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Saas / Cloud

Two Sides of Hired Services Procurement: Opportunity and a Word of Caution

In this series, I am sharing some of the lessons I learned as a procurement professional dedicated to hired services — both location based and corporate. In Part 2, I discussed the process of establishing demand and requirements, as well as the eSourcing considerations associated with each type of service. In this post, I want to share some of the additional opportunities associated with hired services, along with the areas where procurement should proceed with extreme caution. After all, services … More

Two Sides of Hired Services Procurement

I recently wrote about the differences between product and service procurement: from demand to specifications, and technology to relationship management. But as I pointed out at the end of the post, the idea that “services procurement” is one thing vastly oversimplifies this broad category. Perhaps that is part of what causes product specialists to shy away from services procurement.

UI/UX is also about brokering the proper handoff from one process to the next.

In Parts One and Two of this series, much of what we look at is about making it easier for users through process automation and integration — making the experience almost seamless behind the scenes. In this final chapter, while we address process automation and integration, we identify how the brokering of process from one step to the next is essential, especially when stakeholders are expecting to see the transition as part of the process.

When UI/UX demands a branded feature/functionality: Making branded e-Signature technology awareness seamless. Part 2 of 3.

In the Intro and Part One of this series, we touched on why UI/UX is becoming increasingly important across source-to-pay technology (ease of use, user adoption, millennials). We also explored the behind-the-scenes aspects that define a truly standout UI/UX, as opposed to “just a pretty interface.” In Part Two we look at when technology becomes so seamless and works so well, you forget it’s there.

Empowering procurement through Platformance: Part 4 of 4

A look at CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade Chapters One, Two and Three of CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade covered a lot of ground, from the current state of procurement to the CPO mindset and what best-in-class organizations are doing differently. Chapter Four – Strategies for Success, the final chapter of the report, gives you hard and fast advice and strategies for taking your procurement organization to the next level, and beyond. Take notes.

Empowering procurement through Platformance: Part 3 of 4

A look at CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade In Chapters One and Two of CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade, we looked at the current states of the CPO and procurement as a whole — what leaders are thinking and doing, and why. Chapter Three – Procurement Performance – delves into those strategies in more detail, offering up best-practice benchmarks for technology, processes and performance from leading CPOs and organizations worldwide.

Empowering procurement through Platformance: Part 2 of 4

A look at CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade In my previous post, Chapter One of CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade, we looked at the current state of the CPO and procurement leaders, the shifting priorities they have and the strategies they’re using – or plan to use – to achieve them. This time, Chapter Two looks more broadly at the state of procurement as a whole – where it is, where it needs to be and what … More

The benefit of UI/UX is not always what you see and feel, but what you don’t.

As my colleague Mike Mitchell pointed out in a previous blog, there is a lot of talk about the notion of user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) lately. Where enterprise business technology is concerned, source-to-pay technology in particular, this quest for improving the UI/UX today is often considered only in the context of what we can see and feel. I even wrote an entire blog series about this as it related to Google’s influence of material design on our … More

For ManTech, federal contracts require mission critical contract management.

When it comes to contract management, all businesses face similar needs and challenges, from redlining to attachment management, tracking, clause libraries, etc. But for federal contractors – especially those working in technology for public sector agencies like the Department of Defense and the intelligence community – managing contractual relationships and the documents themselves leaves no room for error.

Living “In the Age of the Platform”

Every so often my wife and I start binge watching a new series in the age of on demand. The latest show we started is called The Wire on HBO. An acclaimed crime drama series that takes place in the gritty urban inner-city streets of Baltimore, I immediately came to recognize that it’s set in a time before the advent of smartphones, where in an early episode street gang members were seen pawning the latest Nokia 3310 series phone.

The Accelerating Rise of Cloud Platforms

A recent stat quoted in a CPO Rising guide titled “The Trends (and Benefits) of Cloud-Based Technology Adoption: CPOs Take Notice” is telling: cloud platform adoption has grown by 37.5% over the past few years, up over 14% between 2014 and 2015 alone. “Chief Procurement Officers love ‘going to the cloud’ because it allows them to focus on what is most important to them: automating and repeating processes, scaling resources, and driving greater value through greater volume.” — CPO Rising Procurement … More

You don’t trust the Cloud? Think again…

Gartner has the data: more than 90% of 2015’s deals were for cloud-delivered solutions and suites.* Conversations about cloud/SaaS computing always seem to circle back to security. Yet the fact is that most of us are already in the cloud. So many services are hybridized that it’s almost impossible to delineate where the cloud starts and on-premise leaves off. Not surprisingly, the benefits of cloud computing are driving widespread adoption. While the pervasiveness of cloud computing is disruptive, it is … More

Understanding the Dynamics of Cloud Computing for Procurement in 2016

In a recent Determine webinar I had the chance to talk about procurement trends and the cloud with Mihir Nanavati, SVP of Product at Tradeshift, and Julien Nadaud, Determine’s Chief Product Officer. Considering the two areas, which are changing rapidly and having an enormous impact on each other, it was enlightening to hear what these two experts had to say. Top of the mind, especially for procurement, is to understand the factors around the growth in cloud computing. We discussed … More

Evolution of the Cloud and its impact on Procurement

Talking about cloud computing today has become commonplace as cloud-based technologies play a more critical role in business.  But much like other technological innovations, one thing leads to another, with each iteration building on its predecessor. Consider the evolution of the power grid, of telecommunications, of the personal computer, or of the Internet. Based on the advances of technology leaders like Amazon, Google and Salesforce. Today, most of us in the IT industry understand that it is the evolving technology … More

“e pluribus unum”

While I’m certainly not one for unbridled patriotism, I’ve always had a soft spot for the motto “e pluribus unum.” It could be that it takes me back to my days of high school Latin but that does not fully account for the sentimental impact of the words. The translation, like most from Latin, allows for a bit of nuanced interpretation. The range of translations typically include “One out of many” or “One from many,” and the one favored in … More