posted on Thursday, September 01, 2011 - 08:53 am
John Parker mentioned "Boards now also seem to be asking for some Risk Analysis as well as a Financial appraisal."
Nothing is without risk. Staying with LSPs also has its own risk. Suppose the PACS suppliers do not renew their own contract with LSPs. The LSPs do not have their own PACS.
However in the current situation (without any speculations) staying with LSPs is perhaps least risky.
Change with minimising risk do a like for like comparison with your existing supplier--- 1. Take out a contract directly with your PACS supplier directly 2. Choose a supplier who has had experiance with large migrations---£20TB data or more. Ask this in your response to OJEU 3. Ask how many site deployments your supplier has with storage of 200,000 exams per annum 4. Ask when was the 1st large deployment of PACS by the supplier (>200,000 exams per year) 5. Ask how many qualified support staff they employ 6. Ask what kind of SLAs they provide to existing customers 7. Ask how many qualified developers they have in their team. 8. Ask for a history of software releases? 9. Ask if they would be willing to share their support response time figures with you.
This can particularly be done through the competitive dialogue type of OJEU.
Every person is different with their attitude to risk and so is every Trust.