Category Archives: Contract Management

Improve Contract Compliance by Thinking Like Sales…Not Procurement

If you’re anything like me as a procurement practitioner, you think of our end-to-end process in a linear fashion. It usually starts with spend analysis or some other source of information (budget, ERP, BI system output, etc.) and ends with Contract Management and/or Supplier Performance Management. For us, this is completely logical because the sub-processes that we view as the most “active” portions of procurement – strategic sourcing and negotiation – have been dealt with at this point.

Determined to dominate source-to-pay.

“Determine is good at change.” When Determine’s new CMO Gérard Dahan said that in his inaugural blog post last month, it really encapsulated so much of what is true about this company and why we’re steadily beginning to steamroll the source-to-pay and contract management industry.

What Comes First: The Process or The Tool?

Backstory: This blog is a synopsis of a presentation by Determine customer Dave Quillin, Manager of Procurement & Third-Party Risk Management at Alliant Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in the United States, at ProcureCon Indirect West in September 2017. This year, Alliant deployed several modular solutions on the Determine Cloud Platform. This is the story of how they approached the strategy, planning and methodology used to understand and select Determine.

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) going to replace our jobs?

Background: Salon Solutions is the premiere event in Europe for all things related to the fields of digital transformation, Big Data, e-procurement and e-business in general – more than 6,000 visitors attended in 2016. As a major presenter hosting six roundtable discussions, Determine covered many topics of critical interest regarding source-to-pay. While I did not present all of these topics, I thought it would be informative to put them into a series of blogs, which we are sharing this week.

Millennials and technology: Get Ready for a Revolution in Procurement Solutions.

Background: Salons Solutions is the premiere event in Europe for all things related to the fields of digital transformation, Big Data, e-procurement and e-business in general – more than 6,000 visitors attended in 2016. As a major presenter hosting six roundtable discussions, Determine covered many topics of critical interest regarding source-to-pay. While I did not present all of these topics, I thought it would be informative to put them into a series of blogs, which we are sharing this week.

Managing business complexity: Keep it simple.

Background: Salons Solutions is the premiere event in Europe for all things related to the fields of digital transformation, Big Data, e-procurement and e-business in general – more than 6,200 visitors attended in 2017. As a major presenter hosting six roundtable discussions, Determine covered many topics of critical interest regarding source-to-pay. While I did not present all of these topics, I thought it would be informative to put them into a series of blogs, which we are sharing this week.

Third-Party Risk: Let’s talk about Life Sciences

About a year ago we wrote up a four-part blog series around third party risk. As we prepared for a webinar at the end of this month – Third-Party Risk Management Efforts 101: Aligning Supplier Onboarding With Contract Onboarding – I thought it would make sense to revisit the topic by delving into another industry from where I left off…

The Powerful Alignment of SIM and CLM

Procurement is so accustomed to aligning our technology and processes with the objectives of the business at large that we sometimes miss opportunities to align our own technologies and processes with each other. Supplier Information Management (SIM) and Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) provide a perfect case example. Both bring together suppliers and internal touch points, extend beyond procurement’s peak involvement in managing spend categories, and play an important role in addressing (and mitigating) supply chain risk.

Procurement Transformation: Forget features, let’s talk about business processes!

This blog first appeared on Decision-Achats, 05/09/2017 Today, e-procurement providers are racing to offer ever more features to their customers. The result is often mixed: unused features, and rigid processes that do not really meet each company’s specific business needs. Most source-to-pay solutions on the market stick to a linear process: purchase requests, orders, receipt and invoice reconciliation. However, this process only works for certain purchase categories. As soon as you want to add more negotiation, teamwork, or contract management, … More

The evolution of the legal profession: From legal expert to business partner— A French Perspective

Business is evolving in a volatile legal context: regulations are changing and becoming tougher. The notion of “conformity” and “compliance” have never been so prevalent. During the 7th annual Journée du Management Juridique (Legal Management Day) in Paris this past June, Mr. Philippe Ginestié evoked a time when a supplier’s word and handshake were enough to constitute a contract. But that time has passed.

P2P Synchronicity: Integrating purchasing and payables.

Integrated, unified, combined; Determine devotes a lot of real estate in our content and resources to the topic of getting everyone on the same page. Our Process Under Management approach is all about aligning your people, processes and data to maximize visibility and control of business information so you can achieve greater results. Integrating Purchasing and Payables, a Determine-sponsored PayStream report, presents more compelling facts around why you need to get P2P processes in sync.

Contract Management: Visibility empowers decisions.

At approximately 175,496 pages (as of 2013), the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is not a casual beach read. So, until recently, I had never heard of Section 317.8(5)(ii) of title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations. But I have experienced the impact of that rule first hand on many occasions. Specifically, in the bacon aisle of the supermarket.

Contract Management: From business controller to business enabler.

The podcast series that’s all about minding your business in contract management and source to pay. Our archaic and medieval methods of constructing and drafting contracts are really a massive degradation to the potential for better trust, better communication.” – Tim Cummins, President & CEO of IACCM This quote from Tim Cummins, President & CEO of IACCM (International Association for Contract & Commercial Management), is a powerful indictment of the whole practice of contract management today. But as he also … More

It’s your decision. Or is it?

Back in the day I did some work for a wealth management firm in New York. At that time, I was introduced to the area of Behavioral Finance, and more broadly, behavioral economics. While not new concepts, they gained new relevance – and urgency – during the financial meltdown 10 years ago. As my client used to say, investors are often their own worst enemies. In times of stress, even the most solidly constructed investment portfolio can be undermined through … More

UIX Redux: Ease of use drives the user experience.

A number of years ago when my niece first got her driver’s license, my brother-in-law got a panicked called from her in tears. In a shaky voice she said, “I pulled into a gas station next to the pump to fill up…now what do I do?” I remembered this story recently when I spent some time in rural France. Having rented a car, I knew eventually I was going to need gas. Not speaking much French, it was something I … More