TASS INVITATION TO TENDER
ICT Software Business Services are invited to tender for Consulting based project for the ERP development project outlined below.
Opening Date: 10/12/2017
Closing Date: 15/01/2018
Project Brief: CORPORATE ICT ERP CONSULTANCY PROJECT
TASS has an immediate requirement for a comprehensive ICT infrastructure development program. The formulation of which will result in a comprehensive ERP system to handle large scale anti slip product production and project based installation services.
The project is required to develop an ICT / ERP infrastructure to handle and manage all aspects of business operations. Platform needs to be cloud based allowing for local and remote internet system access to facilitate on site and off site operations as well as multiple office / warehouse / factory integration. KEY CONSULTING SECTORS to be reviewed include: Customer Relationship Management CRM. Contract Management, Work Order and Quote Management, Sales, Tenders, Sales Order Processing, Logistics Management, Parts / Inventory Management, Purchasing and Stock, Import / Export, Manufacturing, Project Management to include; HandS, QA and Environmental Components, Project + Task Management, Online Collaboration, System Flexibility, Conformance, HSE, Product Documentation, Quality / procedure documentation, Environmental documentation, Supplier, Logistics and Sub Contractor Management, Accounting / Invoice Management / Integration, Automated Email and Text Communications, Reporting.
British Designers – Manufacturers – Suppliers – Installers.
Boasting over 30 years combined experience within the anti-slip and health and safety industry, TASS Anti-Slip supply our services and products to major companies in the tiling, step tread and flooring industry
TASS Anti-Slip offer a complete design, manufacture, supply, and where required, installation service of our unique “first to market” patented anti-slip treatments which include:
- RezTred Anti-Slip Resin
- Home-Grip Sanitary Resin
- RezTrim Step Nosings
- Bumpeez Tactiles
- Bumpetz Corduroy Trims
All our products come fully guaranteed and have been endorsed and licensed for use by government bodies such as London Underground, Network Rail, German Rail DB Bahn and the European Water-park association.
Boasting corporate clients including the Marriott, Sheraton and Taj Palace hotels, we strive for a positive corporate image. Our motto is “first impressions, lasting impressions” and we believe our full range of products will help you and us achieve this aim.
The TASS Globals Management Team is seeking a formal costed quotation, along with a proposed delivery plan, of the types of services that you might be able to supply matching the brief detailed below for an integrated accounts and Enterprise Resource Planning IT solution.
The business a preference to install a cloud ERP solution in order to minimise any on-premise systems administration and maintenance. There are some important pre-requisites that any candidate system must adhere to.
- A fully integrated job costing element to enable us to assign components, labour, resource and materials to a singular project. This will be a reference for future projects and so will need to remain live once the project has completed.
- A complete end-to-end solution from leads, opportunities to customer order, all supply chain processing, project costing including staff time and materials through to the resulting sales invoice(s) and post sales support
- The inclusion of a feature rich accounting system or to tightly integrate with a market leading product
- The inclusion or tight integration of a modern payroll system with support for workplace pensions, holiday authorisation as well as standard payroll functions and a yearly update of thresholds and any legislative changes. If no payroll function are either within or can be integrated with the proposed system, a method should be included within any response of how payroll costs can be appropriately accounted for within the project costing and accounting elements of the system.
- Ability to integrate with the company’s telephony platform
- Support for barcode scanning for goods in and stores management as well as scanning items as used on the shop floor
- The ability to set multiple security profiles for different staff levels to allow read and update on a field-by-field level basis.
- An intuitive interface where different modules/areas of the system have a similar look and feel. The system needs to be configured to provide easy and intuitive access to each different type of User.
- The ability to create reports in house by suitably trained staff avoiding the mandatory need for specialist or professional services to producing specific reports.
In addition, some of the specific pre-requisites are described in more detail below:
It is vital that we can track and record the true costs around any project. With the ability to assign costs and internal resource and materials to codes within the project and compare against a pre-set budget. This data will be able to be referenced for future projects. Currently Job Costing is a single point data entry that integrated with accounts and payroll, to enable a true view of the costs around any one project. The new system must be able to provide such clarity and reliability in data accuracy. Of critical importance is how the system will assist with the allocation of staff and management of their time. It is essential that a graphical scheduling tool is available for the efficient scheduling of all boat building staff. Furthermore, the system, via a suitable device located in each build bay, should allow each staff member to sign off from the project they are currently working on and be advised of the next project they are to move to. This action will record that member of staff’s time on the project they have just left and start the recording of time on the project they are about to move to, and so on.
