Requests for Proposals (RFP) and Proposals APIs are part of LittleBig Connection APIs and help you in the Sourcing stage of your project lifecycle. Let’s see in this article when and how you can use them, and which information they include.
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Presentation of RFP and Proposals APIs
By using these APIs, you can keep track of your projects even before they start. Indeed, thanks to them, you will be able to retrieve several types of data from the platform relating to your future projects like the budget, the location, the duration of the project, etc.
These APIs also enable you to collect data to elaborate Key Performance Indicators (KPI) reports with details originating from your Requests for Proposals and their Proposals.
You can use them at the following moments:
The usage of other Premium features such as Project Codes, Profile Codes and Custom fields will also enrich this data in your internal tools.
Using RFP API
When your RFP has been published on LittleBig platform, the RFP API can then be used to:
- Search for published Requests for Proposals
- Synchronize the list of Requests for Proposals with your internal systems
For instance, thanks to the API call operation SearchRequestsForProposal relating to the synchronization of the published RFPs with your internal systems, you will be able to filter the published RFPs.
Thanks to this feature, you will also be able to do a search in real time by specifying a specific time period, with the purpose of targeting your results with the highest level of precision. Have a look at the API Documentation page to have more details on the search criteria.
The response you will receive from this API call contains the following information related to the searched RFPs:
Using Proposals API
Once suppliers have responded to your published RFPs, the Proposals API may be used to:
- Search proposals linked to a specific RFP
- Synchronize with your internal systems to recover data
For instance, with the API call operation SearchProposal, you can filter the list of RFPs by using the unique RFP ID (RFP-XXXX-Y) that you will find thanks to the previous operation, in order to retrieve the corresponding proposals.
Thanks to this feature, you will also have the option of doing a search in real time by specifying a determined time frame, with the goal of targeting these results more accurately. Have a look at the API Documentation page to have more details on the search criteria.
The response you will receive from this API call contains the information sourced from the Request for Proposals that corresponds to the criteria below:
Once this has been done, the Operational manager may revise and select the desired proposal directly from your internal systems.