Sourcing is one of the core disciplines of IT. The quality of the sourcing and the underlying sourcing strategy greatly influence the quality of the IT service and the value of supporting the business.
The sourcing strategy determines which different sourcing models are to be applied in the enterprise IT and according to which criteria a suitable sourcing model is selected for a service or an application. The goals and the requirements of the business as well as the resources of the enterprise IT are decisive here.
A structured sourcing process and a subsequent effective contract and supplier control are essential to the strategy. A structured sourcing process already includes, at the beginning, a clear definition of the required services, the required quality standards as well as the clear design of the cooperation model. Clarity at the beginning of the process creates the basis for a good collaboration and smooth delivery.
Digitization drives sourcing in IT
Through digitization, the requirements to the suppliers are partly fundamental and have an impact on the sourcing model of IT. The forms of collaboration between IT and the supplier change from a purely service-based to a collaborative, partnership-based collaboration. Drivers for this are agile methods, such as Scrum or DevOps, which require a team-oriented approach rather than a classic customer-supplier relationship in Run and Change. In addition, cloud technologies, be it SaaS, PaaS or IaaS solutions, require a different sourcing and the underlying supplier and contract management.
Sourcing is not to be understood as a one-time discipline in the sense of tendering and contracting for a service, but as a continuous process to understand purchased services and related suppliers to control, improve and integrate into the landscape of enterprise IT. Sourcing is understood as an integration discipline, which also contributes significantly to the value of IT for the management of the supplier portfolio.
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Master of Engineering and Business Administration
At 4C you will not encounter consultants corresponding to usual stereotypes. And certainly not in the person of Joerg Bassen, who - as an engineer - stands for the principle of gravity, that means a down-to-earth attitude, objectivity, careful consideration and thorough analysis. Not only our clients benefit from his “engineer’s viewpoint” and his distinctive analytical skills, but also our internal knowledge exchange and qualification activities for our consultants.
His focus lies within the CIO and CDO Office and including IT strategy, sourcing management, digitization, IT Controlling / decision making and change management. Concurrently he heads as managing director our digital joint venture GROUP ZERO ONE, where he advises companies in developing, initiating and monetizing digital business models.
He has extensive experience in various industry sectors.
Master of Business Administration
An absolute intention to change things for the better is part of every 4C consultant’s essential mindset. Anyone who can prove this talent in challenging project situations, will go far with 4C. This applies in particular for Hans-Martin Schneider, whose assertiveness and talent for business development is combined with a good sense of humor.
His focus is in business transformation, digitization, business development & growth as well as restructuring.
He has extensive experience in the financial services, services and technology sectors as well as with owner and owner managed companies.