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

Customer Focus: Acticall Group

An interview with Bruno Sénico, Purchaser for the Acticall Group Q: Acticall, the benchmark French-speaking Call Center, has extended its business and today is a leading Services Group. Could you tell us more about this growth? A: Our Group has evolved dramatically as a result of internal growth with the opening of subsidiaries in the Ivory Coast and Morocco and external growth with the acquisition of Sitel, the American leader in Customer Relations. We are now one of the top 4 global … More

ePayments: an idea that continues to evolve

In the context of payment, the concept of “the check” was conceived by Dutch traders in the early 1500s. The check became a way of banking through clearing houses and a safer alternative to keeping money at home. Today, 500 years later, check payments continue as an accepted form of monetary transactions. However, the idea of making payments “digitally” continues to intrigue and influence the goals of accounts payable organizations. The sheer scale of transactions has created a need for alternatives … More

Getting up to speed with all things Determine

With Memorial Day just around the corner, we honor all those who have served our country as we race into summer. The Indianapolis 500 is also gearing up; those of you who visited ISM 2016 saw how we got a jumpstart on that event with our racing-themed booth (see the pictures below!) It was great to see everyone who stopped by, and for those of you who couldn’t make it we look forward to catching up with you soon. Speaking … More

The hijacking of Lean Management or management’s flight from complexity?

“Lean production is a work organization model that favors the development of proactive, competent employees who are prepared and motivated to think and suggest improvements.” — Philippe Hidden behind the magical power of measurement quantified using intrinsically false data, Management is finding itself unable to deliver performance in a complex world within ever more complex organizations. Didn’t Lean Management provide the keys to performance? In the 1990s, didn’t the complexity sciences largely contribute to the revival of the practice of … More

5 Benefits of Punchout Catalogs

What is Punchout? It is a way to connect directly to the supplier’s catalog from an application such as procurement systems and purchase to pay software. Via this protocol, buyers can order from within their purchasing system with a direct access to negotiated catalogs via the web. I recently conducted a survey with our customers regarding the purchasing process trends and I discovered an increasing part of our clients use punchout catalogs (31%). By being compatible with OCI and cXML … More