Vendor Management: A Structured Approach for Effective Communication
Globalization has provided organizations to expand their wings to regions far beyond the geographical
boundaries. However, as the organization expands, there arises the need to meet the ever-changing
demands of a wider customer base, which further demands for faster delivery of products and services
which would eventually lead to higher profit revenues and customer loyalties in the long run.
Nevertheless, in the entire lifecycle of the business process, vendors are the vital components for
success of any business.
Vendor management is a structured approach to establish an ongoing communication channel with the
core aim of alleviating risks, receive excellent service and increased value from a supplier during the
business process. Such vendor management services besides ensuring quality services from the vendor
also provides as a forum to address business changes. With the aid of key performance indicators (KPI’s)
organizations measure vendor performance against the service level expectations.
However, the crux of the situation is identification and selection of right vendors. Gartner’s research on
vendor management provides organizations with the know-how for vendor selection enabling
organizations to manage vendor contracts for efficient performance. Today with technology having a
strong footing in every industry sector vendor management solutions have also taken the IT way.
Vendor management system, a web based application features order distribution, consolidated billing and
enhanced reporting capability. Business houses manage and procure temporary staffing services and
contract labor use this software. In the financial industry, vendor management ensures risk assessment to
eliminate any third-party risks. Further to keep up with the trying times of the vendor management
roadmap for the industries, leading service providers have developed vendor management solutions.
The vendor management software will facilitate organizations to mange the risk-based vendor selection,
centralized document management and remediation management in a very effective way. Such solutions
will help enterprises to improve vendor collaboration. Further the vendor management services offered by
these leading services providers include automated monitoring and management of sensitive data and
technical controls, empowers mangers to handle risk, assess the vendor risk and derive IT compliance
and risk ratings, measure the compliance levels and take appropriate actions in case of vendor non-
However, one of the key success factor associated with good vendor management, is recognizing vendor
compliance. As technological innovations turned to cloud based technology, the leading service providers
have developed state-of-art cloud-based automated IT security and compliance management solution
which easily adopt all security, IT governance and compliance management functions into its framework.
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