Category Archives: Functionality

Procure to Pay: Best practices in six key points

Salon Solutions is always an exciting event, and a great chance to hear the latest buzz and get a feel for what’s going on in our industry. As Senior Solutions Strategist for Determine in France, I am pleased to say that this three-day show in Paris was hugely successful in terms of attracting attendees to our booth and engaging them on a personal level. What’s more, speaking at various events was a chance to share our vision and technology around Procure-to-Pay … More

Concentric Supplier Risk Management

Today, executives in all functions and lines of business are driven to create shareholder value. Nothing can destroy the perceived value of an investment faster than negative press, which can do irreparable damage to a brand. In some cases, the cause of the criticism may not even be due to a company’s own actions, but rather those of their suppliers (or suppliers’ suppliers). When a supply chain extends across the globe, procurement may have to extend the scope of their … More

Big Data, predictive analytics and prescriptive analytics will drive future enterprise performance.

What value does the Determine Cloud Platform add? How can its Big Data offering assist buyers? And what advantages are offered by the predictive and prescriptive analytics developed by Determine? In mid-September, I was interviewed about recent and forthcoming developments of Determine’s Cloud Platform Source-to-Pay and Contract Management solutions, which cover the entire finance procurement process. The original interview appeared in the French procurement magazine, Décision-Achats. What fundamentally distinguishes you from your competitors? What would you say is the main … 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

Investing in Corporate Governance to Ensure Compliance

Governance and compliance are terms that are often used interchangeably to describe the “law and order” part of procurement’s responsibilities. That being said, they are not quite the same thing. Governance captures the rules in place regarding purchasing and spend management, while compliance is the adherence to (and/or enforcement of) those rules. In a perfect world, governance is what you do and compliance is what you get in return. Historically, most organizations have predominantly focused on compliance. This may be due … More

IACCM San Diego – Contract Management digitization continues its transformation

Observations from the IACCM Americas conference A recent Liberty Mutual commercial highlights a woman talking about a typical car insurance contract being 22 pages long, and that most people don’t read it except lawyers because no one really understands it; to the average person it reads “blah blah blah blah blah”. Hitting a nerve even in the world of commercial contracts, it is evident that contract management today needs to get beyond the traditional legalese of typical contracts designed by … More

Enable Your Organization: Processes, Systems, and “Boundaryless Companies” in the Technological Age (Series 2 of 2)

This article was first published in the ACC Docket, August 2016. In Part 1, we covered the idea of technology as both the catalyst for – and result of – “boundaryless” organizations, and why legal needs to embrace expertise in these integrated systems. In Part 2, we look at how people are also becoming silo-less through the power of self-service. Employees without boundaries: Going self-service. To go back to Jack Welch, he elaborated on “boundaryless companies” and described them as … More

Enable Your Organization: Processes, Systems, and “Boundaryless Companies” in the Technological Age (Series 1 of 2)

Source This article was first published in the ACC Docket, August 2016. This two-part blog series explores the concept of the “boundaryless” enterprise, and the role that legal plays in this seamless world. In Part 1, we’ll get into how technology is essential for legal teams in not only managing all that interconnectedness, but the risks and potential that come with it. Good business processes and systems breed successful businesses. As corporate counsel, we must be more than simply attuned … More

The Impact of Supplier Management on Spend: Linking the Dynamics of Supplier Relationships with P2P

In an environment of increased regulations and demand for compliance, organizations are placing their suppliers under increasing scrutiny. Yet, managing supplier information is often near impossible given the the inability of organizations to easily tie supplier information to procure to pay. According to recent research from PayStream Advisors, supplier relationships are often strained due to poor processes resulting from the lack of automation in managing them. In the 2016 P2P for Indirect Spend Report, more than one third of respondents … More

Time for legal to soar into the Cloud (Series 3 of 3)

We looked closely at the compelling reasons for adopting a cloud-based legal solution in Part 1, and ways to mitigate supplier risk in Part 2. In this third and final blog in the series, you’ll discover how other organizations have made cloud solutions integral to the way they do business. Proof of government compliance In the interest of full disclosure, I am the general counsel of Determine, a global provider of cloud-based contract lifecycle management, strategic sourcing, supplier management, and … More

Improving Insights Into Third-Party Risk (Series 3 of 4)

Non-Compliance in Food Safety Is High Risk for Everyone: What SIM & CLM Offers Food Services Industry in the Context of Third-Party Risk Management Like many industries, the food service industry is challenged with having to adhere to regulatory compliance. However, unlike most industries, the impact of lack of compliance regarding quality and safety in the food supply chain is not only a business challenge that presents possible reputational damage, but can potentially pose a huge public health risk. Food … More

Time for legal to soar into the Cloud (Series 1 of 3)

This article was first published in ACC Docket, September 2016. The cloud will make your legal team’s global operations more efficient. The cloud will also bring much-needed transparency to and increased collaboration with your company’s suppliers.

Improving Insights Into Third-Party Risk (Series 2 of 4)

How SIM & CLM can save millions of dollars: A Look at the Financial Industry As we continue the series on managing third-party risk—SIM-CLM, it is clear that every organization has a different take on what is most critical to understanding its value. For financial organizations, addressing third-party risk has partly translated into managing a complex workflow of regulations compliance and risk prescribed by regulatory agencies that have been dominating the landscape.

“Risk” is in the Eye of the Beholder

“Risk” Is in the Eye of the Beholder I am still amazed at how the conversation about a broad topic such as risk is dependent on the individual I am speaking with, and more often will just be focused on contract management.

The CFO’s Bread and Butter: Compliance & Risk (Series 3 of 5)

Thanks for joining our series of posts comparing how factors such as timing and cost are seen differently by finance, procurement and legal. Compliance and risk are no different. While procurement may see compliance and risk management as being a few rungs up their strategic maturity ladder, for finance — and legal, I might add — they are the bedrock of our existence in the organization. If a CFO isn’t focused on ensuring compliance and risk management, he or she … More