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A request for solution (RFS, also known as ''request for proposed solution'') is a commercial document that describes a technological or organizational situation and demands a solution (for example, a new arrangement of information technology, IT) to possible suppliers of this solution. This document is normally issued by the organization which would benefit from the solution. The buying organisation keeps a dialogue with would-be suppliers to determine together the best solution. The difference with a
request for proposal A request for proposal (RFP) is a document that solicits proposal, often made through a bidding Bidding is an offer (often competitive) to set a price tag by an individual or business for a product or service ''or'' a demand that something b ...
(RFP) consists of the RFS being much more open and leaving more space to innovate. Both RFP and RFS have requirements, but those of RFS are more general. RFSs also need less time to be answered, so they are likely to get a higher number of responses. "A classic example of request for solution: the client gave general instructions regarding the solution while laying lesser restrictions on specific technology." "In contrast to a detailed, buyer-led RFP, the RFS is an open-ended, collaborative process. The customer describes its environment, objectives, concerns, and risk tolerance and the potential suppliers come back with solutions that meet those general requirements." The RFS may be used as the first step in a
procurement Procurement is the process of finding and agreeing to terms, and acquiring goods, Service (economics), services, or works from an external source, often via a tendering or competitive bidding process. Procurement generally involves making buyin ...
process. Once a determined solution has been selected, the process can advance one step, issuing, for example, a RFP, more specific and detailed.


Controversy

Lutz Peichert challenges the need for yet another procurement term (RFS) when RFP already exists. John Healer, on the contrary, has found "the Request for Solution language to be of value". Researchers from the University of Tennessee consider RFS "an emerging competitive bidding methodology".


See also

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Call for bids An invitation to tender (ITT, otherwise known as a call for bids or a request for tenders) is a formal, structured procedure for generating competing offers from different potential suppliers or contractors looking to obtain an award of business ...
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Request for quotation A request for quotation (RfQ) is a business process in which a company or public entity requests a quote from a Distributor (business), supplier for the purchase of specific Product (business), products or Service (economics), services. RfQ general ...
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Request for information A request for information (RFI) is a common business Business is the activity of making one's living or making money by producing or buying and selling products (such as goods and services). Simply put, it is "any activity or enterprise ent ...
* Request for association


References

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