IT Sourcing Editor's Choice

Make or Buy Decision Analysis

This research explored the key decision in sourcing: make, buy or make and buy. A structured make or buy decision analysis is presented identifying the factors affecting the decision with examples. Excellent Read! (300 pages)

Make or Buy Decision Framework

This paper introduces a structured framework for the make or buy decision which is perhaps the foundation of strategic sourcing. Companies have choices when it comes to product design, engineering, and manufacturing – will two people faced with the same factors make the identical make or buy decision? Which decision under those circumstances be better for the company? Here is how you can tell.

Strategic Sourcing Case Study

This presentation provides an introduction to strategic sourcing, describes its benefits, and details the results from an implementation. 

Definition of Purchasing and Procurement

This paper defines purchasing and related terms – procurement, supply chain management, buying, vendor management, contract management, … A great place for the CIO to start if they are confused by the buzzwords being thrown around when it comes to strategic sourcing!

Introduction to Outsourcing Models

The authors discuss aligning sourcing strategy with business objectives i.e. results driven strategic sourcing. The white paper introduces common outsourcing models that produce results – staff augmentation, managed services, project outsourcing, and out tasking.

Category Sourcing Strategy Guide

This step by step guide to category management helps strategic sourcing professionals develop category sourcing strategies. It provides a category sourcing strategy template and details the steps required to complete it.

Commodity Sourcing Strategies

This article discusses the processes, best practices, lessons learned and results from the procurement transformation shaping both commercial and not-for-profit organizations. The author applies these learning to develop strategic sourcing strategies and implement commodity strategies as an application of strategic sourcing.