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Survey Finds That 59% Of Respondents Do Not Have A Fully Comprehensive Vendor Management Program

Vendorly polled banking and mortgage professionals on their organizations’ vendor management processes, challenges and technology capabilities. According to the study, there is a need for the implementation and enhancement of vendor management programs within the banking and mortgage industry. Three in five respondents (59 percent) said their organization does not have a fully comprehensive vendor management program in place. Of those respondents, one-third (33 percent) said their organization’s vendor management program needs improvement.

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Vendor Management Staffing Conditions and the Need for Improved Operations

When asked about the biggest challenge their organization faces within vendor management, more than one-third (36 percent) of respondents identified employee capacity to handle workload or vendor management as the greatest challenge. It is not surprising that the biggest vendor management challenge may depend on the size of the company’s vendor management team. Among survey respondents, 40 percent said their organization has three or more full-time employees dedicated to their vendor management program with 39 percent stating they have less than three.

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Nearly half of respondents (44 percent) said their organization is responsible for managing at least 100 vendors. With this volume of vendors to manage, it is no surprise that the second biggest challenge cited by professionals was knowing who their vendors are and tracking them (27 percent). Vendor inventory size and management may also influence reporting frequency. When asked how often their organization monitors and assesses vendor performance, 30 percent of respondents said annually.

The Growing Importance of Technology for Efficiency and Enhancing Vendor Management Processes

The need and desire for proper technology is evident among those surveyed. Nearly half (47 percent) said their organization does not have a technology solution in place to help manage vendors. A large majority (90 percent) believe technology would positively impact their vendor management program and process. Of those respondents, more than half (59 percent) said automation would help increase the efficiency of their program, 41 percent said technology would improve reporting capabilities to executive management and regulators, and 36 percent said it would improve effectiveness of vendor management by mitigating vendor risks.

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“The importance of technology to drive efficiency, increase due diligence and further improve an organization’s vendor oversight processes is becoming a realization for many,” said Jim Vaca, Senior Vice President, Vendorly. “However, as the survey results show, even though many have identified the need for a vendor management solution, a surprising number have yet to adopt or implement the technology. Our solutions allow for financial institutions to move away from historic and inefficient vendor management processes and transition toward a multifaceted vendor oversight program to help them achieve more efficient management of the process using much less human capital than otherwise would have been required without our technology.”

About The Author

Tony Garritano

Tony Garritano is chairman and founder at PROGRESS in Lending Association. As a speaker Tony has worked hard to inform executives about how technology should be a tool used to further business objectives. For over 10 years he has worked as a journalist, researcher and speaker in the mortgage technology space. Starting this association was the next step for someone like Tony, who has dedicated his career to providing mortgage executives with the information needed to make informed technology decisions. He can be reached via e-mail at tony@progressinlending.com.

Altisource Launches Enhanced Vendor Oversight Platform

Altisource Portfolio Solutions has expanded its Vendorly platform. The platform launched last year exclusively for members of the Lenders One Cooperative, a national alliance of independent mortgage bankers, and is now available to the broader mortgage and community bankers market outside of the Lenders One network. The Vendorly platform is designed to help streamline vendor due diligence, document maintenance, monitoring and audits.

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The scrutiny of vendor oversight practices continues to be a focus of regulators. It’s important for mortgage and community bankers to have a multifaceted vendor oversight program. Through the Vendorly platform, and its vendor oversight offerings, Vendorly can help strengthen its customers’ compliance management framework and increase their operational efficiencies. Vendorly offers managed vendor oversight services, including due diligence, document management, annual assessments, information security assessments, financial condition reviews and on-site audits.

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Vendorly is announcing collaboration with Secure Insight, an innovator in the mortgage industry in providing settlement agent risk evaluation, rating, monitoring and database reporting on fully vetted mortgage closing professionals. Currently servicing close to 100 clients nationwide, Secure Insight will deliver real-time risk ratings and related settlement agent data to clients through the Vendorly platform. Together, Secure Insight and Vendorly intend to develop a platform that produces a transaction-based tool with risk data on each transaction prior to a closing (and just before the proceeds are wired). It is expected that this process will provide data in a more efficient, streamlined manner and give lenders greater comfort in the protection of their money, documents and consumer data at each closing.

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“Our relationship with Secure Insight allows us to leverage their deep expertise in settlement agent oversight and industry-leading database of over 50,000 vetted and rated agents, which has been a decade in the making,” said Jim Vaca, vice president, Vendorly. “With Vendorly, we’ve developed an easy-to-use platform for delivering stronger vendor management across all vendor types. Since our initial launch, we’ve provided our Vendorly solution to more than 50 customers, whose direct feedback helped shape the technology we are offering today.  Leveraging Altisource’s technology and industry expertise has enabled us to help bring efficiency to our clients’ vendor management processes.”

“We have always recognized that lenders are seeking a complete solution for vendor management, one that encompasses the different areas of risk and the various vendors that make up the universe of third parties with whom lenders conduct business,” said Andrew Liput, president and chief executive officer, Secure Insight. “We are excited to combine our specific expertise in settlement agent oversight with Vendorly’s oversight services, uniting our efforts to develop an integrated solution that will deliver our risk data on a transaction basis for greater loan efficiency and operational security at the closing table.”