Time for legal to soar into the Cloud (Series 1 of 3)

This article was first published in ACC Docket, September 2016. The cloud will make your legal team’s global operations more efficient. The cloud will also bring much-needed transparency to and increased collaboration with your company’s suppliers.

What Do Procurement Organizations Need Most? Answer: Agility & Flexibility

One idea that has not changed, nor will ever change for procurement, is the importance of managing cost. In fact, procurement’s raison d’être, headed by the Chief Procurement Officer or other procurement executive, is and always will be focused on controlling cost; but it increasingly requires the adaptability to adjust to the world around it.

Improving Insights Into Third-Party Risk (Series 2 of 4)

How SIM & CLM can save millions of dollars: A Look at the Financial Industry As we continue the series on managing third-party risk—SIM-CLM, it is clear that every organization has a different take on what is most critical to understanding its value. For financial organizations, addressing third-party risk has partly translated into managing a complex workflow of regulations compliance and risk prescribed by regulatory agencies that have been dominating the landscape.

“Risk” is in the Eye of the Beholder

“Risk” Is in the Eye of the Beholder I am still amazed at how the conversation about a broad topic such as risk is dependent on the individual I am speaking with, and more often will just be focused on contract management.

Improving Insights Into Third-Party Risk (Series 1 of 4)

Introduction to SIM & CLM: Why supplier risk isn’t just a Fortune 100 company issue. The responsibility for managing suppliers and supplier contracts has taken on a heightened level of interest and concern in recent years. Highly regulated industries including finance, healthcare and food services, are forced to re-evaluate how supplier information is collected and how contracts are managed. With fines that can be in the millions, the potential of being audited and penalized due to non-compliance is real.

On the Curve of Innovation — Part 3: Enabling Collaboration & Self-Service

Making your organization run efficiently requires that you are able to take a clear and honest look at your workflows as they were designed. With the right enterprise technology, you not only can do this, but can also easily collaborate and communicate the business process you intended for those workflows, while enabling self-service capabilities to meet the demands of a wide variety of users. In this regard, consider the number of various user types involved with contract management, where workflow … More

The CFO’s Bread and Butter: Compliance & Risk (Series 3 of 5)

Thanks for joining our series of posts comparing how factors such as timing and cost are seen differently by finance, procurement and legal. Compliance and risk are no different. While procurement may see compliance and risk management as being a few rungs up their strategic maturity ladder, for finance — and legal, I might add — they are the bedrock of our existence in the organization. If a CFO isn’t focused on ensuring compliance and risk management, he or she … More

Deciphering the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for P2P

Determine scored No. 1 for out-of-the-box P2P functionality for projects* A recent article in the French procurement magazine, Décision Achat, suggests a closer analysis of the situation in the world market for Procure-to-Pay software companies, such as the one conducted by the global analyst firm—Gartner. Here are some facts brought to light by the Gartner analysis that should catch your attention: About the P2P market. The Procure-to-Pay market generates about $4 billion annually with a growth rate of more than … More

On the Curve of Innovation — Part 1: The Value of Material Design

Ever since enterprises have been using computers to capture business processes, the goal has always been to transfer the tangible experience of the paper to the screen. Fifty years later, as computing power has improved, based on the principles of Moore’s Law, so has the ability to create a modern tactile experience through Material Design. A concept of interest to developers and graphic designers for sometime, we witness these changes every time we login to a new website or email tool … More

Finance CFO Introduction (Series 1 of 5)

When you’re a CFO – no matter what company you happen to work for – it’s hard not to take a straight line finance perspective. As the CFO of Determine, I’m constantly faced with the challenge of balancing the requirements of finance and accounting with the needs of procurement and legal. After all, they are our customers too. I followed the recent series of blog posts by Kelly Barner that Determine ran on procurement maturity. It is interesting how clear your own viewpoint becomes … More

Featured Resource: Turn supplier diversity into business advantages through visibility

Meeting diversity objectives can help reach a whole range of bigger corporate objectives, too! Supplier diversity was initially promoted as corporate stewardship for the disenfranchised. Today, diversity is considered a competitive advantage. Changing work demographics and emerging markets compel businesses to invest in supplier diversity programs. Yet, most organizations are unable to measure and report on their supplier diversity efforts. Dysfunctional processes and the inability to enrich and normalize data make supplier diversity programs challenging. Thus, diversity programs often miss … More

Featured Resource: Strategic Sourcing in the Euro-Area

A common currency demands uncommon approaches Europe offers unique sourcing and spend management challenges; the right strategy will turn those into unique opportunities. While the countries that make up Europe vary dramatically in size, diversity, and economic influence, much of the continent shares a common currency that underscores the need for common approaches to strategic sourcing. This report examines the unique pressures, actions, and capabilities faced by organizations in the European region as they continue to leverage sourcing to bolster … More

You don’t trust the Cloud? Think again…

Gartner has the data: more than 90% of 2015’s deals were for cloud-delivered solutions and suites.* Conversations about cloud/SaaS computing always seem to circle back to security. Yet the fact is that most of us are already in the cloud. So many services are hybridized that it’s almost impossible to delineate where the cloud starts and on-premise leaves off. Not surprisingly, the benefits of cloud computing are driving widespread adoption. While the pervasiveness of cloud computing is disruptive, it is … More

Success Story: Marvell Semiconductor

Company name: Marvell Semiconductor (division of Marvell Technology) Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., offers integrated circuit solutions using communications mixed signal processing and digital signal processing technologies. The company offers switching, wireless, PC connectivity, gateway and power management products; and transceivers and communications controllers. It also offers system-on-chip products, hard disk controllers, preamplifiers, motor controllers, and tape drive controllers. In addition, the company provides storage products for hard disk drives and tape drive electronics, and storage interconnect technology. Its products are used in … More