IT costs are often seen as a small percentage of business expense, generally sitting under 5% of overall business expenses. Many leaders in the past have focused on larger areas, avoiding taking a deep dive into IT cost because there are often complexities (multiple locations, deep-dive auditing of bills, managing a renegotiating contracts) for a small return in cost savings.
A strong external IT resource will still need a focused system in place to manage their day-to-day impact on your business. However, one major problem in the IT industry is that company’s internal IT teams don’t have the time and, in most cases, the resources to manage their IT, Telecom, and VOIP systems at a micro-level. They are too busy managing the system-wide issues that arise daily and impact employees’ productivity on a ground level.
The expansion of digital business, growth of cloud services and increasing regulatory scrutiny of third-party vendor relationships are just a few factors placing a heightened focus on vendor risk management.
But not every vendor relationship is created equal. A true, risk-based approach requires organizations to first segment their vendors based on pre-determined criteria, and then establish an appropriate level of ongoing due diligence and oversight activities based on the assigned level of risk. And while the specific activities may vary across organizations, there are three types of risk you want to be sure to address.
It happens all of the time. Clients that audit their own billing and manage their own contracts spend wasted hours trying to sort out the fees and promo plans service providers offer. In the end (months later) they realize how much time and energy they spent trying to sort out the very complicated terms, renewals and plans that should have been crystal clear from the beginning. No customer should have to feel they are “in charge” or have to be “on the watch” for changes in their contracts and agreements especially those “1 year promos”. Shouldn’t the service provider INFORM their customer more clearly of any changes going into effect, clearly state them and offer cost saving OPTIONS? Well that is NEVER going to happen!
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