3.6 What business functions does SCM provide?

An overall objective within SCM's business function is to provide the integration of data and information throughout SCM's processes to ensure information is available and accurate to support analysis, planning, and reporting. The skilled and specialized procurement staff within SCM offers many IT-related business and service-oriented functions that include:

  • Category management – Developing the strategic plan for sourcing and contracting in alignment with business needs and the IT marketplace to optimize value and reduce risk.
  • Strategic sourcing – Integrating IT technical, business, financial, and contractual requirements to select suppliers and negotiate agreements that fulfill IT business functions.
  • Contract management – Structuring and managing the mutual commitment between two or more parties for the duration of the relationship; and, providing tracking, reporting, analysis, and record-keeping for all VITA IT contracts.
  • Procurement – Managing the processes by which goods and services are identified, ordered, and received; and, monitoring compliance guidelines and policies.
  • Supplier management – Developing and managing suppliers to achieve consistent value through improved performance and innovation.
  • Policy and integration – Developing policies, standards and guidelines; researching emerging best practices; defining new approaches to enhance the value of supply chain services throughout the Commonwealth; leading analysis and integration of new legislation and emerging procurement methods and models.
  • Procurement governance – Ensuring executive branch agency compliance with strategic planning and related projects and VITA policies and standards; and reviewing/recommending approval of major and delegated procurements and projects.
  • Procurement review – Determining the effectiveness and compliance with VITA SCM policies, standards and guidelines and internal processes and procedures.