The purpose of the wireless network acquisition process is to procure low-cost product and service solutions that will fulfill exact network design performance requirements, which are consistent with established corporate policies and business objectives.
Users must decide how formal their procurement task must be, and then begin the process with inputs from groups within the organization. Even if they are integrating a wireless network with a pre-existing network the project may be massive and require a formal procurement method. The long-term outlook may be that the wired client stations will eventually be replaced entirely by the wireless fixed or mobile stations. From group feedback they must narrow the choice of qualified vendors and employ evaluation vehicles such as Request for Information (RFIs) and Requests for Proposal(RFPs). Though these formal instruments may not be needed in small contracts, the principles of procurement are the same whatever the scale of the project.
This report details the entire acquisition process for Wireless LAN Products. This report covers the wireless LAN acquisition process for corporate enterprises planning to deploy or expand a wireless LAN network.
Acquiring Enterprise Wireless Network Products
-The Acquisition Process
-Needs Assessment Phase
-The Needs Assessment and Justification of Wireless LAN Communications
-Identify Vendor Candidates
-Communicate Wireless Communications Requirements Through the RFP
-Evaluate and Score Vendor Responses Wireless LAN Cost Of Ownership Analysis
-Wireless LAN Direct Costs
-Select a Vendor and Create The Recommendation Document
-Finalize The Contract
-Plan for the Project
-Implement and Accept