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The Uncertain Future of IT's Most Influential Vendors Requires Vendor Risk Modeling

Published: 20 July 2015

ID: G00271786

Analyst(s): Gayla Sullivan

Summary

Many of the IT industry's largest, most complex vendors recently made strategic and financial changes that can have significant, long-term implications for clients. IT vendor management leaders must assess the impacts of the changes on their businesses and take appropriate action to mitigate risk.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

  • What Scenarios Warrant the Re-evaluation of Large Vendors?

Impacts and Recommendations

  • In response to an increasingly competitive environment, the pace of strategic and financial changes among leading IT vendors, including capital restructuring and major leadership changes, has accelerated, creating risk elements that IT vendor management leaders must track to avoid potential business disruptions
  • Because IT vendor management leaders may be unaware or may not realize the significance of changes made by their largest, most strategic vendors, they often fail to take appropriate action
    • Divestitures
    • Leadership Changes
    • Increased Investor/Shareholder Activity
    • SWOT Analysis
  • IT vendor management leaders who fail to proactively address potential future change scenarios may have no legal recourse if a strategic vendor's changes result in detrimental impacts to their businesses
  • Methodology

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