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21st September 17

Are you able to create a win-win with your service provider?

Most likely, a service provider knows more about the enterprise customer's operational setup. Leveraging this knowledge can make a big difference in running a smooth service delivery organization. 

Here are some examples where Enterprises can collaborate with Service Providers:

Site Information: Service providers have up to date information such as location maps, building plans, contact information, number of employees, cost center, and equipment inventory. It is worthwhile to collaborate on pooling information and keeping it up to date. 

Best Practices: Service Providers are not always into selling you the most expensive service or want you to buy more than what you need. If you ask the right question, you should get the right answer. For example, ask "How many applications should run in house Data Centers versus in Data Centers in the cloud?".

Shared Services: A service provider can run your mail service much more efficiently than you can. Moreover, since they are running it for multiple clients, the redundancy and availability will be much higher than you can afford. You might argue that you have a security concern. Reality might be that the Service Provider has better protection than you can afford. As long as your security needs are higher than the lowest minimum requirements of the service provider customers, you are good. 

ZENATICS has a unique feature to collaborate information with your service provider. Give us a call for a demo. 


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Lets face it. Your service providers are telling you they are doing a great job. You know the reality could be far from it. As someone put it to me recently. "It's like letting the students grade their own papers" Gartner and other analyst firms are already talking about the importance of a dedicated Vendor Management Team. If you are outsourcing more than 50% of your IT services, you need it.

Here are some vendor management answers that are not worth burying.

  1. Pay attention to the Service Level Agreements in your Contract: This is often overlooked in the excitement of big benefits of SaaS, PaaS, aka "The Cloud". Please make sure you ask your supplier for some basics such as percentage uptime guarantee, penalties for making changes, resolution times for incidents etc. You may want to have your own standards on how you may want to define some KPIs across different suppliers. More on this in the last paragraph. 
  2. Mind The Service Interdependencies: You may find out that one supplier's service is dependent upon another's. For example, your SAP supplier has dependencies on your network supplier. In such cases you need to align your SLAs so it makes sense. For example a 99.999% uptime on SAP is a waste if your Network to reach that SAP on the cloud has an uptime guarantee of only 98%. 
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For any questions and comments, please feel to contact me or post on our blog page.

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