a typical evaluation ratios here.
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    AUTOMATED WEIGHTED GRADE POINT SCORING is a quantitative measure of how well a proposed APS software system matches up to your business priorities. This graph compares the overall total scores for each proposed system. This Score is based on all vendor responses except Pricing and Vendor Background. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.
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    Feature Delivery Methods This graph compares HOW each vendor is planning to deliver the proposed APS system. The bars show how much of each competing system is going to be delivered Fully Supported "out-of-the-box", how much will be delivered using the Report Writer, a Configuration option or 3rd Party product, and how much is dependant on Custom Programming & Scripting. The scores used in this comparison are based on responses to advanced planning & scheduling software system questions only, i.e., no vendor, pricing, or support responses are utilized. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.
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    Supportability Index A proposed APS system could look very good on paper, but once implementation begins the reality could be very different. The ease with which a advanced planning & scheduling system can be implemented and maintained over it's expected life is controlled in large part by the amount of custom programming and scripting required to build & maintain the APS system. The Supportability Index is based on responses to Software System Features only. This graph compares the potential support effort inherent in each proposed advanced planning & scheduling system. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.
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    Overall Comparison This graph compares the total Weighted Score of each proposed APS system along with its Supportability Index and associated Vendor Profile. Use this when assessing the RISK of a proposed advanced planning & scheduling system and whether or not the system can indeed be implemented by the proposing APS vendor successfully. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.
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    Vendor Profile Scores This graph compares a score measuring the background, expertise, capabilities, and other data collected in the advanced planning & scheduling Vendor Global Issues section of the RFP. The Vendor Profile Score provides a way of assessing the Capabilities PROFILE of a proposing APS vendor. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.

This advanced planning & scheduling RFP / Requirements Checklist also has Supporting Documents INCLUDED:

    COVER LETTER SAMPLES - Make the task easier with this APS RFP cover letter template collection. Choose from Letter samples designed for all events, such as "RFP Response Request", "Intent to Respond", "No Intent to Respond", "RFP Change Enclosed", "Proposal Rejection" "Finalist Selection", and "Best & Final Offer Request" to meet your unique advanced planning & scheduling needs.
    BPE/BPR/WORKFLOW Checklists - An ideal APS template for mapping the current "AS-IS" state of an existing advanced planning & scheduling process down to the data element level, a time-saving organizer when developing the new "TO-BE" state or determining what is required to implement a new APS process, or preparing for data conversion.
    Full Version of risk assessment matrix checklist focused on advanced planning & scheduling system acquisition and implementation projects for working sample "Click Here"
    the Optimized APS RFP Guide. Designed to be viewed in a browser off-line, this document outlines the best procedures for creating custom RFP questions. Included or Sold Separately
    The advanced planning & scheduling System Cutover Checklist Helps Streamlines Implementation! Included or Sold Separately
    MS Word document describing the organization and usage of the APS comparison matrix.
    MS Word document describing the organization and usage of the advanced planning & scheduling System RFP.


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      A Detailed & Comprehensive List of:

Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) System Features

      1,100 of pre-defined advanced planning & scheduling RFP criteria ensure no important business requirements or software features "slip through the cracks".  All are in a quantitative format that guarantees vendor responses will be meaningful, consistent, and easy to compare. All questions are professionally prepared by application specialists to address BOTH the STANDARD features and EXCEPTION CASE software functions required.


      Identify BOTH APS Software Features Availability and Deliverability

      Unlike other APS RFPs that try (and fail) to gather useful solutions data about complex advanced planning & scheduling system features, APS RFP Masters are not constrained to the use of summary-level "Yes" or "No" answers. This RFP Master uses a Feature Support Matrix (FSM) that identify BOTH feature AVAILABILITY and DELIVERY Method. This RFP Master function is useful during both the advanced planning & scheduling software selection AND the system implementation phases of large projects because it enables effective Earned Value Management through detailed cross-referencing of usable software functionality and vendor invoicing.


