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Video: Use this simple process to improve IT vendor selection

When it's time to spend a big chunk of your IT budget on a new purchase, you need to systematically map out your requirements so that you select the best vendor. Episode #4 of Sanity Savers for IT Executives outlines a simple process to help you improve IT vendor selection.

When it's time to spend a big chunk of your IT budget on a new purchase, you need to systematically map out the requirements of your project or upgrade so that you select the best vendor. Episode #4 of Sanity Savers for IT Executives outlines a simple process to help you do your due diligence and improve IT vendor selection.

Here is a link to the original article that this tip was based on, plus several of TechRepublic's vendor selection checklists that are set up to use the process mentioned in this video. Disclaimer: The checklists are only available to TechRepublic Pro members.

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6 comments
mokajunkie
mokajunkie

I cannot get QuickTime to run on my computer. I have no problem with Windows Media Player or Real Player. I have Windows XP Home, V. 2002, SP2 on a Dell Dimension 4550 (P-4, 2.00 GHz w/1 GB Ram). Is there a workaround? Bergen Ludman, mokajunkie@verizon.net

thisisfutile
thisisfutile

This is more of a thermometer rather than criteria. The old saying: "If you need something done, ask a busy person to do it" is good measuring stick of a companies worth. We're currently getting a new server and I got a quote from a vendor that said, "I have to warn you, we're back-logged right now. It will be at least a month before we can install." They won the bid. They're busy for a reason and that's because they're a reputable company. If I talk with a vendor that can "start immediately" because they have nothing else to do, I get nervous.

Belkris
Belkris

The fact that a vendor cannot install for a month does not mean he is a suitable vendor. He may have financial issues, may have lost a key staff member witn the associated IP, may have a poor relationship with his suppliers or simply be unable to manage supply.

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