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 Software Selection > RFP Templates > ETO Manufacturing ERP Software Selection                                                   Frequently Asked Questions  -   RFP Checklist

This Ready-to-Use RFP Master ™ with over 5,878 CRITERIA is focused on selecting engineer-to-order system software solutions, and provides benefits that go far beyond those of traditional RFPs that are limited to asking vendors about the availability of ETO ERP software features. Specialized for use in complex information system environments, this RFP Master collects information from vendors about all aspects of the engineer-to-order software implementation project they are proposing.

View actual sample screens with questions from this RFP to illustrate how it enables you to easily collect the unique metrics needed to successfully identify, acquire, and implement the engineer-to-order software solution best suited to your company's needs.

This engineer-to-order ERP RFP template also includes criteria for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud, and traditional on-premise server-based computing, and targets all lines of business.

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    SAVE WEEKS, even MONTHS OF TIME by using thousands of professionally written ETO ERP software RFP statements & questions to communicate your ETO ERP software system requirements quickly and accurately. No need to re-invent the wheel.

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    IDENTIFY Feature AVAILABILITY & DELIVERABILITY. Unlike other ETO ERP software 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 Enterprise Resource Planning RFP Master includes a Feature Support Matrix ™ (FSM) to automatically capture this information, which can be used to create very accurate and reliable engineer-to-order software system implementation schedules.
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    Determine RISK and SUPPORTABILITY. Engineer-to-Order ERP RFP Masters automatically evaluate vendor response data collected to quantitatively determine the SUPPORTABILITY INDEX ™ of each proposed 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 ETO ERP software system up and running. Measure the true impact of each system on your business over the long term.
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    WORKFLOW TOPICS ensure the proposed engineer-to-order software can be fully integrated and utilized to enhance business procedures at all levels of the enterprise.
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    VENDOR RESPONSE VALIDATION saves time and effort, and reduces errors, when evaluating vendor ETO ERP software proposals.
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A full Software Selection Toolkit comes with this ETO ERP RFP at NO extra charge! All of the vendor RFP response evaluation & comparison tools listed below are included....
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    "APPLES-to-APPLES" COMPARISON of ERP software vendor RFP responses (proposals) is assured by extensive use of quantitative RFP questions and full vendor response validation. Compare proposed ETO ERP 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.
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    "ETO ERP 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 ETO ERP system matches up to your business priorities. This graph compares the overall total scores for each proposed engineer to order ERP system. This Score is based on all ETO ERP 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 ETO ERP vendor is planning to deliver the proposed engineer to order ERP 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 ETO ERP comparison are based on responses to ETO ERP 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 engineer to order ERP system could look very good on paper, but once implementation begins the reality could be very different. The ease with which a ETO ERP 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 system. The Supportability Index is based on responses to ETO ERP Software System Features only. This graph compares the potential support effort inherent in each proposed engineer to order ERP 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 engineer to order ERP system along with its Supportability Index and associated Vendor Profile. Use this when assessing the RISK of a proposed ETO ERP system and whether or not the ETO ERP system can indeed be implemented by the proposing ETO ERP 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 Vendor Global Issues section of the engineer to order ERP RFP. The Vendor Profile Score provides a way of assessing the Capabilities PROFILE of a proposing ETO ERP vendor. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.


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      A Detailed & Comprehensive List of:

Engineer-To-Order (ETO) System Features

      Pre-defined engineer-to-order 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 ETO software functions required. For more requirements detail information Click Here!


      Identify BOTH ETO ERP Software Features Availability and Deliverability

      Unlike other RFPs that try (and fail) to gather useful solutions data about complex engineer-to-order system features, 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 engineer-to-order 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

ETO ERP Software Solutions

      Unlike other ERP RFPs, an ETO ERP 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 ETO ERP RFP Master function is useful during both the software selection AND the implementation phases of a large engineer-to-order system because it enables effective Earned Value Management through detailed cross-referencing of usable software functionality and vendor invoicing.


      Workflow Topics Included.

      The ability of the proposed software to successfully integrate with existing business process workflows, or implement new workflows, is critical to a achieving the high productivity increases and ROI expected of the new ETO ERP system. This RFP Master examines all pertinent Workflow features in detail.


      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 engineer-to-order 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

ETO ERP 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 ETO ERP response comparison matrices are included and ready-to-use! Quickly and easily compare engineer-to-order software system proposals side-by-side, feature by feature, in detailed comparisons you control! Keep your project on-schedule and under-budget.


      Evaluation Ratios

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


      Weighted Grade Score Graph

      Compares the Weighted Grade Point Score calculated for each proposed engineer to order ERP system. This is calculated as follows: The ETO ERP 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 engineer to order ERP 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 ETO ERP 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 engineer to order ERP 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 ETO ERP vendor is proposing to deliver the system feature/function contained in their ETO ERP 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 (and tested) ETO ERP feature presents far less risk than that same ETO ERP feature done as a "custom programming" task. Also, see the Supportability Index, which sums up these detail risk factors.


      ETO ERP Supportability Index Graph:

      The Supportability Index is a forecast of how much engineer to order ERP software support and maintenance may be required to keep each proposed software system running at full potential over it's lifetime. This score is determined by how much custom coding is required to implement the proposed ETO ERP 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 engineer to order ERP system that also has a high Weighted Score, along with the Vendor Profile. The more custom code, the higher the risk posed by that ETO ERP 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 ETO ERP RFP. The engineer to order ERP 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 vendor is probably going to be.


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