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You Say RFI, I Say Riffy: Why You and Your Vendor Need to Speak the Same Language
When ideas fail, words come in very handy. - Johann Wolfgang von GoetheSoftware Selection PitfallsQuick, what’s the number-one pitfall of the software

i rfp  Avoid Software Requirement Miscommunication I don’t recommend you sit down with the salesperson and drag your list of requirements line-by-line through Merriam-Webster. That would just be dumb. However, it’s essential to make sure that you and the vendor are on the same page. Which is of course where TEC’s RFP templates come in. TEC RFP templates are created by TEC industry analysts in conjunction with the world's leading software vendors, including SAP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Infor, Epicor,

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