Category Archives: Procurement Transformation

Procurement Transformation

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

e-Procurement Open Lab Conference: “Discovering the e-Procurement of tomorrow.”

At the Salon Solutions trade show in Paris on September 21, I shared with attendees Determine’s vision for the future of Procurement Information Systems. What follows is a summary of my key points. Procurement Solutions and Organizations, after some twenty years of development, are now reaching maturity. Even though implementation levels are different from one continent to another, it is still possible to consider what the future might hold. Procurement Solutions will bring three main areas of innovation to Procurement … More

Increasing Visibility to Build Understanding

Procurement needs to be familiar with their company’s spend and purchasing habits on a very detailed level. This requires a combination of spend analysis, contract reviews and stakeholder interviews. What they must remember, however, is that procurement does not just need to increase visibility for the sake of their own understanding, but rather to increase the understanding of all decision makers in the organization. This might include helping the CFO see past savings to appreciate the value of process improvements, … More

BPM and Procure-to-Pay: The engines driving the digitalization of the Procurement—Finance relationship

At the Salon Solutions trade show in Paris on September 21, a Round Table event was held on the topic of BPM (Business Process Management). I was invited along with a number of other experts to present my views on the topic of “How to deploy BPM: a powerful engine driving enterprise digitalization.” Here are some of my thoughts from that discussion: Optimizing processes to improve business performance may not be a new idea in and of itself, but BPM … More

The future of procurement—powerful and seamless—now served on a platform.

Featured Resource: Procurement, platforms and the future. In the beginning, there were point solutions. Solved a lot of spreadsheet headaches (data misentry, anyone?), but had their own challenges. Enter the solution suite — digitized processes, integrated modules, standardization — and end-to-end automation. Perfect. Almost. As procurement organizations continue to move up the maturity curve, shortcomings in the solution suite model become increasingly apparent. The ability to extract and leverage all data across an enterprise is how procurement will find new … More

The Procurement Revolution: You in?

Digitization, data, disruption, agility. Procurement is emerging more and more as the driving force behind organizational profitability in enterprises worldwide. From implementing process improvements to re-engineering supplier management structures, procurement has become a center of change because it has learned to adapt, embrace and accelerate with every new development in technology. But there’s always room for improvement. In my presentation with The Procurement Revolution called Six Disruptive Forces & their Impact on Procurement, I am going to be looking at some … More

What Do Procurement Organizations Need Most? Answer: Agility & Flexibility

One idea that has not changed, nor will ever change for procurement, is the importance of managing cost. In fact, procurement’s raison d’être, headed by the Chief Procurement Officer or other procurement executive, is and always will be focused on controlling cost; but it increasingly requires the adaptability to adjust to the world around it.

Deciphering the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for P2P

Determine scored No. 1 for out-of-the-box P2P functionality for projects* A recent article in the French procurement magazine, Décision Achat, suggests a closer analysis of the situation in the world market for Procure-to-Pay software companies, such as the one conducted by the global analyst firm—Gartner. Here are some facts brought to light by the Gartner analysis that should catch your attention: About the P2P market. The Procure-to-Pay market generates about $4 billion annually with a growth rate of more than … More

Getting up to speed with all things Determine

With Memorial Day just around the corner, we honor all those who have served our country as we race into summer. The Indianapolis 500 is also gearing up; those of you who visited ISM 2016 saw how we got a jumpstart on that event with our racing-themed booth (see the pictures below!) It was great to see everyone who stopped by, and for those of you who couldn’t make it we look forward to catching up with you soon. Speaking … More

The hijacking of Lean Management or management’s flight from complexity?

“Lean production is a work organization model that favors the development of proactive, competent employees who are prepared and motivated to think and suggest improvements.” — Philippe Hidden behind the magical power of measurement quantified using intrinsically false data, Management is finding itself unable to deliver performance in a complex world within ever more complex organizations. Didn’t Lean Management provide the keys to performance? In the 1990s, didn’t the complexity sciences largely contribute to the revival of the practice of … More

5 Benefits of Punchout Catalogs

What is Punchout? It is a way to connect directly to the supplier’s catalog from an application such as procurement systems and purchase to pay software. Via this protocol, buyers can order from within their purchasing system with a direct access to negotiated catalogs via the web. I recently conducted a survey with our customers regarding the purchasing process trends and I discovered an increasing part of our clients use punchout catalogs (31%). By being compatible with OCI and cXML … More

The Procurement Maturity Curve – Collaboration is value creation – Part 4

In this series of posts, we have looked at how procurement can progress from meeting the fundamental requirement for savings and ensure their continuation through process compliance. We have also considered the potential associated with a shift from an outward-in focus to one that is externally driven, allowing us to position the enterprise to take advantage of the best available options as well as to minimize the risks associated with them. Although this progression tracks an expanding perspective and set … More

A tale of two Visionaries

Determine companies b-pack and Iasta both designated “VISIONARY” in the GARTNER 2015 Magic Quadrant for Procure-to-Pay Suites for Indirect Procurement* and 2015 Magic Quadrant for Strategic Sourcing Suites. When Determine set out to establish an industry-leading platform for source to pay, we sought the very best talents to deliver on innovations, to set new standards. We started at the top with b-pack, a “Visionary” in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Procure-to-Pay Suites for Indirect Procurement*, and Iasta, rated “Visionary” in … More

The Procurement Maturity Curve — Managing Risk inside and out – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series we looked at how procurement can improve its risk mitigation role by getting involved earlier in the process, and staying involved. In Part 2 we’re going to compare and contrast the internal/external sources of risk, along with how to keep it in check. Look at risk from the outside in. When procurement looks at each category of spend as being directly influenced by materials markets and varying levels of influence in the supply chain, … More