IT continues to "outsource" to cloud, managed service, and other providers. As a result, IT (and the organization as a whole) becomes more reliant on these vendors, and vendor management becomes increasingly necessary to manage the relationships and manage the risks. Implementing a vendor management initiative is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity.Read more
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Jump Start Your Vendor Management Initiative - Vendor Management Blueprint
IT continues to "outsource" to cloud, managed service, and other providers. As a result, IT (and the organization as a whole) becomes more reliant on these vendors, and vendor management becomes increasingly necessary to manage the relationships and manage the risks. Implementing a vendor...
Elevate Your Vendor Management Initiative - Vendor Management Blueprint
Once your vendor management initiative (VMI) has been operating for a while, it's time to take the next step in its evolution. It's time to transform the VMI from tactical to strategic to maximize its impact and value. This blueprint will help you elevate your VMI with a cyclical approach that...
Understand Cisco's Enterprise Agreement for Software - Vendor Management Blueprint
This blueprint will provide you with an overview of how the Cisco Enterprise Software agreement works, the pros and cons, and how to weigh the benefits and features to maximize savings and realize ROI. Gain insight as to how Cisco and its partners market the program in the channel that will...
Drive Successful Sourcing Outcomes With a Robust RFP Process - Vendor Management Blueprint
A bad RFP is ineffective and incomplete; it creates more questions than it answers; and, perhaps most importantly, it does not meet your organization expectations. Using the field-tested RFP process outlined in this blueprint will decrease the duration of your RFPs while maintaining leverage.
Reduce Risk With Rock-Solid Service-Level Agreements - Vendor Management Blueprint
Customers struggle to understand and evaluate what’s in the SLA and if they are meaningful and to protect their investment. Not understanding the details of SLAs applicable to various types of service (SaaS, MSP, Service Desk, DR, ISP) can lead to financial and compliance risk for the...
Evaluate and Learn From Your Negotiation Sessions More Effectively - Vendor Management Blueprint
Preparing and implementing a negotiation strategy are key components to a negotiation process, but there is another piece to the puzzle; debriefing after negotiations provides valuable information that can impact the current negotiation and future negotiations if it is done properly and timely.
Microsoft Dynamics 365: Understand the Transition to the Cloud - Vendor Management Blueprint
Microsoft Dynamics licensing is often one of the top one or two expense items in enterprise software budgets. A move to the cloud may be eminent, but understanding the timing, the cost, and the licensing can be daunting to many departments in your organization. You need to analyze what makes...
Identify and Reduce Agile Contract Risk - Vendor Management Blueprint
Agile methods have achieved a high level of popularity throughout the world. However, the challenge isn’t about adoption rates – it is about successful projects and minimizing risk. Some of the risk must be managed outside of the contract, but for Agile to thrive and succeed, the contract must...
Don’t Allow Software Licensing to Derail Your M&A - Vendor Management Blueprint
Many organizations are unaware of the implications of software licensing and the critical role IT plays during a merger, acquisition, or divestiture. Early involvement in the process provides an improved view of risks during due diligence, improving the ease of post-M&A integration.
Proactively Identify and Mitigate Vendor Risk - Vendor Management Blueprint
CIOs are faced with increasing pressure to successfully deliver IT projects that meet business needs on time and within budget while depending on many new and unproven technology vendors. Priorities are often focused on daily tasks, leading to increased risks that can turn into consequences....