ReadySetGo: Vendor Selection & Management

Designed for both new and experienced buyers, this ReadySetGo class provides insights into the new environment and practical thinking & actions. Students can expect to come away with an understanding of the environmental changes, real-world checklists to review during vendor selection, and interesting thoughts on what successful vendor management now looks like. Importantly, students will also learn how successful vendor management actually starts with the vendor selection process.

ReadySetGo: Vendor Selection & Management
ReadySetGo: Vendor Selection & Management

ReadySetGo Details

September 18, 2024

2 Hours of Lecture, 30 minutes Q&A

Tim Arata



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Vendor Selection and Management: A Modern Guide

Wednesday, September 18** – 6pm – 8:30pm CEST / 12pm – 2:30pm EDT

** In addition to the 2 hour and 30 minute instructional session that includes Q&A, students are also invited to schedule 30 minutes of one-on-one consulting with Tim.

The vendor selection and management game has changed dramatically in the past two years. Improvements and proliferation of localization technology, increasingly unique buyers’ needs, and the dynamic vendor landscape means that old thinking around vendor selection and management is just that…”old”.

The Efficiency Mashup

Vendor Selection and Management have traditionally been viewed as separate tasks. Learn how these two tasks can dovetail to save your team time and aggravation.

Target Audience

Don’t be fooled into believing that this class is only useful for enterprise localization buyers and managers. A unique aspect of this class is that localization vendors will find value in it. The value comes from a vendor’s increased understanding of how buyers are being encouraged to view and leverage industry changes to best address their increasing responsibilities. Vendors will also benefit from specific ideas on the Buyer/Vendor relationship.

  • Localization Managers of all experience levels
  • Managers whose responsibility touches on localization
  • Buyer Procurement Personnel
  • Vendor Sales, Operation, and Marketing Personnel

Course Outline

Part 1: Vendor Selection: Then and Now/What it Means

Part 2: The New Mechanics of Successful Vendor Selection

Part 3: Vendor Management (and how we’ve already introduced it)

Part 4: The Checklist (it’s not only about “them”)

Part 5: Other Granular Selection/Management Topics


Checklists/reminders on vendor selection and management will be provided to each participant upon conclusion of the class.

10% discount for 3 or more students from the same company – please contact for more information.

Please note: recording or republishing any of the class sessions is prohibited. We do this in order for students to be able to speak and share experiences freely with the instructor and their fellow classmates in a comfortable and safe environment without fear that something they say might later be made public.

Read Three Classes Later: A Brief Interview with Tim Arata concerning his experience in teaching this class!

About Your Instructor

Tim Arata

Tim Arata is a Partner at Locale Solutions. Here’s some information about him:

Tim’s LinkedIn Profile

Immediately prior to co-founding Locale, Tim worked for eleven years at Apple. He joined Apple six months before the first iPhone was launched. He then spent 1.5 years managing Localization and Content at WhatsApp. As interesting as that is, it’s actually more interesting to understand his passion around this particular topic and course.

Locale Solutions (and Tim in particular) has long been curious about the ubiquitous us/them aspect of the sales process. Tim’s curiosity remained and grew during his 18+ years in localization. Much of the course’s foundation is built upon questions Tim and his partners have been asking buyers, industry peers, corporate departments, and vendors for well over a decade. Starting Locale finally enabled them to put this training together. Tim and his partners consider this course part of their greater mission to build bridges between buyers and suppliers so that a.) the industry moves forward as efficiently as possible, and b.) higher value-add thinking and conversation can supplant mistrust, useless bickering, and continued misunderstandings.