21 September 2021

5 Key Steps for Successful Vendor Management System User Adoption

Wayne Burgess
Wayne Burgess

Are you ready to implement a vendor management system into your organization’s contingent workforce processes?

Congratulations! Now it’s time to focus on making sure hiring managers actually use it.

When you implement a new technology you are disrupting the daily routine of your team. Their processes change, they are required to use new tools and their day-to-day tasks are suddenly different.

Even though the benefits of VMS software implementation are huge, the sudden change can be met with frustration and resistance. If that’s not addressed, employees won’t optimize their use of the technology and your business won’t see true ROI on its investment.

Before we get into how your business can drive successful user adoption of your vendor management software, let’s first take a quick recap at what a VMS actually is and how it benefits your staffing agency hiring process.

What is vendor management software and how does it benefit your externally-sourced workforce efforts?

A vendor management system, also known as VMS or vendor management software, is a software platform that allows your business to source, manage and pay contingent workers and the staffing agencies that supply them as part of your contingent workforce program.

By centralizing and automating your externally-sourced workforce program into one location, you can use a VMS to procure contingent workers, hire permanent employees sourced through staffing agencies, measure staffing agency performance, track payments and a huge number of other processes associated with your non-traditional workforce.

By consolidating this into one system, your business will realize a range of benefits, including:

  • Improved internal efficiencies that allow hiring managers to focus on core competencies that drive business growth.
  • Gain complete visibility and control over your externally-sourced workforce.
  • Move away from outdated and inefficient manual ways of managing your contingent workforce, such as spreadsheets.
  • Improve how you classify your contingent workers.
  • Gain complete insight and control over contingent workforce spend. 

How to drive VMS user adoption

So, you know exactly what a vendor management system is and you’ve decided to implement this new technology into your organization’s process. With that in mind, here are five key steps in ensuring successful user adoption of your vendor management software. 

  1. Align your chosen tech solution with your workforce strategy
  2. Obtain buy-in from your entire team
  3. Build a change management program
  4. Focus on staff training
  5. Encourage, collect and use feedback throughout the VMS’ lifecycle

Align your chosen tech solution with your workforce strategy:
When implementing new technology, many organizations go with the “top brand”. They choose a solution based entirely on the fact that they’ve heard the name before and believe that if it works for one company, then surely it works for them as well.

Any technology implementation should be aligned to your business strategy. When it comes to your workforce requirements, pick a VMS that aligns with your unique needs. For companies with smaller-spend contingent workforce budgets, look for a cost-effective solution that is easy to use and comes without the complex features of the larger VMS providers. When technology works seamlessly with your business, users will naturally adopt it

Obtain buy-in from your entire team:
Achieving successful user adoptions for your new VMS software requires gaining buy-in from all stakeholders within your organization. That means everyone involved in the hiring and IT process, whether it be your procurement team, HR, IT, finance or other hiring managers.

Educate each department on the benefits of a VMS implementation. Your entire team will be far more likely to support, and use, your VMS solution when they understand how it will improve their job and bring benefits to the company. 

Build a change management program:
A change management process provides a structure and approach to support your organization in the preparation, planning and adoption of new technology - and the new ways of working that will come with that. 

By creating a strategy to prepare, support and help individuals or teams in making organizational change around the implementation of vendor management software, you will be setting your team up for successful user adoption.

Focus on staff training:
One of the biggest risks to successful user adoption is a lack of sufficient training for employees. If your team doesn’t know how a VMS works within their contingent workforce processes, adoption is unlikely.

When choosing your VMS vendor, make sure that training is a part of the implementation process. A vendor management system provider should be able to work with you to implement a technology that works seamlessly with the way your hiring managers work. 

Encourage, collect and use feedback throughout the VMS’ lifecycle:
Once your vendor management software has been implemented, you can still gain insights from your employees on how effectively they are using the technology. By encouraging feedback on a regular basis, you’ll be able to improve your processes and increase user adoption in the future. 

Are you looking for more information about vendor management systems and how to improve user adoption? Get in touch with Conexis VMS today. We would love to answer any questions you have in regards to vendor management software.


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Wayne Burgess

Wayne Burgess

Prior to starting Conexis, Wayne was a tireless champion for clients within Accenture’s Procurement practice with specific experience across the Services and Contingent Labour spectrum. Wayne has run programs from as small as $5m to as big as $2bn. Wayne has deep consulting and operational delivery experience. He is a talented leader of organizations and has a proven track record of driving significant customer value.

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