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Manage Your Vendors Before They Manage You

Maximize the value of vendor relationships.

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  • John Alexis, Director of IT Services, GTAA
  • Deepak Bansal, Enterprise Head of IT Vendor Management, Envision Healthcare
  • Ronald Flockhart, Group Sourcing Head, FirstRand Group
  • Carla Di Castro, Senior Global Sourcing Manager, Workday
  • Gerry Holmes, Director of IT, Canadian Cancer Society (ret.)
  • Rick Johnson, IT Manager, St. Lawrence County Information Technology Department
  • Sherif Sheta, CIO Advisor, CCRM
  • Stratton Penberthy
  • Three anonymous contributors

Your Challenge

  • As IT services and products continue to become outsourced, IT is increasingly dependent on external vendors, and a transaction-based approach becomes insufficient to guarantee continued value.
  • When IT does not manage these vendors properly, performance levels can drop and fail to deliver essential services – and IT is left accountable.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • All vendors are not equal. Invest your vendor management efforts where they can deliver the best return; focus on the vendors that are most important to your business. Classify and prioritize your vendors to separate the wheat from the chaff.
  • Vendor management is an ongoing commitment. From contracting to renewal, a successful vendor management office (VMO) depends on your ability to create repeatable, iterative processes that can flourish over many years of diligent work.

Impact and Result

  • Prioritize and classify your vendors with quantifiable, standardized rankings.
  • Focus on your strategic vendors first, then, year over year, work through every classification of vendor.
  • Standardize your processes for transitioning in new vendors, maintaining communications, and monitoring performance.
  • Create clear escalation pathways and contingency plans for addressing vendor underperformance.
  • Codify your tailored, best-practice methodology for managing vendor relationships.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should standardize your vendor management practices, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

2. Classify vendors

Classify your vendors using Info-Tech’s best-practice C.O.S.T. quadrant.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a seven call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Prioritize vendors

Call #1 - Review inventory tool.
Call #2 - Discuss what attributes make a vendor indispensable to your organization.

Guided Implementation #2 - Classify vendors

Call #1 - Review Info-Tech’s classification system.
Call #2 - Validate your vendor classifications.

Guided Implementation #3 - Document vendors

Call #1 - Review the vendor information sheets and discuss any roadblocks.
Call #2 - Review the vendor scorecards and feedback cards.
Call #3 - Review meeting agendas and engagement plans.

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Vendor Management Course

Get more from your vendors than just a bill.
This course makes up part of the Financial Management Certificate.

Course information:

  • Title: Vendor Management Course
  • Number of Course Modules: 4
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 2-3 hours
  • Featured Analysts:
  • John Pinard, Sr. Research Director, Enterprise Applications
  • James Alexander, SVP of Research and Advisory, CIO Practice
  • Now Playing: Academy: Vendor Management | Executive Brief

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Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Prioritize Vendors

The Purpose

Prioritize your vendors based on their importance to the organization.

Key Benefits Achieved

Prioritized list within the Vendor Inventory and Prioritization Tool.




Decide what attributes make a vendor indispensable to your organization.


Prioritize list of IT vendors.

  • Vendor Inventory and Prioritization Tool

Module 2: Classify Vendors

The Purpose

Classify your vendors to focus your vendor management efforts.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Classified vendors.
  • A completed vendor inventory.




Right-size vendor classifications for your organization.


Classify your vendors.

  • Vendor Classification Tool

Complete the remaining fields of your inventory.

  • Vendor Inventory and Prioritization Tool

Module 3: Document Vendors

The Purpose

Document key information for each vendor and make a plan to maximize the value.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Consolidated vendor information for each of your vendors.
  • A standardized approach to vendor management, comprising customized:
    • Vendor scorecards
    • Vendor feedback cards
    • Vendor review aeeting agendas
    • Completed Vendor Management Program Plan and meeting agenda




Create a vendor information sheet for a strategic vendor.

  • Strategic Vendor Information Sheet

Create a vendor information sheet for a tactical or operational vendor.

  • Tactical/Operational Vendor Information Sheet

Create a vendor information sheet for a commodity vendor.

  • Commodity Vendor Information Sheet

Customize vendor scorecards.

  • Vendor Scorecard

Customize vendor feedback cards.

  • Vendor Feedback Cards

Customize meeting agendas.

  • Vendor Review Meeting Agenda Template
  • Vendor Management Team Meeting Agenda Template

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Scott Bickley has incredible knowledge and expertise in the area. The first time I have encountered this - he provided pre-call notes with relevant material for the discussion. He shared insights from his work experiences, research, and confirmed observations of trends. We appreciated his recommendations on approach, suggestions to consider and implement, and advice on how to handle pain points and issues..we definitely would like to work with him again!! He is professional and excellent!!

Peoples Bank



Best - Allowed discussion with an experienced individual/consultant on pertinent topics. Worst - Webinars might provide more value for those who need visual input as well as auditory.

St. Lawrence County



No worst. Professional and realistic insight and advice; you guys are awesome!!

Moog Inc



Best: insights shared validated the internal work we've done so far and the direction we were looking at. Expecting further value from ongoing guidance when we hit rough patches.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



Good analysis and great suggestions to move forward.

Veterans United Home Loans



The best part of this experience is the models/templates and step by step instructions. Honestly I have not found a worst part!