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OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification

Chapter 9 - Evaluating Third-Party Products

Vendor Evaluation

Perform the following steps in the Vendor Evaluation phase:

  • Create a final vendor selection process (methods used to perform the evaluation) and weighted evaluation metrics (evaluation criteria used to compare the products).

    • The evaluation processes and metrics created in this phase are more in-depth than those created during the Initial Analysis phase.

    • Vendor responses to the Request for Information may require alterations to both evaluation processes and evaluation metrics.

    • Functional requirements – evaluate the product based on its ability to solve the business problem.

    • Technical requirements - evaluate the product based on its technical capabilities.

  • Create Request for Proposal (RFP)

    • The Request for Proposal is more formal than the Request for Information.

    • The document details the scope of the sales process (meetings, presentations, product demos, trial periods, timelines and deliverables).

    • It also defines the procedures and rules to be followed by vendors during the evaluation process. Ground rules are written and shared with the qualified vendors.

    • Notify the vendors of how they will be evaluated (overview of compliance matrix).

  • Vendor meetings and presentations are held during this phase.

  • Create a questionnaire and contact the vendor supplied customer references.

  • The evaluation matrix is used to measure product conformance to the business unit IT unit requirements.

The above text is an excerpt from:

OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification
A Study Guide to Advanced Oracle Certified Professional Database
Administration Techniques

ISBN 0-9744355-3-8

by Christopher T. Foot

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