Category Archives: Analysts/Research

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

Become a Procurement Change Agent

As a modern procurement pro, you must be prepared to become an “agent for change” in areas that go far beyond just cost management. Creating operational efficiencies, managing supply-based risks, and promoting sustainability are just some examples of where procurement is expanding. Iasta has partnered with our European consulting partner, Efficio, to develop a global procurement survey studying what exactly it means to become a change agent. The survey results are in – and our early analysis tells us that … More

End-User Computing Levers Can Help You Manage Costs

Now that you’ve signed the contract, is your organization experiencing higher than anticipated end-user computing (EUC) and device growth? How is your service provider reacting to your demand? Have you been surprised by a different charging model to manage the growth? Are the business case benefits beginning to erode? If you answer yes to any of these questions, the following Top 5 ideas will help you get your EUC under control. 1. Work with your service provider to leverage your … More

Setting the Table for Many … Service Providers, That Is

The sourcing environment has become intensely complex with every type of operational service potentially being outsourced, shared sourced, or retained and squeezed in every direction to increase productivity and profit line contribution. And all of this is complicated by multiple providers who must somehow work effectively together. Managing business requirements (demand) and service providers (supply) in an integrated fashion is one of the greatest management challenges facing today’s executives. Three common failings can easily trip up service integration: the lack … More