      Determine the Risk & Supportability of Proposed

APS Software Solutions

      Unlike other RFPs, an RFP Master can illustrate potential support problems (and risk) inherent in vendor software proposals. The Feature Support Matrix (FSM) used in each RFP Master categorizes the inherent risk posed for each criteria, and uses that information to calculate the SUPPORTABILITY INDEX for each vendor RFP response. For example, a feature delivered "out of the box" FULLY SUPPORTED is less risky than one delivered through custom programming, even if the programming is free. This RFP Master function is useful during both the software selection AND the implementation phases of a large advanced planning & scheduling system because it enables effective Earned Value Management through detailed cross-referencing of usable software functionality and vendor invoicing.


      Vendor Response Input Validation.

      Vendors must answer each RFP question by choosing from a pre-defined list of possible responses. See below for an example of this drop-down list. This forces all vendors to respond to each advanced planning & scheduling (APS) software question in a consistent, standard manner. Eliminates the days of time typically wasted trying to compare the inconsistent or incomplete vendor responses obtained by using traditional, non-quantitative RFP questions! Ensures vendor proposals are easy to compare and evaluate!


      Color-Coded, "Apples-to-Apples" Comparison of Proposed Systems

APS Software Comparison

      These comparison matrices automatically change vendor response cell background color to GREEN, YELLOW, or RED, to reflect how favorable each response is to your needs! Compared to the tedious task of reviewing hundreds of mono-color Yes/No answers, these colored responses allow problem areas to be spotted more easily, and risk assessment is made much more accurate. All required response comparison matrices are included and ready-to-use! Quickly and easily compare advanced planning & scheduling software system proposals side-by-side, feature by feature, in detailed comparisons you control! Keep your project on-schedule and under-budget.


      Weighted Grade Score Graph

      Compares the Weighted Grade Point Score calculated for each proposed system. This is calculated as follows: The vendor response to each RFP question is assigned an unweighted "raw" score. This raw score is then multiplied by the weight factor you entered previously (default = 1) for that RFP question to calculate the weighted score for each response. All of these individual scores are then totaled for use in this comparison. This score is essentially a measure of how well a advanced planning & scheduling software system fits your business and software needs, prioritized by the weight (importance level) you assigned to each question in the RFP. In essence, this score measures the SUITABILITY of each proposed software system to your overall requirements. . NOTE this score measures just software functionality, and does not include any measure of vendor background, expertise, support, or programming ability.


      Feature Delivery Method Comparison:

      An analysis of how each vendor is proposing to deliver the advanced planning & scheduling software feature/function contained in their proposal. The graph below shows the percentage that is Fully Supported "out-of-the-box", the percentage to be done via Report Writer, a Configuration Parameter, or Third-Party add-in, versus the percentage to be done via Custom Coding (Scripting / Programming). This information is very useful in terms of identifying RISK, since a Fully Supported APS (and tested) feature presents far less risk than that same feature done as a "custom programming" task. Also, see the Supportability Index, which sums up these detail risk factors.


      Supportability Index Graph:

      The Supportability Index is a forecast of how much APS software support and maintenance may be required to keep each proposed advanced planning & scheduling system running at full potential over it's lifetime. This score is determined by how much custom coding is required to implement the proposed APS software, and which business processes depend on the customized software.


      Overall Comparison Graph:

      This graph compares both the Weighted Grade (Suitability) Score, Supportability Index, and the Vendor Capabilities Profile side-by-side for easy reference. It is important to see how much custom coding is in a proposed APS system that also has a high Weighted Score, along with the Vendor Profile. The more custom code, the higher the risk posed by that advanced planning & scheduling system. Therefore, the more custom coding, the more expertise and capabilities a vendor should have.


      Vendor Profile Score Graph:

      The backgrounds, expertise, capabilities, and certifications of each vendor is obtained in the Vendor Global Issues section of the APS RFP. The advanced planning & scheduling vendor responses to this section are totaled separately from the software functionality topics, and this data is used to calculate the "Vendor Profile Score". The higher the score, the more CAPABILITIES a APS vendor is probably going to be.


      Evaluation Ratios

      Use an extensive set of ratio calculations to compare APS vendor proposals quickly and efficiently.


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