Issue Date: 
Monday, May 23, 2016

Functionality in Tenders Part 2 - 10 Tips

Tenders in South Africa are measured on three principles namely Functionality, Price and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE). An Enterprise's ability to execute a contract is measured through the Functionality Principal in the Tender Environment. If an Enterprise's tender response does not pass the Functionality test it can't be measured on Price and B-BBEE. Enterprises that respond to tenders must ensure that they will pass the Functionality test in order to advance.

But how do you ensure that your tender response will pass the Functionality test? Here are 10 tips on how to pass the Functionality test:

1.    You must realize that the Functionality test in a tender is nothing else but the section where you advertise your goods and / or services. Responding to tenders it is a focussed marketing opportunity. You get the opportunity to focus           your marketing one specific buyer who is in desperate need of procuring goods and / or services such as what you are offering. Ensure to make the most of it!
2.    You earn points during the Functionality test. Before you start responding to tenders go to the Functionality section. Scan the criteria to see if you will earn enough points to go through to the next round of evaluation. It doesn't make           sense to waste time and money on a tender response if you are not going to pass the Functionality test.
3.    Ensure that you respond to a tender that is related to the business you are in. You will not be successful in bidding for something that you have no experience of.
4.    Use the exact phrasing or wording in your tender response that is used in the tender document. This makes it easier for the Evaluation Committee to find what they are looking for in your tender response.
5.    Use the exact same format that the tender document uses in your response on Functionality. If the Functionality in the tender document is in a table then try and use a table as well in your response.
6.    Your items under Functionality must be in the same order as that in the tender document. Don't swap items around. You want to make it as easy as possible for the Evaluation Committee to find what they are looking for.
7.    Don't over sell your business. This might seem weird saying this but many Enterprises have a range of goods and / or services that they sell. Evaluation Committees are only interested in the goods and / or services that they want to         procure. Giving them too much information at the wrong time might prevent them from finding the right information.
8.    Be visual! In today's world everything is about visual effects. We look at mobile screens, computer screens and big screen televisions. Heck, even your car has a screen it these days! Ensure that your tender response, especially               when it comes to Functionality, has some photos in it. Put photos in of your product as well as photos of your Enterprises' people. If you use machinery in your business then showing it of is always a good idea. At the end of the day         the photos that you put into your tender respond must add value to your tender response. Obviously the photos must be relevant to the tender requirements.
9.    Be honest in your functionality response. Remember that a tender is binding and if you cannot execute the contract you might find yourself in legal battles if you have won the tender but you cannot execute the tender.
10.  Finally you must remember that your tender response is going be evaluated by a person such as you and me. Also remember that your tender response is not going to be the only tender response to that specific tender. So make it           easy for the people on the Evaluation Committee to find and score your Functionality items.

If you follow these tips and tricks you will have a better chance in be successful at bidding. 

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at werner@how2tender.com

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd. which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

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10 things to remember when you tender

By Werner van Rooyen

31 January 2019

There are many things that you as a small business owner must remember when you respond to a tender and sometimes responding to a tender can be overwhelming. Experience has taught me that there are some important things to remember when responding to a Tender and there are some less important things to remember when responding to a Tender.

Here are ten of the important things to remember when responding to a Tender. Please remember that all ten of these items mention here are equal... Read More

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