Category Archives: Analysts/Research

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

Don’t Expect Executive Support without Effective Communication

More than 100 procurement professionals ranging from CPO to Sourcing Mangers to Category mangers (and everything in between) participated in a global procurement survey conducted by Iasta and Efficio. Together, Iasta and Efficio revealed some interesting statistics and discussed findings from the survey in a webinar on May 13 titled, “Becoming a Procurement Change Agent in 2014: A Global Perspective of Procurement and Change Management.” One survey question asked participants to select what they believed were the top three most … More

Speed up Savings with a Modern Sourcing Approach

The month of May means racing is on our brains here in Indianapolis. The Indy 500 is just days away and our city’s excitement for speed and racing is contagious. With this “need for speed” in mind, I’ve been asking myself this question: How do we help our clients go after these top savings priorities in the quickest and most efficient way? The answer, I believe, starts by looking at some industry research. Over the last few years, we’ve seen … More

Deliver the ROI You Promised in Your Source-to-Pay Transformation

You want to automate the source-to-pay cycle, but what solution is best for your business? Would focused specialty solutions serve you best? Should you consider a monolithic enterprise platform? Without understanding the tradeoffs that accompany these decisions, you may not realize the ROI you need within an acceptable time frame. The Source-to-Pay cycle in mid- to large-sized enterprises encompasses diverse teams with unique application requirements.  As these enterprises embark on the automation journey, they are faced with a variety of solutions, … More

Going Beyond Supplier Diversity 101

In today’s world, supplier diversity is becoming a growing concern and objective for procurement teams. While supplier diversity can be a moving target for most organizations, there is no denying diversity is becoming a competitive advantage. Improved supplier diversity is helping organizations strengthen employee motivation and emerge into new markets. Often, procurement teams struggle with where to start when mapping out their strategy, goals, and metrics for the diversity program. Dysfunctional processes, bad data collection practices, and the inability to … More

Survey Results: Becoming a Procurement Change Agent in 2014

Over the past several weeks we’ve been collecting information based on our recent global procurement survey. We polled over 100 organizations representing more than 20 countries in every continent. The respondents included: 58% from the United States or United Kingdom 5 – 15% from industries of consumer products, engineering, industrial machinery, retail, telecom, travel, transportation and utilities 32% from companies of $1B – $5B revenue, and 25% over $5B Keeping these demographics in mind, one key finding we discovered in … More