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...
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.
What Is Vendor Management? - Vendor Management Note
How is vendor management defined? Info-Tech’s The Five Vendor Management Towers of Excellence defines vendor management as a proactive, holistic, and strategic approach to interacting with vendors from cradle-to-grave (i.e. onboarding through offboarding).
Jump Start Your Vendor Management Initiative – Phases 1-4 - Vendor Management Storyboard
This storyboard will help you design a framework for creating and implementing a vendor management Initiative that fits your needs whether you want to leverage vendor management principles and tools or want to create a formal vendor management office.
Jump Start Your Vendor Management Initiative – Executive Brief - Vendor Management Note
Read this Executive Brief to understand how changes in the vendor landscape and customer reliance on vendors have made a vendor management initiative indispensable.
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.