Furthermore, it must be possible to allocate certain non-staff resources to each project – e.g. the build bay itself, storage tanks etc. Another critical requirement is with the accounting capability of the overall system and around the payment terms of specific components as ordered by a customer. Different items used within a project will attract different payment terms.
The system as a whole needs to cater for a field level permission structure where User profiles can be tailored to allow view and/or edit at a field level. As previously mentioned, all projects are carried out based on a series of milestones. It must be possible to tag milestones. Workflows should be configured within the system to alert relevant users and management where a precedent is either running behind or where it is predicted to affect a following task. Indeed,
Workflows should be deployed to assist with the overall management of all projects. Workflow actions can take on different functions where some may be to send an alert email under certain conditions; and others may be to set a task to be completed within a set timeframe or to set a calendar appointment.
The primary purpose of the Customer Relationship management system is to provide a central repository for all stakeholder information; i.e. Customers, Prospects, Suppliers, Sub-Contractors etc..
Email integration/communication history
The system should also maintain all communication history with each Contact in terms of emails, telephone calls and notes. An effective integration between Outlook (365) and the proposed CRM system would be desirable where inbound emails when viewed in Outlook automatically search for a corresponding Contact in the CRM system allowing the User to assign the email to the communications history of that Contact. Furthermore, outbound emails should be similarly assignable or synchronised to both the relevant contact and held in both Outlook and the CRM system.
It should be possible to run a communications campaign from the CRM system. This would mean using tools to select a group of stakeholders to use within an email campaign. Integration with third party direct email utilities is permissible however, the ease of use of the system must not be compromised if at all possible. It is desirable to be able to produce complex HTML emails with measurable calls to action within the body of the email to be able to assess interest as well as opens, unsubscribes and bounces.
The CRM should provide a report writing facility so that, after appropriate training, specifically defined reports can be crafted by TASS Globals administrative staff.
For reports that constitute key performance information, there should ideally be a feature to convert the report into a dashboard so that targets can be easily review graphically/pictorially.
Respondents should include a time allocation to review selected data from TASS Globals’ Sage systems to assess what can be imported into the proposed ERP/CRM/Accounts system in order to seed its operation.
TASS Globals invites quotes from suitably experienced consultancy based organisations with abilities and a proven track record in delivering consultancy service for robust and efficient account, ERP and CRM solutions in a cloud environment. The successful organisation will work in partnership with the in-house management team to provide consultancy services for implementing solutions.
The supplier will need to demonstrate:
- An ability to work with TASS Globals to ensure the development of accurate briefs that meet requirements
- Ability to demonstrate creativity and provide costed suggestions for the system and if necessary alternative solutions that still meet requirements
- A task and finish approach to project management
- Ability to keep accurate records and keep us informed at regular intervals of costs and to keep within budget
- An ability to include training on how to maintain all content managed pages
The successful organisation will be awarded a Contract which is expected to commence in late Jan 2018. It is hoped that the solution can be developed and completed during the 1st quarter of 2018 ready for launch early 2018. This would be subject to performance reviews and applicable procurement rules.
All Intellectual Property created by the successful Supplier in the course of performing the Services or exclusively for the purpose of performing the Services shall ultimately rest with TASS Globals.
Interested organisations are required to submit a response against the question set below:
Q1. Please detail your organisation’s skills and experience in delivering the type of activity detailed in the request for quotation. Please include examples where similar developments have been delivered successfully previously.
Q2. Please provide details of the relevant professional experience of staff that will be involved in delivering the service.
Q3. Please provide an outline plan for undertaking this work including expected time to start and finish including user testing time.
Q4. Please provide a brief description of how the development process works and how any communications would work with TASS Globals operational staff i.e. face to face phone e-mail web ex or conferencing tools such as Facetime\Skype.
Q5. Please provide examples of costings and explain if your rates are hourly or costed based on an estimate following an agreed specification of work required.
Please ensure all responses are limited to 500 words per question. Responses will be weighted as follows: Q1 15%, Q2 10%, Q3 30%, Q4 30% Q5 15%
Please return your completed quotation no later than 17:00 on 15th Jan 2018. Please put in the email subject line “Accounts – ERP – CRM – Submission”. Please direct any questions you have about this quote or the process to the email address below using the email subject line “Accounts – ERP – CRM – Questions”.
Following the review of submissions, organisations may be asked to present their proposal to convey their approach and ideas for the proposed website before a decision is made. Please note that TASS Global is submitting a funding application of which if successful the project is part funded by ERDF. TASS Globals reserves the right to withdraw from the procurement at any point in time during the procurement process. TASS Globals is committed to creating an environment where there is mutual respect, honesty and equality of opportunity for all. We expect suppliers to share and demonstrate this commitment in their policies and practices.