As companies continue to increase their strategic reliance on vendors, outsourced services and collaborative alliances, business leaders should “rethink” Vendor Management. In fact, the sheer number of vendors engaged in organizations of all sizes is projected to grow substantially, making it more difficult for traditional procurement organizations to manage. Thus it should be an important strategic imperative to establish a vendor management discipline through a best-in-class Vendor Management Office (VMO).
High-performing VMO’s are increasingly demonstrating their value in Fortune 100 companies as well as smaller organizations. Each is scaled in accordance with the organization’s objectives and needs, but the results are growing every day. Regardless of size, there are common objectives and measures to drive VMO effectiveness and best practices. They are:
Achieving a successful VMO implementation requires a comprehensive approach and methodology engaging hundreds of processes, responsibilities, policies and tools and technologies, threaded together with newly collaborative vendor relationships. The degree of success is largely determined by the ability to bring all of this together in a best-in-class VMO that is tightly aligned with the company’s strategic and tactical business objectives.
By establishing and evolving an effective VMO, organizations can drive significant value from vendor relationships and serve a key role in the execution of business objectives. Additionally, VMOs with the components of a world-class vendor management function are able to help organizations achieve targeted business outcomes over the long-term.
For more information on WGroup’s Vendor Management consulting services, visit: http://thinkwgroup.com/services/vendor-management
Steve has over 30 years of IT management and consulting experience, with deep expertise in transforming IT organizations, IT sourcing strategy, contract development, and negotiations. He is known for his pragmatic approach to problem-solving, which enables clients to quickly implement and benefit from his recommendations.