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Free IT outsourcing templates: SLAs, RFPs and more

SearchCIO.com Staff

Negotiating an IT outsourcing deal has many steps, from sending out the request for proposal (RFP) to nailing down contract terms, including service-level agreements (SLAs). Those processes can be easier if you have best practices or even IT outsourcing templates to follow, as they walk you through the steps and decision points.

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Here, we have compiled a sampling of free IT outsourcing templates to help enterprise organizations in their sourcing strategies. These include SLA templates, RFP templates and more. Offered by a range of organizations, from professional associations to vendors and publishers, the templates and other materials can help you enter into a sourcing negotiation confidently and reach your goals. Have a look.

Sourcing templates and scorecards

SOURCE: Finpro Shanghai (an association of Finnish companies that presented in China)
OFFERING: A step-by-step guide to setting selection criteria, evaluating candidate companies, requesting and comparing quotations and testing orders.

SOURCE: Strategic Sourcing Europe
OFFERING: Links to three supplier scorecards that will help you measure and monitor your supplier performance, quality and cost.

SOURCE: Ethiosys Inc.
OFFERING: A guide to metrics for measuring the success of your IT outsourcing deal, such as network availability and delivery time, as well as an uptime calculator.

SLA templates

SOURCE: Information Technology Services
OFFERING: A format for assessing vendor responsibilities and procedures, and a measureable description of services being provided.

SOURCE: KnowledgeLeader
OFFERING: A sample template for developing SLAs that addresses file delivery expectations, escalation actions and resources, services hours for problem resolution and more.

SOURCE: Sourcingmag.com
OFFERING: A series of essays providing advice on setting outsourcing SLAs, including doing a risk assessment, covering contract disputes and managing the contract after it's signed.

SOURCE: The SLA Toolkit
OFFERING: A partial SLA template for clauses related to quality of service, remedies for breaches, compensation, customer duties and more.

Software outsourcing RFP template

SOURCE: Toolbox for IT
OFFERING: A Google Doc of an RFP addressing technical specifications, engagement governance, project management and more.

Let us know what IT outsourcing templates work for you; email editor@searchcio.com.


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