ClassTalk: Vendor Evaluation
ClassTalk: Vendor Evaluation
Listof vendor evaluation
Price of products
Quality of computers
The capacity of the vendor’s computers to address the current technical as well as business needs
Functionality and reliability of the vendor
Theprocess of evaluating the vendor should follow at least five majorsteps when purchasing computers. First, the business should analyzeand define its requirements, including the technical, vendor, andpublishing requirements (Brown, 2010). Secondly the business shouldidentify multiple vendors from whom the one who meet the businessrequirements is picked. The third step is the development of theevaluation criteria. The vendor can be evaluated on the basis of thequality of the products (computers in this case), the price or costof the products, capacity to supply the products in time, ability tomeet the business requirements as well as specifications, function orreliability, and coverage (Don, 2014). The ranking of the vendorevaluation criteria should depend on business requirements andstatus. For example, a business with financial constraints mightfirst consider the price offered by the vendor, while an establishedbusiness might consider the quality and the functionality of thecomputers. This implies that the evaluation of a vendor who has beenselected will vary from business to business. Lastly, the businessshould establish a relationship with a vendor who is able to give asolution overview of the present technological, as well as thebusiness requirements.
Opensource software refers to a type of software that that made availabletogether with its source code, and the holder of the copyright isgiven the permission to change, study, and distribute it to otherpeople for any purpose (Valacich & Schneider, 2014). Open sourcesoftware is better when used for internet-based applications. This isbecause the internet itself is developed in several open sourceprograms (Red Hat Incorporation, 2014). However, open source softwaremay not the best option for the business applications, such as thebanking and security. Although such business may use open sourcesoftware in a few applications, they require some software that istailored to address their specific business needs. In my case, theFirefox browser is open source software that I use quite often. I useopen source software because they allow me to take control over theirapplication and ensure that do not do what I do not want.
Ibanputs forward an appropriate definition of the open source software.However, I disagree with the idea that open source software isdesigned for entertainment. This is because open source software isused in a wide range of applications, both commercial andnon-commercial. For example, most of the internet applications arefacilitated by the open source software and can be used by businessand individuals to carry out different functions (Red HatIncorporation, 2014). However, I agree with Iban that open sourcesoftware has limited applications because certain functions,especially in the bank require software that is tailored for them.Nevertheless, nearly all organizations use open source software in atleast a few of its operations. In his part, Iban prefers open sourcesoftware because of their numerous features and the ease of use. Thisimplies that the decision to use the open source software depends onthe task that one wants to accomplish and the key features of thetarget software that will facilitate the accomplishment of thosetasks.
Isaacfocuses more on the entire process of selecting a vendor for 10computers and pays less attention to the criteria that should be usedto evaluate a vendor who has been selected. The question requests thestudent to give a list of criteria used to evaluate the vendorselected. This implies that the main focus of the answer should havefocused less on the process of selecting a vendor and focuses more onthe evaluation of one who have been selected. Isaac addresses themain issue in the fourth step of the process of vendor selection,which he calls the proposal evaluation. In my view the criteria to beused for the evaluation of the selected vendor should have includedthe consideration of the cost or price of their products,functionality as well as reliability, capacity of vendor`s computersto address the present technical as well as business needs, andquality of the computers (Don, 2014).
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Valacich,J. & Schneider, C. (2014). InformationSystems Today, Managing in the Digital World. (6thed.).Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.