Delivering on the Vision of the Platform.

The podcast series that’s all about minding your business in contract management and source to pay. In this episode of our podcast, I had an opportunity to speak with Patrick Stakenas, President and CEO of Determine, about lessons learned over the past year and what’s happening at the intersection of the company and the industry as a whole. We discussed the confluence of SaaS and suite modularity, with a focus around meeting current market demands and the wider movement to … More

Platform-powered procurement transformation.

Approaches to expanding procurement value. In anticipation of our upcoming webinar with Spend Matters, Designing the Procurement Factory – Reinventing Procurement Through a Platform, I want to share some initial thoughts around the platform concept. For me, the main difference between a Platform as a Service (PaaS) and a Software as a  Service (SaaS) is about the capability of the platform to expand value at any time, using interconnected proprietary solutions. A perfect example is a company most people in … More

Bricks to Clicks — the impact on the supply chain

Legal, procurement, supply chain—oh my! Visiting some retail clients during the holidays, I was struck by the impact of the accelerated shift from “bricks to clicks” on procurement, supply chain and legal. It’s no secret that recent holiday shopping sales showed a continuing significant shift to online buying habits. Actual physical toy retailers are nearly nonexistent, mobile phone retailers are all online, booking holidays is a 100% online pursuit, banking, grocery and now urgent purchases are easily accessible for online … More

Be Global. Act Multinational.

In a recent webinar co-presented by IACCM and Determine (available on demand here), IACCM CEO Tim Cummins discussed the history of global contract lifecycle management (CLM) efforts reaching back to the 1990s. As he pointed out, the CLM approaches of the time had a tendency to overemphasize centralization and standardization for the sake of cost efficiency. Though this strategy did bring some short-term operational wins, it both alienated local users and created regulatory and/or accounting complications for the company and … More

A platform without compromises, performance without limits. We call it Platformance.

Platformance isn’t about technology, but about what success looks like. It’s peak efficiency through powerful business processes and a single source of data: everyone working in unison to achieve more, faster and more easily. Platformance is when all your spend is managed, contracts leveraged and risk controlled. It’s about starting with exactly what you need to solve your problems now, and easily adding on more features to solve challenges as they show up.

Entrepreneurial thinking, rockstar attitude.

When I was invited to appear on Business Rockstars recently, the host, Mark Lack, asked me what I thought was the single most important piece of advice for entrepreneurs to achieve success. From my own experience as a business founder, owner and now as a source-to-pay and contract management corporate executive, what I tell entrepreneurs is, do your homework. It’s that simple.

Sometimes a “Platform” is just a platform

A closer look: This past week I had the opportunity to be the first guest on Determine’s new podcast series, “Determine OutLoud,” hosted by Constantine Limberakis. If you missed it – listen here – the fast-paced conversation was far more fun than talking about procurement is supposed to be.

January Determinews: What’s trending in source to pay and contract management

Out with the old, in with the new as change in 2017 continues to accelerate. The keywords this year in procurement and contracts are – more than ever – agility and flexibility. We offered up plenty of insight and learning this month to take you beyond the basics in how to achieve both. In case you missed any of it, enjoy the following highlights.

Straight talk about industry jargon

The podcast series that’s all about minding your business in contract management and source to pay. This new series of podcasts is simply conversations between industry professionals, people like you and me talking about what’s happening out there in the world of source to pay and contract management. In this first episode, Kelly Barner, procurement industry expert, author and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and I share some thoughts around an increasingly common – but misunderstood – procurement industry term: … More

Procurement Process Shape Shifting

In Post One and Post Two we defined the most common procurement technology terms and explored what the various combinations of those terms mean. In this final post we take a look at the changing nature of our profession, and how to describe and comprehend it.

Procurement Technology Word Math

In my previous post, I defined seven of the most common procurement technology terms: cloud, platform, digital, solution, point solution, suite, and legacy system/solution/suite. They are commonly misused or misinterpreted, a fact that (while completely understandable) makes it difficult to have clear conversations about the differences and benefits of available procurement technology.

Implementing Global Contracts: Digitization is not just a binary affair (Part 1)

Over the holiday break I came across a recent article in Forbes Magazine. A Forbes study, conducted jointly with Hitachi of 573 global companies, reveals that just 13% of them have integrated digital technologies enterprise-wide, and 51% plan to dedicate 10% or more of revenues to digital transformation over the next two years. 

Getting more from your suppliers starts with you

Featured Resource: How supplier management is impacting organizations more than ever. Advice: It helps to treat suppliers as customers. That seems basic, but consider why so many organizations are just now adopting that attitude. Truth is, supplier management is evolving fast; it’s critical to not only catch up, but to get ahead of the curve.

A Modern Glossary of Procurement Technology Terms

Procurement technology has changed a lot over the last few decades. The terminology we use to describe the technology we have today versus the technology we want/need in the future, or are reading about in industry literature, has changed as well. Unfortunately, even the most common terms in our field are used to imply a variety of applications and functionality, but often with no clear definition.

Note to Self for the New Year

Depending on when you grew up (I’ll willingly date myself here), you may have played Mad Libs, the paper-based game that asked each player to fill in a series of nouns, verbs and adjectives to complete a story. The result was usually nonsensical and inexplicably hilarious, but this approach also has a place in today’s corporate world.