Multinational organisations have unique rules of transactions which drive their supply chains – rules which, in a nutshell, create complexity. When it comes to acquiring and managing IT infrastructure or deploying an IT project, both procurement and IT departments within international organisations are looking to achieve alignment with corporate best practices, a common corporate governance strategy, the ability to leverage global buying power, and economies of scale.
It all sounds complex, but the thinking can be made easier by considering three questions when deploying a multinational IT project:
- Do your preferred IT vendors have a global footprint?
- What global supply chain services and support do your vendors or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) offer?
- Do your employees have the bandwidth and knowledge to manage global procurement and logistics in-house?
Be sure you ask these questions up-front. Don’t wait until it’s time to order the equipment to start thinking about how it’s going to be procured and delivered!
Based on the answers to these questions you should then be able to decide whether you want to manage your own multinational procurement and logistics, or work with a partner who can manage it for you. While thinking about the answers to these questions you should also keep the following procurement and logistics goals in mind:
Goal 1: A single point of accountability for all of your IT procurement and logistics needs.
Goal 2: A window of visibility into the total supply chain, from order placement through to delivery and invoice.
Goal 3: Insight into the total cost of sourcing for IT equipment, as in “what is it going to cost to get this to my door?”
As a global organisation, you already know that successful project deployments depend just as much on buying the right equipment, as ensuring that equipment gets to the right place at the right time and at the right cost. How you approach your deployment strategy is a critical component of success.
Your procurement and logistics goals can be attained by partnering with the right, uniquely equipped IT service provider who not only understands IT, but can help you to address the complexities and assist with the intricacies of global procurement such as the unique laws, taxes and customs procedures of shipping IT equipment into countries all over the world. You need a partner who can do all of this whilst providing you with visibility, control and advice through each step of the process and who can offer a complete package in order and delivery management.
To find out how Dimension Data’s Supply Chain Services is unique to other offerings, read our summary document or contact us directly so that we can start providing you with international procurement and logistics advice today. You can also visit our Global Supply Chain Management page for more information.
Head of Business Development and Strategic Alliances