Category Archives: Procurement Transformation
How to make friends and influence outcomes Procurement does not have an easy job. We function as the spending conscience of the enterprise. When a contract is going to be awarded, we make sure a careful selection process is followed and that every specification or requirement associated with additional cost earns its place. We ensure that incumbent suppliers deserve renewed business, and push all suppliers to perform their best on behalf of the company. As important as all those things … More
You don’t have to be a corporate general counsel to know that managing contracts can be complicated and time consuming. While almost every contract starts with a request, and ends (hopefully) with renewal, there’s a lot that needs to go on — and sometimes doesn’t — in between. That’s where an integrated and automated contract management process comes in.
I recently shared my initial thoughts about the news that Carillion, the 2nd largest construction company in the UK, had gone into liquidation because it could not secure the funding required to stay in operation. As a reminder, Carillion is a private sector firm that provided a wide array of public services across Britain. They served lunches in public schools and provided maintenance to prisons; They provided cleaning and foodservice in hospitals, and they maintained roads. Perhaps most importantly, they … More
If January is any indication of the year ahead, it’s going to be a busy one. From GDPR rising to Carillion collapsing, the expanding role of contract management (and the need for alerts) and the changes coming in the realm of procurement technology, we covered a lot of ground this month.
When you think about why a company would invest in a contract lifecycle management (CLM) solution, the first things that come to mind might include improved governance and agreement administration. But is that it? If the ROI of CLM is limited to better dotted I’s and more neatly crossed T’s, the effort to select and implement a solution hardly seems worth it.
This week the UK’s 2nd largest construction company, employing an estimated 43,000 people around the world, went into liquidation. Three quarters of the company’s sales came from the UK, where many of the contracts were awarded by the UK government for such infrastructure projects as new roads and hospitals.
A recent article by McKinsey gave a brief timeline of examples showing episodes of “punctuated equilibrium” — events that cause major disruption and upheaval before settling into a new period of stasis. Along with the discovery of fire, domestication of dogs, the printing press, internal combustion and the iPhone, we can include the emergence of the source-to-pay cloud platform.
Double the velocity, square the momentum. If you remember your high school physics, this formula perfectly describes how Determine is barreling into 2018 with the sustained impact of continuous — and growing — customer success on the Determine Cloud Platform. Thanks to our rapidly ballooning base of new customers across many varied industries, we’re in a great position to capitalize on our strategy and vision in the fiscal quarters ahead. “Impact” is the operative word for the coming year. We … More
Smart and collaborative platforms, unified interfaces, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: all these developments are forcing source-to-pay solution providers to regroup and adapt their technology offerings.
Considering the amount of negative press that’s generated about physical retail, it’s easy to get the impression that the epitaph is already written on the wall (engraved in brick and mortar by Amazon, according to most accounts). But it’s important to remember one fact: 80% – 90% of retail takes place in actual stores.
Having been in procurement for a while, I’ve seen a lot of changes take place over time. Procurement M&A — Mergers, acquisitions, rebrandings, etc. are the commercial equivalent of births, deaths, and weddings. They are the facts of life. That said, it is one thing to observe a change in the market, and it is another thing entirely to experience it firsthand.
If you search online for “agility and adaptability,” (or, like in our last blog, ask Alexa), chances are the links shown will be a menu of education, supply chain and leadership topics. Which works perfectly to summarize what we covered this month: Agility is the ability and willingness to learn from experience and apply that to perform successfully in new situations; Adaptability is to embrace change. We strive for both every day, and help our customers do the same.
There are three things that are required to thrive in our industry: 1) A solid vision, 2) Continuous product innovation, and 3) Customers who believe unreservedly that we deliver on those two. Without a doubt, #3 is the real key to success. By turning to us to help master their challenges, customers are placing an enormous amount of trust in us and our technology. That commitment is not lost on us, and is what forms the basis of our entire … More
[NOTE: Leading French retail group Monoprix deployed the Determine Cloud Platform earlier this year, in part to manage e-catalogs. As a major force in city-center shopping, with locations in over 250 cities in France through its six branded stores, Monoprix’s supplier catalog management requirements are vast, as you might imagine. Because of Determine’s deep expertise and experience in the retail industry vertical, they chose our modular, integrated Procurement solution for its flexibility, simplicity and ease of use.] Intuitive user interface, … More
A closer look at the PayStream Advisors 2017 Supplier Management Report and webinar. In a recent survey about current supplier management challenges, goals, and practices, PayStream Advisors asked procurement organizations what contributes to poor supplier relationships, and what their priorities are for improving the processes in place. Not surprisingly, access to accurate information was at the heart of both: As a source of supply chain challenges, and as a way to achieve a more strategic level of supplier management. Despite … More