Ten Questions to Ask Potential Vendors
In This Chapter
Identifying the right vendor for your needs
Understanding the products and services that vendors provide
Finding a vendor that meets — and even exceeds — your needs is critical to ensuring your success when working with GIS. In order to find that vendor, you need to know what questions to ask. This chapter provides a good starting point for your decision-making process. Whatever you do, don’t rush your decision.
What Services Do You Offer?
Your first questions for a vendor should be based on your needs. Figure out what you require for output (called Spatial Information Products). Your output requirements give you an idea of the software capabilities, data structures (for example, raster or vector), and analytical capabilities that you need. Also, determine what, beyond the software, you’ll need from the company. Do you need consulting, implementation and setup, training, complete solutions, individualized services, or data?
Can You Show How Your Product Will Meet My Needs?
Among the most powerful methods of evaluating the utility, quality, and reliability of a vendor is to view examples of products and services that it provided to other clients. Reputable companies provide examples from ...