The Procurement Maturity Curve — savings at every stage

The role of Procurement is ever changing and growing in importance. What are your company’s current practices? What are you doing to advance to the next level? Savings is still a primary focus and a critical measure of effectiveness, but it’s not the only one. In this two-part series, we’ll examine how procurement technology is (or should be) adding value across enterprises. We’ll also touch on how incorporating data and analytics tools can enhance processes, providing procurement professionals with increased … More

Taking TIGR by the tail: Kellogg Company’s CLM deployment strategy

It was in 2009 when Kellogg Company began exploring new options for a contract lifecycle management tool. That decision, however, got put off as the company pursued a major acquisition opportunity. This turned out to be fortuitous, because the combination of the acquisition process, integration of the new business and the increase in our volume all served to highlight the need for a more robust CLM. It also helped formulate and focus our list of CLM requirements and priorities. I … More

Evolution of the Cloud and its impact on Procurement

Talking about cloud computing today has become commonplace as cloud-based technologies play a more critical role in business.  But much like other technological innovations, one thing leads to another, with each iteration building on its predecessor. Consider the evolution of the power grid, of telecommunications, of the personal computer, or of the Internet. Based on the advances of technology leaders like Amazon, Google and Salesforce. Today, most of us in the IT industry understand that it is the evolving technology … More

Business considerations for a better year

A lot has already changed within the first few weeks of the year. The China asset bubble finally burst, oil prices are near $25 a barrel and indicators predict especially uncertain times. Could 2016 be the year that we see the predictions of 2008 come home to roost? Whatever the year holds, David Bowie was right, the future will not be boring. As we hope for the best and prepare for the worst, here are my key business considerations for … More

The ROI of Integrity, Trust and Loyalty

Successful implementations that meet complex customer needs begin with strong relationships. We know that strong relationships are based on integrity, which takes time and effort to develop. But believe me, the ROI of integrity is real. From lower churn, more referral customers and loyal clients to shorter sales cycles, bigger deals, happier employees and more innovative solutions — investing in integrity is good for business. In fact, integrity is one of our core values at Determine. Having integrity leads to … More

Eight New Year’s Resolutions for Smarter Procurement and Spend Management in 2016

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016! Just a couple weeks into the new year and maybe 75 percent of resolution makers are still on track, in six months fewer than half will be. To make things happen this year, most of us need to focus on a few key (and achievable) goals. If you don’t know where to start, Determine™ can help! You can chat with one of our experts about 2016 planning. We can help with successfully managing your challenges … More

Procurement and Finance Collaboration: What CFOs and Procurement Need to Know

When talking about procurement and finance collaboration, purchase-to-pay (P2P) technology always seems to come up. Budgeting, planning and savings implementations are shared across procurement and finance, but the connection between these two organizations also involve activities such as sourcing, purchasing, contracting, approvals, capital management, payments and more. In addition, more and more often the CPO reports to the CFO — another reason finance and procurement should aim to work seamlessly together. Although these departments have been historically siloed, they actually … More

Center Led Procurement: An Introduction

One of the hot topics in sourcing today is the trend toward center-led procurement organizations. This is where strategic decisions are coordinated centrally while transactional activities are decentralized across the organization, especially in large enterprises (>1 billion dollars). Today we are going to compare and contrast center-led procurement with the traditional centralized and decentralized models of procurement, and review some of the advantages of the center-led model. A classic decentralized model of procurement, where each business, functional or geographic unit … More

Empower managers with P2P process improvements

Overhead cost control, reduction and compliance with agreed budgets—They’re on every organization’s agenda, yet few have the processes and solutions in place to achieve them. In this blog we look at the issues and the solutions. Getting overhead under control. Whether it’s a new calendar year or a new fiscal year (or both), now is the time to make your spend control and reduction resolutions, and put the steps in place to make them a reality. Of all the factors … More

Resolutions For All

Sorry to say it, but that time of the year has arrived. And if you are like me, taking stock of the accomplishments of the past year along with being aware of what has transpired around you are important steps in preparing resolutions for next year. I am of course talking about pondering business challenges and imperatives as opposed to personal imperatives like reducing my cholesterol level… A big and growing part of awareness these days comes from social media. … More

Selecting buy- and sell-side technology that supports an enterprise approach

All too often, evaluating procurement and legal departments’ technology are centered on solving a specific problem. Typically, they’re related to sourcing events, departmental contract management, supplier optimization or spend analytics. In order to maximize ROI, however, such technology implementations should be considered as part of a broader enterprise strategy. This would also help stakeholders across the organization develop and extend their strategic potential and business impact. In a recent conference in France, we saw many customers who have focused heavily … More

Why procurement is buying into the power of Big Data

Purchasing at the best price, at the optimum time, from the right supplier. Automatically. That, in a nutshell, is what is driving the wholesale embrace of Big Data by procurement professionals and organizations, according to Mathieu Neu, writing in French industry publication Decision-Achats. Recently, the procurement game has changed significantly, with e-procurement tools getting better and better at automating strategic purchase decisions that result in significant spending cuts and budget optimization. A few major players are leading this digitalization of … More

Optimizing Strategic Sourcing Efforts – Insight From Research: Part 2

These are exciting times for procurement professionals. But consistently, most procurement leaders feel they should be doing better. Unlike last year’s Ardent report on “The State of Strategic Sourcing,” respondents in 2015 see as obstacles technology systems and processes rather than staff or talent challenges. Moreover, they feel that they can drive improvements that propel procurement forward through effective use of collaboration and enabling technologies, something that best-in-class are doing better than their peers. Survey respondents note that a strong … More

Buying turkey doesn’t have to be like rocket science!

One irony that historians note is that turkey was most likely not eaten on the first Thanksgiving. But tradition is what it is, and turkey is on the menu today. With that being said, there is a lot of turkey to be had this year. Let’s start with some numbers: According to the NTF (for the non-turkey experts, this is the National Turkey Federation), 228 million turkeys will be raised in the U.S. in 2015. As everyone probably knows, the … More

“e pluribus unum”

While I’m certainly not one for unbridled patriotism, I’ve always had a soft spot for the motto “e pluribus unum.” It could be that it takes me back to my days of high school Latin but that does not fully account for the sentimental impact of the words. The translation, like most from Latin, allows for a bit of nuanced interpretation. The range of translations typically include “One out of many” or “One from many,” and the one favored in … More