Deciding to invest in an information technology (IT) service or product is stressful. Granted, it’s usually a big purchase and the expectations are high. You have to evaluate data security and potential vendors’ implementation time frames and breadth of industry expertise. Naturally, there’s a lot of pressure to get it right. Luckily, a thoughtful IT RFP can help you make a strategic choice.

In this blog, we’ll explore everything you need to know about creating an effective IT RFP. From key terminology and definitions to simple steps you can take to identify a vendor who meets all your requirements, you’ll find what you need here. Finally, we’ll offer IT RFP templates and examples to help guide you through the process.

Final thoughts on RFPs for IT services

Key takeaway: Remeber, make sure your RFP will actually achieve your objective. Consider that there might be a simpler, quicker way to find the information you need (RFQ, RFI, etc.). Finally, if you do go with an RFP, do your homework, look for tips and examples, and make sure you’ve included all the critical criteria.

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Originally published on January 13, 2017 — Updated June 25, 2020