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This Ready-to-Use RFP Master ™ with 5,678 CRITERIA is focused on selecting discrete enterprise resource planning system software solutions, and provides benefits that go far beyond those of traditional RFPs that are limited to asking vendors about the availability of ERP software features . Specialized for use in complex information system environments, this RFP Master for manufacturing collects information from vendors about all aspects of the enterprise resource planning 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 enterprise resource planning software solution best suited to your company's needs. This Manufacturing ERP RFP also includes criteria for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud, and traditional on-premise server-based computing, and targets all lines of business. Obtain answersd to Frequently Asked Questions

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IDENTIFY Feature AVAILABILITY & DELIVERABILITY. Unlike other ERP RFPs, Infotivity enterprise resource planning 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 Discrete ERP RFP Master for Manufacturing includes a Feature Support Matrix ™ (FSM) to automatically capture this information, which can be used to create very accurate and reliable enterprise resource planning software system implementation schedules.
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Determine RISK and SUPPORTABILITY. ERP RFP Masters automatically evaluate vendor response data collected to quantitatively determine the SUPPORTABILITY INDEX ™ of each proposed discrete enterprise resource planning 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 ERP software system up and running. Measure the true impact of each system on your business over the long term.
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ENHANCEMENT COST TRACKING - This RFP template feature provides a facility for cross-referencing the cost of specific custom programming and/or scripting tasks with vendor invoices. This enables the RFP to become a very useful implementation cost management/audit tool. Ideal for Earned Value Management (EVM).
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CUSTOMIZABLE WEIGHTED GRADE SCORING - (automatically calculate suitability to unique company needs!)

Highly flexible weighted grade score based on user-defined weights down to the detail row and response level is calculated for each RFP question criteria. This user-defined, customizable weighting allows vendor RFP responses to be evaluated based on your company's specific needs priorities. Calculate weighted scores by department, by workflow process, by application, or by activity to calculate a score that reflect the true value and impact of a proposed discrete ERP software system.

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WORKFLOW TOPICS ensure the proposed enterprise resource planning 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 HR, payroll, T&A software proposals. View example here.
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"APPLES-to-APPLES" COMPARISON of vendor enterprise resource planning RFP responses (proposals) is assured by extensive use of quantitative ERP RFP questions and full vendor response validation. Compare proposed 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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"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 ERP system matches up to your business priorities. This graph compares the overall total scores for each proposed enterprise resource planning system. This Score is based on all 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 discrete ERP vendor is planning to deliver the proposed enterprise resource planning 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 ERP comparison are based on responses to 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 enterprise resource planning system could look very good on paper, but once implementation begins the reality could be very different. The ease with which a 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 ERP Software System Features only. This graph compares the potential support effort inherent in each proposed enterprise resource planning 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 enterprise resource planning system along with its Supportability Index and associated Vendor Profile. Use this when assessing the RISK of a proposed ERP system and whether or not the ERP system can indeed be implemented by the proposing 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 enterprise resource planning RFP. The Vendor Profile Score provides a way of assessing the Capabilities PROFILE of a proposing ERP vendor. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.


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A Detailed & Comprehensive List of:

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System Features

Pre-defined discrete enterprise resource planning 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. For more criteria detail information Click Here!


IUtilize an Extensive List of: Discrete Mfg ERP Software Fit/GAP Analysis

Precisely identify, collect, & prioritize all ERP functional and process deficiencies between the software system currently in use and client/company current or projected needs. Easily document the severity, category, and requirements type of missing functionality using GAP analysis, and then calculates a score, for each GAP. The GAP process creates a prioritized, detailed list of discrete enterprise resource planning software requirements useful in all later phases of the ERP software evaluation/selection process, i.e., in RFP creation, Software Demonstrations, Price (BAFO) negotiation, and software system implementation. View details at Fit/GAP Analysis Details.


Identify BOTH ERP Software Features Availability and Deliverability

Unlike other ERP RFPs that try (and fail) to gather useful solutions data about complex enterprise resource planning system features, ERP RFP Masters for Manufacturing are not constrained to the use of summary-level "Yes" or "No" answers. This discrete ERP software RFP Master ™ uses a Feature Support Matrix ™ (FSM) that identify BOTH feature AVAILABILITY and DELIVERY Method. This ERP RFP Master template function is useful during both the enterprise resource planning 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

ERP Software Solutions

Unlike other RFPs, an ERP RFP Master for Manufacturing can illustrate potential support problems (and risk) inherent in vendor discrete ERP system proposals. The Feature Support Matrix ™ (FSM) used in each discrete ERP 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 enterprise resource planning RFP Master for manufacturing function is useful during both the software selection AND the implementation phases of a large ERP system because it enables effective Earned Value Management through detailed cross-referencing of usable software functionality and vendor invoicing.


Effectively Manage Implementation

Enhancement Cost Tracker

This manufacturing ERP RFP template provides an "Enhancement Cost" column for cross-referencing vendor invoices with the estimated cost of each custom custom script and/or source code modification proposed by the vendor. This makes the enterprise resource planning RFP an ideal tool for managing vendor invoices effectively. The uses of this are many: preventing payments to vendors from exceeding usable system progress, preventing vendor over-billing, and prevents proposed tasks from being omitted, and as an implementation audit tool.


Workflow Topics Included.

The ability of the proposed 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 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 enterprise resource planning 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 ERP Systems

ERP Software Comparison

These comparison matrices automatically change vendor response cell background color to GREEN, YELLOW, or RED, to reflect how favorable each ERP 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 enterprise resource planning 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 ERP vendor proposals quickly and efficiently.


Weighted Grade Score Graph

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


ERP Supportability Index Graph:

The Supportability Index is a forecast of how much enterprise resource planning 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 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 enterprise resource planning system that also has a high Weighted Score, along with the Vendor Profile. The more custom code, the higher the risk posed by that 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 ERP RFP. The enterprise resource planning 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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