This post describes a hypothetical scenario which some of you may have encountered in System integration environment.
Supposed you are a project engineer, one fine morning you received an email from a potential client with attached PDF file, the content said:
We are from XXX company, we are currently expanding and construction of our new branch office is almost completed, we are seeking for a network solution that can handle voice, video (CCTV) and data, the requirements and information of the new site is attached, we preferred Cisco devices however if you have network devices from other vendor which can meet our requirements, please inform us the specification as well as project reference of your proposed vendor’s network products. Kindly review it and let us know your proposal asap. Thanks.
Well you are a greenhorn to the IT field, or specifically in a solution provider’s environment, this working environment has many dynamics to allow you to grow, learn and advance towards your career. You seek your senior’s advice on how to respond to this email from a potential client. After reviewing the attached PDF document, and some discussion you are assigned to do a bill of material (BOM) list to meet customer’s requirements.
Cisco.com has a huge database of information, if you are new in prepare phase (PPDIOO first phase) you may be tempted to dive into cisco.com and look through the datasheet and start to search for accessories and components for a network device for example a 4507R+E, after several hours of search you found that the information you seek has missing pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, you may be frustrated and may reprimand yourself for not doing a good job.
Cisco makes your life easier through Dynamic configurator tool
Cisco designed a web-based tool known as dynamic configurator tool, this tool is to help distributor and channel partners to compile BOM for their projects.