Category Archives: Analysts/Research

Enterprise technology – A future written by millennials?

In viewing the release of our newest sourcing platform during a demo, I tried to discern all the pieces that I saw as unique or compelling. Looking past core features in the sourcing platform, such as RFx, auction and award management capabilities, I saw aspects of the new platform that are clearly distinguishable. Things like a slick and simple UI, collaborative reporting, in-app messaging and other social media, including capabilities for networking, made me think of the evolution of technology … More

3 quick tips on using CLM to work smarter and faster

If you’re reading this, you already know the importance of contracts to any organization. Just about every business transaction involves contracts, so it’s important to make the most of them. Here are three reminders of how to use CLM to help you work smarter, make deals faster, and be better informed to make intelligent business decisions and ensure compliance. Be quick on the draw With CLM software, you can automate frequent actions such as contract requests, approvals, and renewals. Leverage … More

Opportunities for improvement in sourcing and contracts

A look at Aberdeen’s recent research: I had the opportunity to read “Strategic Sourcing: Lessons Learned” recently published by the Aberdeen Group. You can download it for free at the following link: It is interesting that many companies are holding onto old technologies when the proliferation of new technology to support their sourcing environments is abundant. Given the numbers from the Aberdeen survey as well as analytics from Gartner, Forrester, etc., it is puzzling why companies remain reluctant to … More

Analysis: How Procurement Teams Demonstrate ROI (Part 2 of 2)

In my last post, I talked about the results of an Iasta Efficio survey that showed the two top priorities for sourcing teams in 2014 were: Increase the rate of cost savings (identified and realized) Drive wider operational efficiencies through procurement Previously we discussed the benefits and importance of having tools and methods to reporting on savings Analysis: How Procurement Teams Demonstrate ROI (Part 1 of 2). Now we’re ready to move on to the second priority. Priority # 2: Drive … More

Analysis: How Procurement Teams Demonstrate ROI (Part 1 of 2)

As 2015 begins, many organizations are assessing how well they achieved their 2014 goals, preparing the best ways to communicate that success in terms of ROI for the company, and setting goals for 2015. According to an Iasta Efficio survey conducted in April of 2014, the top two priorities for procurement teams in the 2014-2016 timeframe are: Increase the rate of cost savings (identified and realized) Drive wider operational efficiencies through procurement Top Priority: Determining your rate of cost savings … More

7 Reasons to Move to ECLM in 2015

In the earlier blog we noted that CLM in the past was based on the inability to completely address the needs of an enterprise due to siloed approaches – so how do we look forward? Contracts are the lifeblood of all business relationships. Today, organizations need the ability to be govern contracts and contract data holistically from a common solution framework to get the best understanding of the obligations that financially bind the entire enterprise. As such, siloed approaches for … More

The Future of CLM in 2015

Recently, Selectica hosted a webinar – now on-demand — titled, Creating Strategic Value from Contract Management. Guest presenter Andrew Bartels, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, Inc. and Patrick Stakenas, Chief Strategy Officer at Selectica had an interesting discussion on the current landscape of CLM. Andrew shared the findings of his recent report and painted the picture of a complicated landscape of solutions in CLM that shows how technology continues to be placed in buckets of functionality, including buy-side, … More

Procurement’s Ever-Growing Role in Retail

It’s been 10 years since AT Kearney categorized retailers into three different categories: Food and drug retailers, who sell just what you would expect (food and drugs) Soft line retailers, who sell apparel Hard line retailers, who sell appliances, electronics, and furniture Although these classifications still exist, the definitions have blurred considerably in recent times. Take Wal-Mart, for example. Wal-Mart is a hypermarket giant that combines all three of the above categories under one roof. And as we all know, … More

Top 3 Reasons Procurement Teams Seek New Software Solutions (Part Two)

In my last post, I shared an observation about how cost savings is no longer the sole metric of success for procurement teams.  I also revealed that savings is no longer among the top 3 reasons that procurement teams choose to purchase new upstream procurement software solutions.  Cost savings has been drifting down in the list, holding the #3 spot in 2012 and 2013. Now, in 2014, cost savings has fallen to 4th place. Why the change? Well, to start, … More

The Power of Spend Analytics

Here at Iasta, we like to have fun when presenting webinars with our clients and industry analysts, and our webinar with Brunswick, Equifax, and Spend Matters was no exception. The speakers agreed to quite a unique theme, tying together The Lord of the Rings and Spend Analysis. There is no denying that this Lord of the Rings-themed webinar made for some good laughs, but we still kept the message simple and clear: although spend analysis often seems like a daunting … More

Top 3 Reasons Procurement Teams Seek New Software Solutions

Guiding procurement teams to the best solutions and most effective implementations of these solutions involves engaging with them at a level much deeper than features, functionality, and price. We establish relationships and learn about their challenges, the underlying reasons they are looking for a new solution, and their short and long term goals for their team. In the end, we firmly believe that Iasta’s success is measured by our ability to solve problems and achieve goals for each client individually. … More

4 Questions You Must Ask to Make Sense of Your Procurement Data

From web browsers and social media to contracts and purchase orders, the amount of available data in the procurement industry is never-ending. All of this data presents awesome opportunities to learn more about your suppliers, decrease risk, and ultimately save your company money. However, knowing how to leverage this data presents a whole new set of challenges. With so much information at your fingertips, it is easy to get caught up in all of the excitement and collect useless data. … More

3 Drivers for Procurement Automation Success

What is driving procurement automation success today, and how can procurement teams plan for the best possible outcome in their source-to-pay transformation? On May 29th, Iasta joined Verian in a webinar titled “Top Drivers in Source-to-Pay Transformation: 3 Keys to Quicker Time to Value.” In only an hour’s time, the panelists covered a number of diverse topics such as: The definition of the source-to-pay cycle The goals of procurement automation ERP vs. best-of-breed vendors Source-to-pay metrics that matter Today, I … More

Who is Determining Your Priorities?

Evaluating the market is the initial key phase to any software implementation. Each organization has its own specific functional and cultural needs and priorities to consider. Key considerations should expand beyond functionality to include cultural fit, alignment with your organizational structure, and your procurement maturity level. The alignment with your specific needs in these areas should remain a basis for decision-making throughout the entire process. Below are three key points to consider during your evaluation process: Where to start? It’s … More

Conquer the Dark Powers of Lost Savings and Hidden Risk

At times, do your stakeholders seem as if they are from Middle-Earth, stuck in their own lands? Do you only see them from afar, bickering with each other and ignoring the rising dark powers of lost savings and hidden risk? Has the incomprehension and inflexibility of spend data from “ERP or the homegrown data warehouses” come to rule them all? Well, now is the time to lift the veil of gloom on spend and use analytics to build a fellowship … More