Increasingly, organizations look to outside suppliers to acquire products and services they need, rather than developing them in-house. The goal of this strategy is to improve operational efficiencies through leveraging the suppliers' abilities to deliver high-quality solutions quickly, more cheaply and using the most suitable tech.
With this move, organizations have discovered challenges when it comes to satisfying the needs of customers while letting suppliers do the work they need to create solutions. Project success can hinge on how the acquisition process plays out.
The Capability CMMI-ACQ model provides organizations a framework from which to improve the acquisition process for products and services so that mismanagement, incorrect assumptions about customer needs and other factors don't doom your projects to failure. The IT Downloads excerpt from "CMMI for Acquisition: Guidelines for Improving the Acquisition of Products and Services" introduces you to the core concepts of the CMMI-ACQ model and focuses on the activities of the acquirer, such as supplier sourcing, developing and awarding supplier agreements and managing acquisition capabilities.
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This model can improve the process of acquiring needed capabilities across a variety of industries, including computer software and hardware, telecommunications, banking, aerospace and auto manufacturing.