IP Telephony Request For Proposal (RFP) Template
The following list was created for use as a template for the development of an RFP for IP telephony based systems, including a provision for a contact center project. An effective RFP should include a description of the project's time tables and plans, how vendors should respond, a complete and detailed statement of anything financial, a detailed description of the proposed system's structure and how it would be safeguarded, technical descriptions of the required voice and contact center's capabilities, a solid definition of how the proposed system would interact with other software products, the features and capabilities of the end user's IP phone and desktop computer related functions, a thorough discussion of the capabilities of a hosted system if proposed, and extensive information about how the new system will be run and managed. The sample template contains 11 sections as follows:
Table of Contents
The following pages show the main subsections for each of the primary RFP sections. The full, detailed document (not shown) covers an additional 500 items that fall under these subsections plus 150 more questions that should be asked of any system provider before procuring their hardware and software.
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