Large IT Project - Estimations on Contract?
Posted on 2008-10-01
We are a small IT company that has been in business for nearly 5 years. We have an office on main street and service all things computers - residential and commercial. We have quite a few commercial contracts where we manage their networks, websites, etc.
Had a meeting today with a local business and the project they would like us to bid on is quite large. They currently have a main office and one branch office. They use SBS03 and around 30 users. They use SBS primarily for AD and Exchange. They will be opening up 2 more offices and 6 smaller (1 computer) branches soon. They plan on having over 100 employees at that time so SBS is out and Server 2003/2008 is in.
So... we will be handling everything. Ordering new hardware for all the new employees, new server, new everything. We will be setting it all up... physical and logical. We will be handling tape backups, day to day duties and everything else that goes into a project of this magnitude. We will also be designing a website and hosting that for them. So in the end we will be setting up Server 2003/2008 and a separate Exchange server and a few file servers for over 100 employees branched over 9 locations.
While we can certainly perform these duties... we have never had a request for one of this size.
Any ROUGH thoughts, based on what I wrote (there is more we will be doing but I cannot divulge too much), on what a good bid for labor would be (excluding hardware costs)? I would like a price for both setting it all up to the point of working and then the cost of 24/7 maintenance of all the offices included on-site daily checkups.
**This is a double post of sorts - I couldn't change my zones so I would like to try out this question in a few more zones.**