Vendor Management

Realize More Value from Your IT and Technology Maintenance Support

The average public safety agency interfaces with more than 30 vendor partners while managing the day-to-day operations of its organization.

Yet, in today’s complex public safety environment, these agencies often lack the capacity to properly manage vendor relationships, nor do they have the bandwidth to keep tabs on contract intricacies. Vendor relationships are often managed tactically — instead of proactively — when a specific event occurs.

Mission Critical Partners offers vendor management support services that enable agencies to control costs more effectively, strengthen service and reduce risk whenever outsourcing to vendors. These services enable agencies to extract the most value from their technology support investments and to utilize their bandwidth — which often is in short supply — more effectively.

MCP brings practiced insight into maintenance and support contracts, as well as vendor relationships, by applying objective oversight and a proprietary, fact-driven framework that saves public safety agencies time, energy, expense and frustration. These services can be used for a specific one-time need or on an ongoing monthly basis for the following applications, networks and systems: computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems, records management systems (RMS), geographic information systems (GIS), 911 call-handling equipment (CHE), land mobile radio (LMR) systems, microwave and fiber-optic backhaul systems and emergency services Internet Protocol networks (ESInets).

What Clients Can Expect

Navigating the vendor-management process is challenging. By taking advantage of MCP’s technology and vendor support services, agencies will realize the following benefits:

  • Strengthened contracts in terms of service-level agreements (SLAs), additional reporting and more protection in terms of coverage, risk and exposure
  • The opportunity for significant cost-savings. On average, our clients experience 30 percent lower long-term maintenance costs
  • Assurance that the agency is receiving all contracted services as quoted by the vendor
  • Assurance that the agency is paying fair market value to maintain its technology networks, systems and subsystems
  • Resolution of contract discrepancies and inefficiencies
  • Elimination of long-term agreements that force outdated technologies and unused terms
  • Greater alignment between both the agency’s and vendor’s goals

Why Mission Critical Partners?

Our experienced team of public safety professionals provides agencies with budget-friendly solutions while achieving greater control when outsourcing to vendors.

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average lower maintenance costs

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