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IT Procurement Handbook for SMEs by David Nickson

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REQUIREMENTS

Before you buy anything it is as well to know what it is you want to buy.

Case study

Overview

A small garage wanted to buy a system to do their basic accounts, support correspondence and handle invoices. They had a PC that was used to write and file letters but this was fairly old and nobody in the company really knew how to use it.

What they specified

They wrote up a shopping list of what they wanted: a new, up-to-date PC, with word processing, an accounting package suitable for home or small business use, a printer and something for connecting to the internet (some of their parts suppliers had websites and they thought it might be useful to be able to access them). They looked in some PC magazines and asked someone’s technically ...

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