Author Archives: Michael Mitchell
On our blog and in the OutLoud podcast we’ve been talking quite a lot about the unique requirements of services procurement. In a podcast interview, Determine Chief Product Officer Julien Nadaud addressed the fact that in terms of specifications/requirements and the qualification process, buying services is fundamentally different from buying materials. Kelly Barner wrote a multi-part blog series about how services procurement cannot be considered “one thing” since it encompasses a broad range of talent areas, cost and delivery models, … More
“All things seem possible in May.” In the world of procurement, that quote by Edwin Way Teale wasn’t far off the mark. CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade was a big focus this month. In this year’s report, the first to really take a technology angle, there was so much to cover we had to parse it out into four chapters. A lot of revelations, chief among them is that procurement leaders are much less focused on spend under … More
When it comes to procurement insights, this has to be one of the simplest-to-understand but hard-to-achieve strategies we’ve heard in a long time: “Listen to the needs of the business.”
By coincidence (or not), today is the birthday of Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph – arguably the first email. Considering the continual rise in speed, quantity and complexity of data communications today, it’s worth remembering that to some degree, he started all this. Of course, being that humans can never leave well enough alone, we’re still tweaking, refining and trying to perfect source-to-pay and contract management technology that enables people to communicate and collaborate better.
A blog by Spend Matters yesterday caught my eye, as it’s a topic that’s very top of mind here at Determine: the procurement technology user experience – or UIX. Coming hot on the heels of the Spend Matters’ E-Procurement SolutionMap, it’s a perfect time to look at what source to pay UIX really means and why it matters. More importantly, look at some of the many ways we optimize it on the new 17.3 Release of the Determine Cloud Platform.
When it comes to contract management, all businesses face similar needs and challenges, from redlining to attachment management, tracking, clause libraries, etc. But for federal contractors – especially those working in technology for public sector agencies like the Department of Defense and the intelligence community – managing contractual relationships and the documents themselves leaves no room for error.
Ardent Partners turns the spotlight on Determine. Holistic as a word was first used 80 years ago. That’s why it’s a bit surprising that the concept is just now gaining real traction in source-to-pay. But, as Ardent Partners explains in their report, the shift is happening because of the intersection of modern competitive business pressures and continuing innovation in technology. This has forced – and enabled – leading enterprises to take a more holistic view of their supply management workflow. … More
With all the madness that happens in March, we’re guessing that many – if not most – of you were more absorbed in your brackets than our blogs (and other resources). Whether your brackets got busted or not, you have to admire the flawless teamwork that defines winners. In that spirit, this month focused a lot on linking and harmonizing functions in organizations, particularly procurement and accounts payable. Creating the ability for close teamwork takes a concerted effort (and … More
Advanced procurement functionality meets agility on our cloud platform technology. Based in Suresnes, France, Servier is a leading pharmaceutical organization specializing in specific areas of development, including cardiovascular, oncology and rheumatology. Founded in 1954, Servier is present in 140 countries, with more than 21,000 employees, including close to 3,000 in R&D alone.
Recently we explored the inconsistent interpretations surrounding what constitutes a platform v. suite v. disparate collection of point solutions. Lately, we’ve heard a little bit of the same term-swapping between business process and workflow.
For a variety of geopolitical reasons, there’s a lot of rethinking going on right now about what the future will (and should) look like. It’s no less true in our industry, where change and innovation are constants. Rethinking and reinventing is just part of being a technology leader, and leveraging that technology is how leading companies stay that way. From “results” to “retail” to “reinvention,” we reflect back a month of insights and learning. Enjoy the following highlights. As always, please … More
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.
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.
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.
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.