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Drive Cost Optimization and Efficiencies With IT Vendor Portfolio Rationalization

Published: 19 May 2017

ID: G00324407

Analyst(s): Matt Corsi


The availability of technology service and solution options and vendors can lead to an unwieldy and inefficient vendor portfolio. Sourcing and vendor management leaders should periodically direct an effort to rationalize and consolidate vendors to improve spend and performance.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify Rationalization Opportunities by Performing Contract and Spend Analysis on Your Current Technology Supply Base
    • Step 1: Analyze Spend and Prioritize Subcategory Opportunities
  • Items to Consider When Prioritizing Subcategory Opportunities
  • Drive Savings and Efficiencies by Defining, Socializing and Executing a Technology Subcategory Rationalization Plan
    • Step 2: Develop a Plan for Each Subcategory
    • Step 3: Socialize Plan and Gain Buy-In
    • Step 4: Execute Plan and Identify Preferred Vendors
  • Balance the Need to Innovate While Governing Your Preferred Supply Base by Creating a Preferred Supplier Program
    • Step 5: Implement Governance to Maintain Rationalized Portfolio

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