At what stage of your engagement do you sign an NDA with a vendor you are evaluating? Day 1? POC? Never?

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CIO in Energy and Utilities, 11 - 50 employees
Depends on what you understand as “day 1”.

It has to be signed as soon as you need to share sensitive info or grant access to any asset.

So, rule of thumb: it is much better to have your own NDA proforma and have it signed by all parties as soon as you realize you need it in order to move forward with your vendors.
CIO in Hardware, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
The day I start having business discussions.. It could be just after the first meeting.. 
Director of Network Transformation, Self-employed
When the talks get serious about the tech.  Or there is a confidential use case.  But never day 1.  
VP of IT, Self-employed
Before sharing any information about the company, it could be on Day 1, POC, contracting, or before implementation. But it must precede sharing any information about the technology or security stack of my company.
VP of IT & CISPO in Finance (non-banking), 201 - 500 employees
It depends. 

If we are doing something proprietary or a new competitive business initiative then on day 1.  

If we are doing something more in the I&O space then at POC.  
Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer & Head of Cybersecurity in IT Services, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
It is signed on the day when you are asked to share any information.

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