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Buyers Guide: Third Party Management Platforms

2019-04-22 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm CDT

Building a Business Case & Evaluating Critical Capabilities & Considerations for Third Party Management Platforms

Traditional brick and mortar business is a thing of the past: physical buildings and conventional employees no longer define organizations. The modern organization is an interconnected maze of relationships and interactions that span traditional business boundaries. Layers of relationships go beyond traditional employees to include suppliers, vendors, outsourcers, service providers, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, temporary workers, agents, brokers, intermediaries, and more. Complexity grows as these interconnected relationships, processes, and systems nest themselves in intricacy, such as deep supply chains.

In this context, organizations struggle to govern their third party relationships. Risk and compliance challenges do not stop at traditional organizational boundaries. An organization can face reputation and economic disaster by establishing or maintaining the wrong business relationships, or by allowing good business relationships to sour because of weak governance of the relationship. Third party problems are the organization’s problems that directly impact the brand and reputation while increasing exposure to risk and compliance matters. When questions of business practice, ethics, safety, quality, human rights, corruption, security, and the environment arise, the organization is held accountable, and it must ensure that third party partners behave appropriately.

The fastest growing segment of the GRC market is the demand for third party management solutions focused on the governance, risk management and compliance of third party relationships (e.g., supplier, vendor, contractors, broker, dealer, agent, outsourcer, service provider, . . . ).

The challenges is navigating the 130+ third party management solutions and understanding and differentiating capabilities. Some solutions focus on departmental third party issues such as information security, others focus on industry verticals, many focus purely on the due diligence process, many offer modules as part of broader platforms, and a few offer an end-to-end third party management capability.

Whether for a department third party management need or to manage the range of third parties across the enterprise, third party management solutions are in demand. Recent RFP and inquiry trends that GRC 20/20 is involved with show a growing demand for integrated cross-department third party management solutions. Where there used to be just a few solutions to choose from there are now over 130 with vary capabilities and approaches.  They offer varying breadth and depth of capabilities, and certainly no one offers a one size fits all solution. It has become a complex segment of the GRC market to navigate, understand, and find the solution(s) that is the perfect fit for your organization.

In this Research Briefing GRC 20/20 provides a framework for organizations evaluating or considering third party management solutions, as well as how to build a business case for third party management.


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  1. Defining & Understanding 3rd Party Management
    Definition, Drivers, Trends & Best Practices
  2. Critical Capabilities of a 3rd Party Management Solutions
    What Differentiates Basic, Common, & Advanced Solutions
  3. Considerations in Selection of 3rd Party Management Solutions
    Decision Framework & Considerations to Keep in Mind
  4. Building a Business Case for 3rd Party Management
    Trajectory of Value in Effectiveness, Efficiency & Agility


The GRC Pundit will helps organizations . . .

  • Define and scope the third party management market
  • Understand third party management drivers, trends, and best practices
  • Relate the components of what makes a third party management platform
  • Identify core features/functionality of basic, common, and advanced third party management platforms
  • Map critical capabilities needed in a third party management platform
  • Predict future directions and capabilities for third party management
  • Scope how to purchase third party management platforms in a decision-tree framework
  • Discern considerations to keep in mind as you evaluate third party management solutions

Who Should Attend

This Research Briefing is aimed to assist . . .

  • GRC professionals with the responsibilities to manage, audit, evaluate, and perform due diligence on the range of third party relationships in an organization
  • GRC solution providers offering third party management solutions
  • GRC professional service firms advising organizations on third party management
  • GRC content & intelligence providers that provide third party databases, content and templates


Michael Rasmussen – The GRC Pundit @ GRC 20/20 Research, Michael Rasmussen is an internationally recognized pundit on governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) – with specific expertise on the topics of GRC strategy, process, information, and technology architectures and solutions. With 23+ years of experience, Michael helps organizations improve GRC processes, design and implement GRC architectures, and select solutions that are effective, efficient, and agile. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, author, and advisor and is noted as the “Father of GRC” — being the first to define and model the GRC market in February 2002 while at Forrester Research, Inc.


10:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
$145.00 – $295.00
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GRC 20/20 Research, LLC
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Waterford, WI 53185 United States
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