A Decision Support System to Evaluate Suppliers in the Context of Global Service Providers

Bruno Bruck, Dario Vezzali, Manuel Iori, Carlo Magni, Daniele Pretolani

Abstract

In this paper, we present a decision support system (DSS) developed for a global service provider (GSP), which solves a real-world supplier selection problem. The GSP operates in the Italian market of facility management, supplying customers with a variety of services. These services are subcontracted to external qualified suppliers spread all over Italy and chosen on the basis of several criteria, such as service quality, availability and proximity. Selecting the best supplier is a complex task due to the large number of suppliers and the great variety of facility management services offered by the GSP. In the proposed DSS, the choice of the best supplier for a certain service is made according to a thorough multi-criteria analysis. The weights for the criteria were generated by implementing both a simplified analytic hierarchy process and a revised Simos’ procedure, later validated by the decision makers at the GSP. The DSS provides quick access to historical performance data, visual tools to aid decisions, and a suggested ranked list of suppliers for each given contract. The effectiveness of the proposed system was assessed by means of extensive simulations on a seven-year period of real-data and several rounds of validation with the company.

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Bruck B., Vezzali D., Iori M., Magni C. and Pretolani D. (2021). A Decision Support System to Evaluate Suppliers in the Context of Global Service Providers. In Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: ICEIS, ISBN 978-989-758-509-8, pages 420-430. DOI: 10.5220/0010412304200430


in Bibtex Style

@conference{iceis21,
author={Bruno Bruck and Dario Vezzali and Manuel Iori and Carlo Magni and Daniele Pretolani},
title={A Decision Support System to Evaluate Suppliers in the Context of Global Service Providers},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: ICEIS,},
year={2021},
pages={420-430},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0010412304200430},
isbn={978-989-758-509-8},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: ICEIS,
TI - A Decision Support System to Evaluate Suppliers in the Context of Global Service Providers
SN - 978-989-758-509-8
AU - Bruck B.
AU - Vezzali D.
AU - Iori M.
AU - Magni C.
AU - Pretolani D.
PY - 2021
SP - 420
EP - 430
DO - 10.5220/0010412304200430