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Streamlining Operations, Enhancing Security – The Power of Synergy

By Kelli Silvernale, Vice President, CUVM
November 14, 2023

In today's fast-paced business landscape, operational efficiency and cybersecurity are paramount. This article explores the strategic relationship between vendor management and cybersecurity, focusing on how organizations can optimize their operations, mitigate risks, and enhance security while maintaining a competitive edge.

Operations, IT, and HR departments are vital for an organization's success, relying heavily on vendors and suppliers to meet their specific needs. Vendor management offers a systematic approach to streamline operations, optimize IT infrastructure, and support HR processes.

Vendor management involves the strategic oversight of vendor relationships, encompassing performance management, risk mitigation, and cost control. It provides several key benefits for professionals in operations, IT, and HR:

1.  Enhanced Efficiency

  • Streamlined Operations: Ensures a smooth supply chain and resource availability.
  • Technological Optimization: Aligns IT vendors with organizational goals.
  • Talent Management Support: Provides HR with training and benefits services.

2.  Risk Mitigation

  • Proactive Risk Assessment: Identifies and mitigates risks associated with vendor relationships.
  • Cybersecurity Vigilance: Maintains robust cybersecurity for IT.
  • Compliance Assurance: Ensures HR compliance with labor laws and regulations.

3.  Cost Control

  • Cost Optimization: Negotiates favorable terms, reducing operational, tech, and HR costs.
  • Budget Predictability: Enables better financial planning through vendor relationship management.

4.  Focus on Core Activities

  • Unburdened Resources: Allows professionals to focus on core responsibilities.
  • Strategic Initiatives: Allocates time and resources for driving organizational growth.

Vendor management empowers departments to optimize operations, mitigate risks, control costs, and focus on driving organizational success. By fostering strong vendor relationships, organizations position themselves for efficiency, resilience, and long-term growth.

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About CUVM

Currently serving over 200 credit unions in 36 states, CUVM offers a cost-effective and dependable way to manage vendor regulatory due diligence. It offers a holistic approach to managing contracts that takes the burden off credit unions’ already full plate. The streamlined vendor management process saves time and resources, and may even lower operational expenses for your credit union.