Sunday, January 4, 2009

Do not award to lowest bidder II

Just last month, NTUC has already made a statement in the newspapers not to award projects based on lowest quote. I've written about it here. Today again, they made the same plea. What they said, again is pretty much common sense.

Vendors need to eat. You know what you want (supposedly). If you word your RFQ/Tender ambiguously so as to get a better deal, in the end both sides loses. This is simple common sense, and yet ignored. If you do not know what you want, then pay someone to write your RFQ/Tender requirements. And when things go wrong, it's always the vendor's fault. The mentality here seems to be it's never my fault. It's always your fault.

Mark my words... Sooner or later, no respected vendors will take your project and you will end up with solutions that doesn't resolve your problem if you're lucky. If you're unlucky, it will cause more problems for you.

I'm tired of all these squabbles.

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