Vendor Selection and Management: A Modern Guide

The first edition of this class took place on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. We will announce a new date and re-open registration soon. You can Save-A-Seat now to be notified of the next program.

Duration: 2 Hours, 30 minutes


Presented In: English

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”

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.


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.



Course Fee


About Your Trainer


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. Tim also worked in Sales and Marketing at a Loc Vendor and as a consultant for the world’s first TMS vendor.

Tim’s passion around building this class stems from the fact that no one is paying attention to what the changes in the industry mean to vendor selection (and management). Buyers of all experience levels are wasting precious time and resources living in the old world. Smart vendors are adjusting; weaker vendors of all sizes want to pretend the change isn’t happening. 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, b.) fresh, high value-add thinking and conversation become the norm, and c.) being married to reality is a lot more fun and interesting than the alternative.


Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy:

The Localization Institute, Inc. reserves the right to cancel this ReadySetGo class if there are less than 8 registrants prior to the first workshop.


You will receive a full refund if the course is canceled.


Your registration fee is not refundable.  It is, however, transferable to a colleague, if we receive written notice prior to the start of the first class.   If we have to cancel a course due to minimal enrollment, your registration fee will be fully refunded.


Payment Stipulations:


Invoices are due upon receipt to secure your spot.  If payment is not received swiftly, your spot may be surrendered.


If paying via Bank Transfer outside of the United States, you MUST select the FULL SWIFT option in order for your invoice to be paid in full.