[Koha] HELP!!! Need RFP specifications

Lori Bowen Ayre lori.ayre at galecia.com
Fri Mar 4 05:20:58 NZDT 2011


What I recommend people do that are in your situation is to decide on which
products you are interested in based on your own evaluation of the
functional requirements (which it sounds like you may have done already) and
then put out an RFQ to get quotes from the various service providers.  I
think that would still meet your bidding process requirements, no?

If not, just do an RFP with some key differentiators listed in the
functional specs area (since you already know the hundreds of functions that
do exist in Koha and every other ILS so why put everyone through the pain of
asking).  Include a pricing section in your RFP of course.  That way,
multiple Koha support providers can respond and it won't take them five days
just to wade through a big ugly RFP responding to a bunch of question
everyone already know the answer to.


Lori Bowen Ayre // Library Technology Consultant
The Galecia Group // www.galecia.com
(707) 763-6869 // Lori.Ayre at galecia.com

<Lori.Ayre at galecia.com>Specializing in open source ILS solutions, RFID,
workflow optimization, and materials handling

2011/3/3 Buster <storypage at gmail.com>

> Good morning, y'all.
> We are currently working on selecting a new ILS for our library to replace
> our Dinosaur Dynix system and are leaning heavily toward Koha. I am not
> nearly tech savvy enough to migrate and install it myself so we will
> definitely need a good vendor to handle that for us. Because of the
> limitations of our particular jurisdiction, we will need to do a Request For
> Proposals and go through a bidding process. My problem is I have been asked
> to come up with the specifications for our RFP and have no clue where to
> start.
> It occurred to me to draw on this Brain Trust and ask my fellow US systems
> folks on here for assistance. Why "reinvent the wheel", as the cliche' goes.
> So, if it isn't too much trouble and doesn't violate your system's
> confidentiality, would some of you mind forwarding to my private email
> (storypage at gmail.com) any specifications and/or RFPs you used when you
> switched to Koha? It would save me an awful lot of work and headaches.
> Alternately, could you give me a few hints on how to get started? We are
> primarily looking at contracting out server setup, migration, training and
> support.
> We will no doubt have very different needs from yours, but it will at least
> give me a starting point and some ideas.
> Thanks from the clueless,
> --Jim Maroon
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