For whom the bell tolls: Carillion and the need to rethink outsourcing.

This week the UK’s 2nd largest construction company, employing an estimated 43,000 people around the world, went into liquidation. Three quarters of the company’s sales came from the UK, where many of the contracts were awarded by the UK government for such infrastructure projects as new roads and hospitals.

Three ways CLM can help you comply with GDPR.

There is a constant stream of information coming out about GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation – most of it with a sense of urgency, if not doom, about it. A recent article by Efficio, one of the valued organizations in the DetermineAlliance Partner Program, laid out a very clear and rational explanation for how to approach GDPR compliance. In essence, you need to see where your risks are so you can plan for them.

Source-to-pay platform shopping: Six things to look for.

A recent article by McKinsey gave a brief timeline of examples showing episodes of “punctuated equilibrium” — events that cause major disruption and upheaval before settling into a new period of stasis. Along with the discovery of fire, domestication of dogs, the printing press, internal combustion and the iPhone, we can include the emergence of the source-to-pay cloud platform.

A Look Ahead at 2018

Double the velocity, square the momentum. If you remember your high school physics, this formula perfectly describes how Determine is barreling into 2018 with the sustained impact of continuous — and growing — customer success on the Determine Cloud Platform. Thanks to our rapidly ballooning base of new customers across many varied industries, we’re in a great position to capitalize on our strategy and vision in the fiscal quarters ahead. “Impact” is the operative word for the coming year. We … More

Source-to-Pay: From Automation to Prediction

Smart and collaborative platforms, unified interfaces, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: all these developments are forcing source-to-pay solution providers to regroup and adapt their technology offerings.

The ‘Why’ Behind the Drive for Retail Process Efficiency

As we expand the impact of procurement beyond savings, one of the most frequently cited objectives is process efficiency. In theory, if procurement can help the company execute internal processes more swiftly, they can… something, something, something (?). Process efficiency is good, and savings are good. But neither will have any real impact if we don’t understand why we are driving them.

Retail therapy: How bricks and mortar stores are enhancing competitiveness.

Considering the amount of negative press that’s generated about physical retail, it’s easy to get the impression that the epitaph is already written on the wall (engraved in brick and mortar by Amazon, according to most accounts). But it’s important to remember one fact: 80% – 90% of retail takes place in actual stores.

Professional Services & Support: The Canaries in the M&A Coal Mine

Having been in procurement for a while, I’ve seen a lot of changes take place over time. Procurement M&A — Mergers, acquisitions, rebrandings, etc. are the commercial equivalent of births, deaths, and weddings. They are the facts of life. That said, it is one thing to observe a change in the market, and it is another thing entirely to experience it firsthand.

Bravo, Jaggaer…

Last week, Jaggaer (formerly SciQuest) announced they were buying BravoSolution. This creates a very large player in the market, but there’s a lot of smoke that has to clear before the real implications of this deal become apparent. Not just for the companies themselves, but their customers and prospects.

November DetermiNews: A review of the month in source to pay and contract management

If you search online for “agility and adaptability,” (or, like in our last blog, ask Alexa), chances are the links shown will be a menu of education, supply chain and leadership topics. Which works perfectly to summarize what we covered this month: Agility is the ability and willingness to learn from experience and apply that to perform successfully in new situations; Adaptability is to embrace change. We strive for both every day, and help our customers do the same.

A voice-activated future that’s not all talk.

Saturday Night Live did a spoof commercial not long ago about the Amazon Echo. While it pokes fun at seniors (“I don’t know about that!”), the theme of adapting technology to how people really use it is more universal. To anyone who’s used any kind of voice-activated device – GPS, dictation, search – the experience can vary between seamless / amusing / frustrating, especially during the voice learning phase.

Many Thanks

There are three things that are required to thrive in our industry: 1) A solid vision, 2) Continuous product innovation, and 3) Customers who believe unreservedly that we deliver on those two. Without a doubt, #3 is the real key to success. By turning to us to help master their challenges, customers are placing an enormous amount of trust in us and our technology. That commitment is not lost on us, and is what forms the basis of our entire … More

Success Story: Monoprix shares its experience feedback around managing retail supplier e-catalogs

[NOTE: Leading French retail group Monoprix deployed the Determine Cloud Platform earlier this year, in part to manage e-catalogs. As a major force in city-center shopping, with locations in over 250 cities in France through its six branded stores, Monoprix’s supplier catalog management requirements are vast, as you might imagine. Because of Determine’s deep expertise and experience in the retail industry vertical, they chose our modular, integrated Procurement solution for its flexibility, simplicity and ease of use.] Intuitive user interface, … More

Supplier Information Management (SIM): A Sustainable Means to a Strategic End

A closer look at the PayStream Advisors 2017 Supplier Management Report and webinar. In a recent survey about current supplier management challenges, goals, and practices, PayStream Advisors asked procurement organizations what contributes to poor supplier relationships, and what their priorities are for improving the processes in place. Not surprisingly, access to accurate information was at the heart of both: As a source of supply chain challenges, and as a way to achieve a more strategic level of supplier management. Despite … More

Improve Contract Compliance by Thinking Like Sales…Not Procurement

If you’re anything like me as a procurement practitioner, you think of our end-to-end process in a linear fashion. It usually starts with spend analysis or some other source of information (budget, ERP, BI system output, etc.) and ends with Contract Management and/or Supplier Performance Management. For us, this is completely logical because the sub-processes that we view as the most “active” portions of procurement – strategic sourcing and negotiation – have been dealt with at this point.