Structured Cabling Market Procurement Intelligence Report

The report provides a comprehensive coverage on Structured Cabling category spend growth and regional spend segmentation insights, Structured Cabling price trends and Structured Cabling supply market analysis.

Scope of the report

Structured Cabling is an essential part of the Construction Supplies category which includes all spend on construction equipment, materials and products relating to any build environment project where the supplies are procured directly by the client, excluding any service provider costs.

KEY PROCUREMENT INSIGHTS COVERED

Strategic Sourcing Guide to Structured Cabling Procurement

Overview

Business practices within Structured Cabling market are heavily influenced by changing trends across the category as well as within the broader Construction Supplies market. Construction activities and manufacturing of construction supplies are known to be a large source of emissions across the world. Regulatory and social pressures to keep emissions in check have transformed the way construction industry operates. Sustainable practices have penetrated the traditional business processes. There is an increasing demand for green buildings, low carbon concretes and other low emission construction aggregates and renewable energy solutions. All these factors are contributing to a significant change in the procurement standards and practices within the category.

Fluctuation in prices of construction materials has made it difficult for project contractors to maintain a steady cost projection on construction projects. Also, the risks associated with project cost overruns are contributing to project delays and abandonment. Procurement functions are more careful while drawing up supplier contracts and insulating their projects from price uncertainties to the extent possible on negotiation tables.

Suppliers across the value chain are increasing their investments in technologies and incorporating systems integrated with IoT, AI, Big data, and data analytics to generate efficiencies and better serve the evolving demand patterns of buyers. This is expected to impact the cost structure of suppliers in the short-term but will help bring down the costs in longer run as suppliers recover the costs of current investment cycles.

As a result, category managers need to closely monitor the Structured Cabling procurement trends and identify changes required in their procurement environment for the category.

Structured Cabling Procurement Best Practices

Structured Cabling procurement best practices are moving towards a level of sophistication which is typically seen in traditional procurement categories. Category managers now have an attractive opportunity to adapt the best practices seen within this category as well as those being leveraged in other non-related categories. This report summarizes the best practices picked from across multiple categories that could work well for category managers involved with Structured Cabling procurement strategy.

For example, Large firms should prefer to engage in long-term contracts with a preferred set of suppliers that can provide integrated solutions for all scales of projects (small, mid-sized, or large). Partnerships with preferred service providers lead to category-level innovations and enable buyers to avail customized services.

It is highly recommended that buyers prioritize regional suppliers unless the project specifications are extremely sophisticated and require specialized vendors. A regional supplier base enables buyers to have significant negotiation power due to spend consolidation and exhaustive knowledge of the local codes and environmental regulations. It also insulates them from adverse fluctuations in currency exchange rates.

Service providers may outsource certain aspects of the project if they lack the required expertise or to expedite the project progress. If the subcontractor is not covered by a reliable liability insurance or does not abide by the same terms and conditions that were laid down for the main contractors, then it can hinder the main contractor's ability to perform its services. It may also entangle the buyers in legal complications and negative publicity.


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Risks in Structured Cabling procurement

Structured Cabling procurement managers also need to proactively identify and mitigate potential risks that can arise in the supply chain or contracts for Structured Cabling procurement. Some examples include:


  • Acceptance of an unfinished design for timely implementation of the project is a common scenario in the construction industry. However, this leads to defects in the design and failure to meet the prescribed standards and legal requirements
  • Construction projects are exposed to different types of political and regulatory risks depending on the project lifecycle stage, for example, delayed construction permits, community opposition during the planning and construction phases, expropriation and changes to asset-specific regulations, tightened decommissioning requirements and non-renewal of licenses at the end of a contract
  • Inaccurate estimates of resources and timelines, poor project planning, increase in scope of the project, changes and variations in the project or lack of clarity on responsibilities/ scope of work may result in buyers incurring additional cost on the project that exceeds their planned budget

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Who should read this report

  • Procurement decisions can prove to be costly in the absence of careful deliberation and evaluation of every available option. In fact, more than 90% of the decision makers we work with acknowledge that timely availability of up-to-date category intelligence can help them make better purchasing decisions. More than 80% of them believe that in-house category intelligence needs to be updated periodically to achieve full benefits. If you have read so far, we are quite sure you agree!!

    You may have just initiated your research to design a winning Structured Cabling procurement strategy, or you may be a category expert looking for strategic insights and updated data.Either ways, the report has your requirements covered.

