Selecting an IT provider to do your business project with is a responsible task. Your decision is likely to impact your organisation’s efficiency and strength for the upcoming months, if not years. A good choice will mean the right level of technology support to propel your organisation. But selecting a wrong IT supplier can be detrimental to the health of your company.
RFI template for IT outsourcing
Of course it all starts with a good quality Request for Information (RFI) designed specifically for IT outsourcing services. A well-written RFI will help you make the process of evaluating potential software development partners time- and cost-efficient and will help you ensure that what they offer is aligned with the needs of your business.
Now, let’s say you’ve already received all replies to your RFIs and you’ve shortlisted some promising suppliers. What is the next step? The time has come to compare your choices to find a perfect technology partner.
Compare IT outsourcing companies
Without doubt, a comparison like this requires an in-depth assessment of a number of criteria (such as the suppliers’ experience, location, infrastructure, capabilities, etc.) to minimise the risk of a failure for your business. It is best to use a checklist system, which includes these criteria and where you rate each of your shortlisted suppliers against these criteria.
If you have already visited the Start Nearshoring knowledge portal, you may have seen that Future Processing designed a free, downloadable tool for comparing outsourcing service providers. Its aim is to help business leaders to make the process of assessing IT suppliers fairer, quicker and more transparent. After rating your shortlisted companies in the tool, you will be able to view a visual report (which you can share with your boss or colleagues) showing you strong and weak sides of each provider.
Choosing your IT partner is without doubt a big, long-term decision which should be given some serious thought. Hopefully you will find that both tools – the RFI template and the IT supplier comparison tool – effectively support you in this decision. But most importantly, we hope they will make the whole process a little less daunting.