Establishing a productive partnership

Managing Service Delivery Relationships is a Challenge

(This article was kindly contributed by my friend Peter Hind who runs Hindsight Forum in Sydney and Melbourne. It is a vendor free forum where technology managers come together and share their experiences. )

Increasingly the task for many information and technology departments is to evolve their activities from being the doers to becoming the managers of the doers. This evolution has been driven by both the steady use of outsourcing and the burgeoning popularity of Cloud computing. With many organisations now in their third iteration of outsourcing and with the service delivery model for applications and infrastructure gaining traction the challenge is to ensure that the agreements that govern these relationships are effective. Continue reading “Establishing a productive partnership”

Building effective vendor partnerships

When companies announce technology deals both the company and the vendor are keen to describe the deal as a partnership and not a transaction. ¬†This is because a partnership sounds more strategic. There is hope that this relationship between the company and the vendor can create some long-lasting value or mutual gain, but the reality soon bites. The relationship soon changes from a partnership to transacting, which often leads to bickering and disappointment. Papers regularly report stories of long-term sourcing or services partnerships that are not renewed or are cut down in size. This makes us wonder if the vendor partnership is simply just a myth. Continue reading “Building effective vendor partnerships”