Six Building Blocks for Effective Benchmarking
There are six essential building blocks that need to be applied to elicit meaningful and insightful recommendations.
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Staffing rates, contract pricing and competitiveness
Total cost of ownership (TCO) and industry benchmarks
SLAs, user experience and provider relationships
Price, terms and conditions
Are total staffing levels and staffing utilization right for each functional area?
How do our level of assets compare? Are we providing the right service levels to users?
Are we spending the right amount of money in total, and by major functional area?
Where are the variances from leading practices?
Why and where are there gaps? How do we drive sustainable improvement?
What are the high impact, high ROI changes we can make in the immediate term?
Are there services currently provided in-house that should be outsourced, or vice versa?
What complexity or constraints could be alleviated through automation or simplification?
Outsourcing contracts become uncompetitive over time, but it’s difficult to know when it will happen – or by how much.
Whether you want to benchmark your outsourcing contracts’ price, compare your internal service delivery cost to the market or both, ISG gives you at-a-glance visibility into price competitiveness via a single-pane dashboard, plus access to deep dives into real-time IT industry market price intelligence.
In addition to the above project based price benchmarking services, you can also monitor the price competitiveness of your contracts in real time using using the ISG Probenchmark® price monitoring service.
Acting on timely, accurate and actionable price data allows enterprises to more quickly respond to changes in market prices and make more strategic decisions regarding their IT services.
To get a complete picture of your landscape, you need to understand your service quality and personnel productivity, potential efficiencies and gaps, user satisfaction, and how all these elements relate to cost and compare to the market.
We offer a holistic benchmarking solution that gives real-time, online dashboard visibility into the three key components of performance:
By comparing your spend, staffing allocations and performance across the enterprise, we help you identify opportunities to improve your financial and operational performance.
TCO Benchmark: Compares your total cost of ownership against industry standards of cost, quality and productivity for a variety of IT products and services.
Industry Benchmark: Compares costs against industry metrics, such as IT spend as a percent of revenue.
Get real-time access to cost benchmarking data with ISG Inform™.
Build a defense against the risks of fixed-price long-term contracts. Compare your contract price, terms and conditions to the market and know when your contract falls out of favor.
The terms and conditions of your contracts set guidelines of acceptable behavior, but they are evolving entities – and you need to manage that evolution. A commitment to benchmarking your contracts is a commitment to progress and improvement.
An ISG contract terms and conditions assessment can:
KPIs and SLAs are essential for tracking performance in terms of achieving strategic goals and making decisions. In the best of cases, KPIs can serve as an early warning system to let you know when you are heading off course and where
action might be needed.
An ISG performance benchmark compares your performance against industry peers and leaders and gives you a cost-effective approach to share, compare, improve, and transform internal functions and processes.
assesses service levels against the market, including both performance levels and structure
evaluates the health of a relationship between you and your service providers
User Experience Benchmark
measures the impact of technology on users, including customer satisfaction