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Select Supply Chain Management Software

This Ready-to-Use RFP Template Master for Supply Chain Management (SCM) software selection is pre-loaded with over 3,098 requirements criteria, and is focused on selecting supply chain management software solutions. It provides capabilities that go far beyond those of a traditional RFP limited to asking vendors simple non-quantitative questions about SCM software features. Specialized for use in complex information system environments, this RFP template collects information from vendors about all aspects of the supply chain management 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 supply chain management software solution best suited to your company's needs.

In addition to all SCM software industry standard criteria, this RFP queries vendors about Digital Supply Network (DSN) capabilities, reverse logistics, eProcurement & Sourcing, Collaboration, Cloud Computing, Risk Management, Voice Technology, and other state-of-the-art capabilities to ensure the optimum fit to your current and future requirements.

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SAVE WEEKS, even MONTHS OF TIME by using thousands of professionally written SCM software RFP statements & questions to communicate your SCM software system requirements quickly and accurately. No need to re-invent the wheel.
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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 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 SCM 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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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 supply chain management software system implementation schedules.
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VENDOR RESPONSE VALIDATION saves time and effort, and reduces errors, when evaluating vendor SCM software proposals. View example here.
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WORKFLOW TOPICS ensure the proposed supply chain management software can be fully integrated and utilized to enhance business procedures at all levels of the enterprise. View Workflow samples here.
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This Supply Chain Management (SCM) Software RFP is downloaded with the following Supporting Documents INCLUDED:
Full Version of risk assessment matrix checklist focused on SCM software acquisition and implementation projects for working sample "Click Here"
COVER LETTER SAMPLES - Make the task easier with this SCM software 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 SCM needs.
BPE/BPR/WORKFLOW Checklists - An ideal template for mapping the current "AS-IS" state of an existing SCM 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 SCM process, or preparing for data conversion.
the Optimized SCM 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 SCM System Cutover Checklist Helps Streamlines Implementation! Included or Sold Separately
MS Word document describing the organization and usage of the SCM comparison matrix.
MS Word document describing the organization and usage of the SCM RFP.


A full set of vendor response evaluation & comparison tools are included with this SCM RFP:
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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 SCM 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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AUTOMATED WEIGHTED GRADE POINT SCORING is a quantitative measure of how well a proposed SCM 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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"SCM Response Evaluation Ratios (scores) help you save time. View a typical evaluation ratios here.
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Feature Delivery Methods This graph compares HOW each SCM vendor is planning to deliver the proposed supply chain management 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 SCM comparison are based on responses to SCM 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 supply chain management system could look very good on paper, but once implementation begins the reality could be very different. The ease with which a SCM 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 SCM Software System Features only. This graph compares the potential support effort inherent in each proposed supply chain management 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 supply chain management system along with its Supportability Index and associated Vendor Profile. Use this when assessing the RISK of a proposed SCM system and whether or not the SCM system can indeed be implemented by the proposing SCM 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 supply chain management RFP. The Vendor Profile Score provides a way of assessing the Capabilities PROFILE of a proposing SCM vendor. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.


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      A Detailed & Comprehensive List of:

Supply Chain Management (SCM) System Features

3,098 pre-loaded supply chain management 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 SCM Software Features Availability and Deliverability

Unlike other RFPs that try (and fail) to gather useful solutions data about complex supply chain management 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 supply chain management 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 of

SCM 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 supply chain management system because it enables effective Earned Value Management through detailed cross-referencing of usable software functionality and vendor invoicing.

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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 supply chain management (SCM) 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!


 

      Workflow Topics Included.

The ability of the proposed supply chain managment software to successfully integrate with existng business process workflows, or implement new workflows, is critical to a achieving the high productivity increases and ROI expected of the new SCM system. This RFP Template examines all pertinent Workflow features in detail.


 

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

SCM 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 supply chain management 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 supply chain management 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.


 

      Evaluation Ratios

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


 

      Feature Delivery Method Comparison:

An analysis of how each vendor is proposing to deliver the SCM system 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 (and tested) SCM 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.


 

      SCM Supportability Index Graph:

The Supportability Index is a forecast of how much support and maintenance may be required to keep each proposed SCM 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 SCM software, and which business processes depend on the customized system.


 

      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 SCM system that also has a high Weighted Score, along with the Vendor Profile. The more custom code, the higher the risk posed by that supply chain management system. Therefore, the more custom coding, the more expertise and capabilities a SCM vendor should have.


 

      Vendor Profile Score Graph:

The vendor background, expertise, capabilities, and certifications is obtained in the Vendor Global Issues section of the RFP. The SCM vendor responses to this section are totaled separately from the system 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 have.

 


 

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