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Fall Seminar Preview: A How-to Guide — Successfully Executing an RFP Process

September 28, 2016 – Successfully navigating the ins and outs of the RFP process is the topic kicking off the second day of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) 2016 fall seminars on October 5.  Attendees can expect an interactive experience with a panel of scholarly communication professionals providing insight on the RFP process from a variety of viewpoints including society and commercial publishers.

The SSP Fall Seminars will be held October 4-5, 2016 at the American Geophysical Union in Washington D.C. Registration for the two-day event is now open, with options for bundled or individual sessions.  “A How-to Guide: Successfully Executing an RFP Process” will be run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on October 5.

As the industry continues to adapt to meet the needs of the shifting scholarly communications landscape, many publishers are confronted with an increasingly complex world where things are becoming more intermingled and the expectation of the timeline for delivery to market is shrinking. With project budgets being more restricted and subject to greater scrutiny, the analysis and preparation of a “Request for Proposal” (RFP) is a business critical function.  

Attendees will hear from a group of industry veterans who have been through the RFP process, from the nascent stages of deciding what help is needed, to marshaling support, identifying candidates, and making a decision.  Speakers will share their experience and expertise in finding the best solution for the problem at hand and discuss what has and has not worked for them in the past.

“Five scholarly publishing professionals will provide insight from a variety of viewpoints on successfully managing the RFP process – an independent society publisher, a society publisher that works with a commercial publisher, two consultants, and a vendor will each share their perspectives and experiences.” said Wendy Newsham, HighWire, who is serving as the session’s moderator.

Joining Newsham for the session are panelists Pam Harley, Clarke & Company; Jennifer Pesanelli, FASEB; Cara Rivera, Kaufman Wills Fusting & Company; and Mary Warner, American Pharmacists Association.  The group offers a robust range of experiences which should make for an excellent discussion.   Newsham intends to keep the session moving from topic to topic by structuring it as an interactive session.  Attendees should be prepared to participate.

“Bring your RFP questions for an interactive workshop during which we can talk about attendees’ experiences. We can collaborate to work through ideas to implement solid processes and ensure success for your next RFP or response,” said Newsham.

More information about the entire line up of SSP fall seminars is available via the SSP Events page.    Registration for the two-day event and its individual sessions remains open.

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