Budget Management: From procurement savings to bottom-line impact.

During my family summer holiday trip to San Diego I was confronted with the notion of budget management front and center. To get around during our trip, I rented a mid-sized sedan, but upon arriving at the rental car center I soon realized we had an extra piece of luggage that would not fit in the car. The rental car agent gave me the option of either upgrading to a luxury SUV, which would double the cost of the rental, … More

Rise of the Millennial VP

It seems like we’ve been talking for years about the impact that Millennial employees “are going to have” in the workplace. While we were discussing and theorizing, they have been learning, building, growing and working their way up the org chart. According to Wikipedia, the Millennial generation includes people born from the early 1980s through the mid 1990s and early 2000s. If we assume a birth year window of 1982-2002, the oldest millennials are turning 35 this year.

UIX Redux: Ease of use drives the user experience.

A number of years ago when my niece first got her driver’s license, my brother-in-law got a panicked called from her in tears. In a shaky voice she said, “I pulled into a gas station next to the pump to fill up…now what do I do?” I remembered this story recently when I spent some time in rural France. Having rented a car, I knew eventually I was going to need gas. Not speaking much French, it was something I … More

How startups grow by going old school.

As the Vice President of Sales at Determine, I have the opportunity to visit great organizations in many different industries and countries. Often, they present challenges. I always try to not only understand the problem being presented but, more importantly, pinpoint the core issue at the root of the discussion. It’s something I find personally rewarding, and am always looking for patterns and relationships between issues in order to create common solutions. Sometimes I discover a nugget that stops me … More

July DetermiNews: The month in source to pay and contract management

As summer races by it’s easy to lose track of what’s happening in source to pay industry news (plus, it’s hard to compete with beach-reading lists). But a lot has happened since Services Procurement Month ended, and you can catch up on what you missed here. So far, it’s been the Summer of Transformation. From the CPO Summit in London to P2P digitalization, continuous improvement, implementation strategies and technology shopping lists, our focus has been on helping organizations reach the … More

Making the Case for Procurement Technology “Upgrades”

In Part 1 of this series I wrote about making a business case to bring in new procurement technology. All organizations have handled first-time implementations of some sort – whether they are switching to a full platform or adding a new piece of functionality to a system already in place. The thing about new technology implementations is that, after all the effort invested in vetting prospective solutions, executive teams generally accept the notion that having technology in place is better … More

Solution implementation: The science and art of deployment.

The podcast series that’s all about minding your business in contract management and source to pay. Global project implementation. Just the idea is enough to keep even the most hardened source-to-pay or IT professional awake at night. But it doesn’t have to be the case. Planning, strategizing, having a realistic change management plan in place and close collaboration at every stage between customer and technology provider will make the difference between up-and-running and up-at-night. I dove into this topic in … More

So, You’ve Decided to Add New Procurement Technology

Although procurement technology is nothing new, there are first-time implementations going on all the time. Whether you are introducing the company’s first full end-to-end platform or adding a new area of functionality to an existing platform (i.e., contract management, supplier information management), preparing a solid business case will help win over decision makers and improve the selection process. Articulating your POV can be the difference between getting the green light to go ahead and more discussion and justification.

Success Story: Norauto and Determine collaborate on a continuous improvement initiative.

Determine customer Norauto, founded in 1970, is the pioneer of the car care center concept in France. Today, Norauto is the European leader in car maintenance, with more than 600 Norauto centers in eight countries providing multi-brand maintenance solutions for motorists in terms of maintenance, comfort and safety. Just one year after the Determine Cloud Platform was put into production, a continuous improvement process was implemented involving Prisca Foucart – E-procurement manager at Norauto, Romain Chauvet – P2P product manager … More

Procure-to-Pay Contributions to Digital Transformation (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, I voluntarily limited myself to discussing the Procure-to-Pay process in the context of digital transformation without going into Contract Management, Supplier Performance and Information Management, and the Strategic or Operational Sourcing process. In this part, let’s take a quick look at how those factor into a successful digital transformation.

Procure-to-Pay Contributions to Digital Transformation (Part 1)

The digital dream: the belief that transforming the front office (also called the customer experience) will lead to success while overlooking back-office transformation will only help to hit the wall faster.” – Bertrand Duperrin When it comes to digital transformation, integrating core enterprise workflows— including invoice files, commitment control, solution implementation, and suppliers and other operational players—can be the difference between ‘check the box’ success and having a substantial impact on your ROI.

CPO Summit: The Battle for Meeting Modern Source-to-Pay Needs

I recently got back from the CPO Summit held in the historic Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), a London conference venue housed in an 18th century mansion with a long and rich British military history dating back to Henry VIII. Within the historic Armoury House were several notable military artifacts, while outside we faced regiment parade, guns ready for parade at the Artillery Garden, the largest garden in the City of London.

June DetermiNews: The month in source to pay and contract management

As Services Procurement Month comes to a close, we hope our series of blogs, podcast, analyst resources and webinar with Forrester helped you become more fluent in this under-understood area. The continuing positive reaction to everything we shared shows us that there is enormous interest in the topic, as well as a hunger (and big need) for more learning. So while you catch up on – or review – our services procurement resources, keep an eye out for even more … More

Has Services-Procurement Technology Prepared Us to Manage Procurement Services?

On our blog and in the OutLoud podcast we’ve been talking quite a lot about the unique requirements of services procurement. In a podcast interview, Determine Chief Product Officer Julien Nadaud addressed the fact that in terms of specifications/requirements and the qualification process, buying services is fundamentally different from buying materials. Kelly Barner wrote a multi-part blog series about how services procurement cannot be considered “one thing” since it encompasses a broad range of talent areas, cost and delivery models, … More

All in the family—realizing the benefits of a holistic approach.

Services procurement is not a silo, but part of the bigger picture for managing wider enterprise spend complexities The trend of “best of breed” sourcing, contract management and p2p solutions converging to suites, as well as the overall predicted growth of the services economy suggests it only makes sense that services procurement automation will be able to achieve new levels of savings and process efficiency by adopting a wider “source-to-pay” platform approach.