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Saas / Cloud

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

Welcome b-pack!

As CEO of Selectica I am very excited about the opportunity to add industry-leader b-pack to our product portfolio, global market presence, and the amazing team of professionals we have working to serve our clients. It has long been our goal to expand our enterprise CLM and supply management solution to include downstream or purchase-to-pay solution as a part of our strategy. Enterprises, increasingly frustrated with the inefficiencies of managing a myriad of suppliers and disconnected information, are moving to … More

The Legend of Sourcing Hollow: The Headless CPO

The Headless Horsemen is one of the most famous paranormal figures from American literature. In celebration of Halloween today, I’ve decided to put a sourcing spin on this folk tale. Enjoy! One evening, a buyer was working late in the office of Sourcing Hollow. The air was cold and crisp. “The heater is probably going out again,” The Buyer said as he shivered and reached for his sweater. The Buyer was frantically flipping and searching through spreadsheets, supplier emails, and … More

Open Letter from IASTA on SAP/Ariba & Procurement Industry Changes

 Dear Procurement Colleagues, As many of you are aware, the Procurement applications industry experienced a tectonic shift last week on May 22, 2012 when SAP agreed to acquire Ariba. On behalf of IASTA, I congratulate Ariba and its shareholders on their well-earned, well-deserved success. Now I want to take a moment to address what I believe the acquisition means for you and the broader marketplace. While not entirely unexpected, the acquisition has ushered in extreme uncertainty within the sourcing practitioner … More

10 Ways to Drive Procurement Influence Using Advanced Technology: Part 2

In Part 1, I covered Spend Matter’s first idea to enhance procurement’s value to the business. Click here to read Part 1. The second idea to deliver new value to the business is to connect sourcing activity to contracts- implement savings faster and manage compliance. “Contact management is one of these things in the past five years that’s hung outside of procurement,” Busch said. “But we are seeing a newfound focus to use contract management to drive implemented savings.” Procurement … More