Author Archives: Constantine Limberakis

Empowering procurement through Platformance: Part 4 of 4

A look at CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade Chapters One, Two and Three of CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade covered a lot of ground, from the current state of procurement to the CPO mindset and what best-in-class organizations are doing differently. Chapter Four – Strategies for Success, the final chapter of the report, gives you hard and fast advice and strategies for taking your procurement organization to the next level, and beyond. Take notes.

Empowering procurement through Platformance: Part 2 of 4

A look at CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade In my previous post, Chapter One of CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade, we looked at the current state of the CPO and procurement leaders, the shifting priorities they have and the strategies they’re using – or plan to use – to achieve them. This time, Chapter Two looks more broadly at the state of procurement as a whole – where it is, where it needs to be and what … More

Empowering procurement through Platformance: Part 1 of 4

A look at CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade This four-part series explores the just-released CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade report from Ardent Partners. As a lead-up to our webinar with Ardent Partners, we’ll examine each chapter of the benchmark report individually and offer it as a download. The series culminates with the webinar and full report on May 24.

The benefit of UI/UX is not always what you see and feel, but what you don’t.

As my colleague Mike Mitchell pointed out in a previous blog, there is a lot of talk about the notion of user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) lately. Where enterprise business technology is concerned, source-to-pay technology in particular, this quest for improving the UI/UX today is often considered only in the context of what we can see and feel. I even wrote an entire blog series about this as it related to Google’s influence of material design on our … More

Aligning Procurement and Finance: An Inside Perspective.

  The podcast series that’s all about minding your business in contract management and source to pay. As a prelude to Determine’s webinar with Spend Matters  on aligning Procurement and Finance, I decided to get an insider’s perspective from our own Chief Financial Officer, John Nolan. In this episode of our podcast, my conversation with John explored his experience around aligning finance with procurement and other departments, as well. Given his varied background in companies of all sizes, public and private, … More

The Future of Legal Work

The following article on General Counsel and legal teams becoming business drivers with the help of legal technology originally appeared in Corporate Counsel, March 30, 2017. How CLM technology can help transform Legal with Self-Service The demands on today’s general counsel are many, complex, and unfortunately often in conflict with the wider business. Corporate counsels are their company’s traditional guardians, expected to protect the business against unnecessary risk from poorly thought out plans, regulators, unscrupulous partners, class-action lawyers, bad business … More

Serving up Services Procurement.

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 a conversation with Julien Nadaud, Chief Product Officer of Determine, about the increasing importance of Services Procurement, and why it hasn’t been more fully embraced by companies. We expanded on the scope of what categories are included under the Services Procurement umbrella. With the move in Europe and the U.S. from manufacturing to service economies, companies … More

Harmonizing Procurement and Payables

Hit all the right notes by getting procurement and payables in sync. One definition of harmony is the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions having a pleasing effect.  When music is in harmony, in an orchestra for instance, there are a number of tones that are produced creating an amazing distribution of sounds; collective sounds from multiple instruments that can not be reproduced on their own.

Living “In the Age of the Platform”

Every so often my wife and I start binge watching a new series in the age of on demand. The latest show we started is called The Wire on HBO. An acclaimed crime drama series that takes place in the gritty urban inner-city streets of Baltimore, I immediately came to recognize that it’s set in a time before the advent of smartphones, where in an early episode street gang members were seen pawning the latest Nokia 3310 series phone.

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

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

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. 

The Accelerating Rise of Cloud Platforms

A recent stat quoted in a CPO Rising guide titled “The Trends (and Benefits) of Cloud-Based Technology Adoption: CPOs Take Notice” is telling: cloud platform adoption has grown by 37.5% over the past few years, up over 14% between 2014 and 2015 alone. “Chief Procurement Officers love ‘going to the cloud’ because it allows them to focus on what is most important to them: automating and repeating processes, scaling resources, and driving greater value through greater volume.” — CPO Rising Procurement … More

A platform approach for improving the link between supplier & contract management

When we look at software, we often tend to think of the use case in isolation – or as a horizontal if you will. Think back to when you first started using MS Office. Word was for creating documents, of course; PowerPoint for presentations; Excel for spreadsheets; Outlook for emails and calendars. But today, the interactions of all of these business-related activities has blurred the lines of functionality based on intent and use. Creating document templates with PowerPoint or using … More

16.9 release blog – Dashboards here, dashboards there, dashboards everywhere: But it’s about usability, visibility and control.

While dashboards are nothing new to the world of enterprise software, they are becoming a window for core interaction and a unique differentiator for enterprise cloud applications. UI/UX Design has come front and center for enterprise applications in the post-ERP era. Today the advantages of the platform are no longer linked to complex screens that promise the world, but need to be fine-tuned by a software engineer to be fully utilized. VS. The analogy I like to use is this: … More