Coming (Very) Soon: A Request for Information
Later this week we will issue a request for information. The RFI is the first step in our process of choosing a vendor to help us design the new website.
We know from experience working on both sides that the request for proposal process is painful for everyone -- vendors spend a lot of time preparing proposals with no guarantee their investment in time will yield an engagement, and the buyer has to spend a huge amount of time evaluating what are usually very different responses. Too often the buyer writes an RFP with too little information and vendors have to guess what the buyer needs, resulting in less than good proposals.
We don't want that to happen. We wish to respect the efforts of competing vendors and create a manageable evaluation process for us.
The RFI will ask 13 questions about a vendor's design, technology and project management approach and their experience in higher ed. We will evaluate responses and send an RFP to what we think are the best qualified vendors.
Keep your eyes on this blog for the RFI announcement.
UPDATE (November 6, 2015): It's out.