What is Strategic Vendor Management?
Strategic Vendor Management is an ongoing process that provides centralized visibility into procurement spending, which allows for better-informed business decisions.1 It is a systematic approach that helps IT leaders get the most value from their strategic vendors.2
What Are the Benefits of Strategic Vendor Management?
Vendor partnerships need consistent management to help create a robust dynamic partnership. Establishing a strategic vendor management plan can help you:
- Lower costs: good relationships and shared insight lead to better pricing and collaborative strategies. A great relationship can also lead to better rates and prices if you and your vendors agree on a long-term contract.3
- Innovation: proactively engaging with strategic vendors ensures maximum efficiency and increases focus on core business functions. Collaboration and communication is a critical component of strategic vendor management.
- IT governance: vendor management can better support IT governance, helping organizations keep a close eye on compliance and risk management.
- Proactivity: strategic vendor management allows your organization to remain proactive instead of reactive by staying on top of vendor performance and efficiency.4
How to Improve Strategic Vendor Management
You can improve vendor management by creating an action plan to assess your current vendor relationships, following the steps below:
- Gather information around vendors’ profiles, performance, benefits, and risks.
- Review of the vendors’ profiles with all company stakeholders.
- Document the process so you can apply it to all vendors and identify under-performing vendors.
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- Automated license reporting: ensure the people who need software get it, and those who don’t need it don’t get it.
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