Today's companies increasingly enlist the expertise of vendors to help keep pace with the innovation and best practices of the technology industry. But choosing the right ones and making sure that the relationships provide maximum value is a key challenge. Our ZDNet/TechRepublic special report on the topic, How to choose and manage great tech partners, looks at how businesses can navigate the increasingly complex landscape of vendor management.
For business leaders already dealing with a ton of vendors, this collection of articles includes valuable advice for how to make the most of those partnerships. Charles McLellan covers tools to help manage vendors and suppliers, and Mary Shacklett writes about how to manage confrontational meetings with underperforming vendors.
For companies in the early stages of vendor management, Alison DeNisco points out ten common mistakes companies make when partnering with vendors and how to avoid those, while Conner Forrest has tips on how to make sure vendors are up to the mark on cybersecurity.
This special feature also contains an infographic based on the results of Tech Pro Research's survey of IT professionals about vendor management, and a look at the evolution of the CIO's role in vendor management.