    The report is intended to serve as a one-stop reference guide for Structured Cabling procurement strategy and offers a perfect blend of category basics with deep-dive category data and insights. Therefore, it is ideal for category beginners looking for “Structured Cabling: Procurement Report 101” as well as for category experts actively tracking the global Structured Cabling procurement market.

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Key questions on Structured Cabling procurement answered by this report

    The Structured Cabling procurement report helps take more informed decisions by placing all the critical information and advice at the fingertips of a decision maker. It also specifically answers some of the key questions that we have been routinely asked during our industry outreach initiatives:

     

    • What is the spend potential in the Structured Cabling market?
    • What is the correct price to pay for Structured Cabling? What are the key trends and factors that influence current and future pricing?
    • Which selection criteria are the most important for Structured Cabling Suppliers Market?
    • Who are the top Structured Cabling suppliers? What are their cost structures?
    • What are supplier margins in Structured Cabling market?
    • Which negotiation levers can reduce Structured Cabling procurement cost ?
    • What are the best practices for Structured Cabling procurement and what are the potential risks?

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Structured Cabling Category Insights: What is inside

  • A comprehensive drill down on category sourcing execution: Data, insights, advisory

    The Structured Cabling market report offers a complete picture of the supply market and analyzes the category from the perspective of both buyers and suppliers. Analysis of the category trends, procurement best practices, negotiation levers and overall category management strategy advisory are interspersed with in-depth data and commentary on spend outlook, pricing ecosystem and supplier landscape drilled down to a region-level coverage.

    Data

    A key highlight of this report is the in-depth outlook created on Structured Cabling procurement spend and pricing trends. The report further delves deep into the aspects of cost structure, total cost of ownership and supplier margins for Structured Cabling. A dedicated section to supplier profiles and evaluation helps decision makers cast a wider procurement net and identify gaps in existing relationships.

    Insights

    Along with specific category and supplier intelligence, the publication also includes curated insights on Structured Cabling market trends, price influencers and inherent risks. These insights help the decision makers prepare for market shaping trends in advance and create alternative strategies for changes in the market conditions.

    Advisory

    Additionally, the report also advises on the best practices and strategies to manage the Structured Cabling category efficiently. Negotiation levers and opportunities are explained in detail along with quantification of their potential. Benchmark KPIs for supplier and buyer performance management are also aggregated to better organize the category objectives. Other themes of advisory include ideal procurement organization structure, enablers to achieve KPIs or category objectives and ideal SLAs to have with suppliers.

  • Unrivalled breadth of category analysis: at your fingertips

    Category Ecosystem

    • Buyer and supplier ecosystem
    • Competitiveness index
    • Buyer and supplier power
    • Threat of new entrants and substitutes

    Global and Regional Sourcing Insights

    • Category spend
    • Spend growth
    • Dynamics
    • Opportunities

    Pricing and Cost Analysis

      • Pricing outlook and data
      • Drivers of pricing
      • Cost structure and inputs cost
      • Total cost of ownership
      • Pricing models and margins

    Cost Saving Opportunities & Negotiation Strategies

    • Buyer and supplier side levers
    • Quantified cost saving opportunities
    • Negotiation strategies and quantified outcome

    Procurement Best Practices, Strategy and Enablers

    • Procurement excellence
    • Sustainability and innovation
    • KPIs and category enablers
    • Risk management and outsourcing

    Vendor Analysis

    • RFx essentials and selection criteria
    • SLAs
    • Supplier evaluation metrics
    • Detailed supplier profiles
  • A lucid, easy to read format: Enabling fast decisions

    Our research is complex, but our reports are easy to digest. Quantitative analysis and exhaustive commentary is placed in an easy to read format that gives you an in-depth knowledge on the category without spending hours to figure out “what does it mean for my company?”

Category Research Framework

SpendEdge presents a detailed picture of Structured Cabling procurement solutions by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key category influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.

Information Sources

Primary research
Secondary research
Procurement heads
Industry journals and reports
Category managers
Periodicals and new articles
Sourcing consortium professionals
Category webinars
Industry experts and thought leaders
Internal categiry playbooks
Procurement managers
Industry/government websites on regulations, compliance
Category heads of suppliers
Internal databases
Client account heads/managers
Industry blogs/thought leader briefings
Client and industry consultants

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