IT Supplier Accreditations and the Benefits for SME's

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Phil McCutchion of Accredit UK and Richard Tubb, IT Consultant, talk on why IT Supplier Accreditation is important and the benefits it brings to SME's engaging with Accredited IT suppliers. Originally …

Phil McCutchion of Accredit UK and Richard Tubb, IT Consultant, talk on why IT Supplier Accreditation is important and the benefits it brings to SME's engaging with Accredited IT suppliers. Originally presented at the Supply North West Conference in Manchester on 23rd September, 2010.

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  • 1. Supplier accreditation and the benefits for SMEs
    This session will provide a first-hand account of how an SME achieves certification and the benefits it provides them with as well as explaining the certifications available for SMEs and how accreditation adds value to the supply chain
  • 2. We Are…
    Philip McCutchion
    Operations Director, Accredit UK Ltd
    www.twitter.com/accredituk
    www.linked.com/in/philipmccutchion
    www.accredituk.wordpress.com/
    www.accredituk.com
  • 3. We Are…
    Richard Tubb, Director, Netlink IT
    www.twitter.com/tubblog
    www.linked.com/in/richardtubb
    www.tubblog.co.uk
  • 4. Talking About …
    • Why IT Buyers Need Certification
    • 5. Why IT Suppliers Need Certification
    • 6. What Netlink IT did
    • 7. How We Benefited
    • 8. How Our Clients Benefited
    • 9. Certification or Accreditation
    • 10. Why the Economy Needs Certification
    • 11. Types of Certification
    • 12. Are all Certifications Equal?
    • 13. Making it/IT Work for Buyers and Sellers
  • Certification or Accreditation
    • Accreditation: 
    the formal recognition by an accreditation authority to the technical and organisational competence of a conformity assessment body to carry out a specific service in accordance to the standards and technical regulations as described in their scope of accreditation.
    • Certification:the procedure by which a third party gives written assurance that a product, process, system or person conforms to specified requirements.
    UKAS
  • 14. Why IT Suppliers Need Certification
  • Why the Economy Needs Certification
    • Innovation
    • 20. Business innovation may be responsible for the lion’s share of the UK’s productivity growth from 1997 to 2007
    • 21. Innovation pays, and it can be “simply a condition of survival”
    NESTA Innovation Index Survey, 2009
    • Most significant barriers
    • 22. Finding sources of funding
    • 23. Risk & cost of innovating (invention?)
    • 24. Management capacity to innovate effectively
    Removing the Barriers to Innovation, 2010
  • 25. Why the Economy Needs Certification 2
    • Bench Marking leads to industry wide Continuous Improvement
    • 26. Delivers efficiencies into the procurement process
    • 27. Opens up the supply chain
    • 28. Enables and exploits innovation
    • 29. Lowers costs
  • Types of Certification
    • Awarded By
    • 30. Vendor – MCITP, CCNA, CNE etc
    • 31. Independent – CompTIA, BSi, IITT, Accredit UK
    • 32. Frameworks – EFQM, SFIA, eCF
    • 33. Awarded To
    • 34. Organisations
    • 35. Individuals
  • Are all Certifications Equal?
    • Independence
    • 36. Accreditation
    • 37. Design (who by & for)
    • 38. Scalable
    • 39. Broad-ranging v industry specific
  • Making it/IT Work for Buyers and Sellers
    • Accredit UK
    • 40. Designed by SMEs for SMEs
    • 41. Public sector involvement
    • 42. PQQ – mapping work currently in progress
    • 43. The Public Sector has to look at alternative models
    • 44. Innovation
    • 45. Smaller, more local suppliers (part of chain?)
    • 46. More for less – a lot, lot less
  • Why IT Buyers Need Certification
    • How do you currently choose an IT provider?
    • 47. Pitfalls of the most obvious choices
    • 48. Is Big Best?
    • 49. Choosing a specialist supplier
  • Why SME IT Suppliers Need Certification
    • Comparisons with other professions
    • 50. Why IT isn’t as mature as other industries
    • 51. Why most IT companies pretend to know everything
  • What JamesCash.co.uk did
    • What we chose
    • 52. Why we chose it
    • 53. How they complement each other
    • 54. How we got them
  • How We Benefited
    • Vendor relationships
    • 55. Strategic Alliances
    • 56. Accountability internally
    • 57. Playing with the Big Boys
  • How Our Customers Benefited
    • Why Our Clients Love Best Practice
    • 58. What Accredit UK means to our clients
    • 59. What Accredit UK means to us