Expand your experience by attending both Gartner IT Financial, Procurement & Asset Management Summit 2015 and Gartner Sourcing & Strategic Vendor Relationships Summit 2015
Special discounted pricing for attending both.
Conquering Complexity: Driving Business Value in the New Services Ecosystem
Ensure your vendor eco-system delivers value to your business. This conference is
the definitive annual event for the sourcing community, delivering practical guidance on IT and business process sourcing strategies, service provider evaluation and selection, contract development and vendor management. Learn how to conquer the complexity of the services ecosystem and drive business value from new technology options, pricing models, and delivery models.
Conference Chair Chris Ambrose explains why this summit is important now, and what attendees will learn.
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Gartner Sourcing & Strategic Vendor Relationships Summit was designed for individuals in the following roles
IT Sourcing Manager
IT Services Sourcing Manager
IT Services Delivery Manager
IT Services Contract Manager
Chief Procurement Officer
IT Procurement Manager
IT Sourcing Managers, IT Contract Managers, IT Procurement Manager
Vendor Relationship Manager
Vendor Performance Manager
Vendor Risk Manager
Vendor Contract Manager
IT Vendor Managers, Vendor Relationships Managers, Vendor Risk Managers
Head of IT
IT Operations Manager
Cloud Services Manager
Cloud Delivery Manager
What You Will Learn
Through analyst sessions, problem-solving workshops and peer interaction, you'll gain the insight necessary to:
Identify the best delivery models and providers for your needs, and negotiate contracts that will deliver real value to your business
Design a sustainable performance management program that includes the “right” performance metrics and incentives to keep your deals on track
Develop practical sourcing and vendor governance models, competencies and best practices to create sustainable value
Develop vendor management metrics, scorecards, and dashboards to measure and communicate vendor performance
Mitigate outsourcing and cloud risks by developing a vendor risk management discipline
Identify and leverage key disruptive technologies for both immediate and long term value
Our 2015 agenda features dedicated tracks for sourcing executives, sourcing and contract managers, IT vendor managers and emerging trends and disruptive technologies. Plus, networking, roundtables, contract negotiation clinics and more.
Track A: Sourcing Executives: Creating Sustainable Strategies in Complex Times
Track B: Sourcing and Contract Managers: Ensuring the Right Deals with the Right Providers
Track C: Emerging Trends and Disruptive Technologies: Making Sense of the Available Options
Track D: IT Vendor Management: Optimizing Vendor Relationships
Real-World Outsourcing: Workshops, Roundtables and Contract Negotiation Clinics
Key Take-Aways from the 2014 Conference
Every industry is being disrupted by the move toward digital business. The forces that have enabled organizations such as Netflix, Amazon and Spotify to redefine their industries will also have a radical impact on your organization. How should you adapt your sourcing strategies to deliver the agility and innovation that digital business requires? Last year’s summit helped attendees understand how to adapt their approaches and vendor ecosystem to the growing requirements of digital business. From the creation of effective IT sourcing strategies, the selection of “best fit” providers and the adoption of new pricing models, to the management of current and emerging providers, the summit gave fresh new ideas and concrete, actionable “how to” advice.
Key Take-Aways from the 2014 Conference Included:
1. CIOs and Senior Leaders: Adjust your sourcing strategies to the needs of digital business
Organizations must adapt their sourcing strategies on the basis of the different operating models of their company (innovate, differentiate and run). Invest in the right combination of capabilities and assets according to the chosen layer(s) to improve competitiveness and maximize profitability.
Innovation is not a one-time process — it must be a key recurring process of your organization’s ecosystem.
Effective global delivery involves setting goals, comprehensive planning and mitigating risks.
2. Sourcing and Contract Managers: Recalibrate deal objectives to enhance business outcomes
Prepare to manage complexity and invest in cloud sourcing governance and demand management.
Traditional sourcing activities such as scoping, due diligence, transition and transformation will continue to challenge the success of many outsourcing initiatives.
The three layers of an adaptive sourcing strategy must be underpinned by specific pricing, contract mechanisms, SLAs and stakeholder involvement.
3. Vendor managers: Establish vendor management disciplines and integration mechanisms
Vendor management must be a disciplined program, and must develop solid and collaborative partnerships with sourcing, procurement and the lines of business.
Organizations must create, document and communicate a vendor management mission and charter that defines what VM activities will be supported, who has the responsibilities and how VM value will be measured.
4. Marketplace: Reappraise the marketplace to take advantage of opportunities
Managed services will look and feel very different midway through the contract period for deals signed in the next 12 months.
Internet of Things and digital business transformation skills often come from nontraditional suppliers.
Both clients and providers need to embrace bimodal behaviors to fill the innovation gap and realize the full potential of adaptive sourcing.
"Really good conference. Excellent cloud track with mix of known and new terms, ideas etc. Great networking and super location."
Manager IP, ITIL
Listen to inspirational guest keynote speakers; hear from Gartner-invited end-user case study speakers – real practitioners with real-world knowledge; and learn from Gartner analysts – the foremost experts in their areas of focus.
Meet the Solution Providers at the Forefront of Soucing & Strategic Vendor Relationships
The Gartner Sourcing & Strategic Vendor Relationships Summit will help you develop a "short list" of technology and service providers who can meet your particular needs. You'll receive exclusive access to some of the world's leading technology and service providers in a variety of settings.
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Venue & Travel
Special Gartner Hotel Room Rate.
$200+tax for single or double occupancy. We have a limited block for attendees of Gartner Sourcing and Strategic Vendor Relationships Summit. As these rooms can only be held until October 10 we recommend you book your rooms in advance.
Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail
United States -
A Note About Accomodations
Gartner has been made aware that a service provider called Exhibition Housing Management has contacted a number of individuals who are attending our conference to offer hotel reservation services. Exhibition Housing Management does not represent Gartner, nor have we authorized them to contact attendees on our behalf.