Category Archives: Procurement Transformation

Procurement Transformation

Finding the “Zen State” for the Modern CPO: Part 2

Last month, I hosted a roundtable discussion, “Finding the ‘Zen State’ for the modern CPO.” During the breakout session, I challenged thirteen procurement leaders to identify ways they can find a “state of harmony” in the dojo of the modern enterprise. In part 1 of my blog post, I shared the findings of the group’s top internal and external challenges the CPO is facing today. In part 2, I’ll be sharing how CPOs are applying innovation to their organizations for … More

3 Reasons Why We’re Excited to Attend Procurement Leaders Zurich Forum

Procurement Leaders Zurich Forum tickets purchased? Check! Plane tickets & hotel room booked? Check! Bags packed? Check! We’re ready to travel to the UK next week for Procurement Leaders Zurich Forum next week on October 15! This year’s theme is: Maximising Procurement Value Through Process Improvement and Innovation. We can’t wait to embrace this theme through engaging networking sessions, roundtable discussions, and inspiring keynote presentations. Below are three reasons why we’re excited to attend Procurement Leader’s Zurich Forum: 1-Gain inspiration … More

Getting Enterprise Contract Management Right: Join Iasta at IACCM

Iasta is kicking off October by prepping to attend the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM) on October 14-16 in Chicago. IACCM is the global forum for innovation in trading relationships and practices and is leading the way in responding to the demands of global networked markets. What’s On The Agenda? On Day 1, Selectica will host an executive boardroom session, “2015 Readiness: Contract and Commercial Management Trends & Transformation Discussion.” Patrick Stakenas and Bill DeMartino from Selectica … More

“The Power of Positive Thinking” for Procurement – Part 3 of 3

If you are just joining this series of posts on “The Power of Positive Thinking” for Procurement, you can read Parts 1 and 2 here and here. We have looked at the need to make meaningful change from within procurement professionals, and the importance of mindset discipline in the face of demanding stakeholders. In this post, we will conclude our series regarding Norman Vincent Peale’s inspirational bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking with rule number six from his “ten rules … More

“The Power of Positive Thinking” for Procurement – Part 2 of 3

If you are just joining this series of posts on “The Power of Positive Thinking” for Procurement, you can read Part 1 here. We started with a look at the need for procurement professionals to make a change from within in order to get a different external result. In this post, we will focus on rule five in Norman Vincent Peale’s “ten rules for taking the hard way out of your job” from the international bestseller The Power of Positive … 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

“The Power of Positive Thinking” for Procurement – Part 1 of 3

Since it was first published in 1952, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale has become an international bestseller, selling over 7 million copies in 15 different languages. Inspirational quotes from Peale are often found on calendars, greeting cards, and bookmarks, but it would be a mistake to dismiss them as platitudes. His philosophy applies to our professional as well as our personal lives. Peale emphasizes the need to find a balance between enjoying our work and having … More

Keeping the Procurement System Working Like a Well Oiled Machine

Procurement is more than the process of finding, contracting, buying, and paying for products and services. In an effort to do all of these things and more in a way that creates a sustained corporate competitive advantage, most procurement organizations have built up systems of initiatives, each of which offers some improvement to their performance or results. This system of loosely interconnected disciplines and solutions drives procurement’s efforts through the procure-to-pay process and beyond. Some of the most common procurement … More

4 Essential Capabilities for Procurement Success in 2020

How can you prepare your procurement team for 2020 and beyond? Deloitte helped answer this question in a paper about the future of the Procurement profession: Charting the Course: Why Procurement Must Transform Itself by 2020. The report takes a look at the dramatic shift that Deloitte foresees in the coming decade and shares how procurement teams will need to adapt in order to avoid falling behind the competition. In addition to covering risk elements and the importance of expanding … More

ISM Review: Transforming Data into Actionable Intelligence

It was an honor and a privilege to speak to the local ISM Chapter in Dallas in August. The house was packed with many familiar faces (and some new ones). Everyone made me feel very welcome with good Southern hospitality. In case you missed my last blog post or my presentation last month, I shared how data is the key to procurement transformation. Today, I’ll dive deeper into the topic of transforming data into actionable intelligence in supply management. Procurement … More

4 Change Management Tips for a Successful Procurement Transformation: Part 2

Welcome back! Just joining in? Check out Part 1 here. Today, I’ll review the final two factors I believe are crucial when launching a successful procurement transformation initiative. 3. Take it one day at a time. I must admit that taking a “one step at a time approach” is often my own biggest challenge when working through a change management initiative. A colleague of mine once reminded me that I “can’t eat an elephant all in one day.” Change management … More

Data: The Key to Procurement Transformation

What is the key to a successful procurement transformation today? The question could be answered in a variety of ways, but for me – it simply comes down to the data ownership and visibility. In just a few days, I’ll be speaking at an ISM Dallas meeting about how best-in-class procurement organizations are using data as the enabler of change and the communicator in the procurement lifecycle. Consider the power of having a single interface to analyze your spend, supplier … More

4 Change Management Tips for a Successful Procurement Transformation: Part 1

Change is constant. Change is a gradual and natural process that requires direction and planning to reach a specific end goal. While it oftentimes leads to positive outcomes, some changes can be difficult to implement and maintain. In this two-part series, I will discuss four change management tips for a successful procurement transformation. When it comes to a procurement transformation initiative, change management is a critical driver for success – there exists a problem to solve, and you have to … More

A New Procurement Calls for a New Kind of Purchasing Hero

Despite the challenging circumstances of today’s economic environment, you must embrace change in order to support shifting external environments and business strategies. At the same time, you look for opportunities to capitalize on disruptive changes in supply markets, which can drive greater value for your organization. You must become a purchasing hero. What is a purchasing hero? We believe a purchasing hero brings knowledge capital to multiple departments. They inspire collaboration and cross-coordinate with as many internal stakeholders as possible. … More

12 Symptoms That May Suggest a Procurement Transformation

Procurement transformation is often the greatest single driver of sustainable and implementable savings for companies. Yet these programs, by their very nature, often can disrupt aspects of business activity while changing procurement’s overall role and structure under the broader functional and enterprise umbrella. No company should enter a procurement transformation without realizing that such programs will nearly always result in: material turnover of key staff potential turf battles with line of business holders ongoing technology and process change the potential … More