Category Archives: Sourcing Best Practices

Sourcing Best Practices

Buying turkey doesn’t have to be like rocket science!

One irony that historians note is that turkey was most likely not eaten on the first Thanksgiving. But tradition is what it is, and turkey is on the menu today. With that being said, there is a lot of turkey to be had this year. Let’s start with some numbers: According to the NTF (for the non-turkey experts, this is the National Turkey Federation), 228 million turkeys will be raised in the U.S. in 2015. As everyone probably knows, the … More

Optimizing Strategic Sourcing Efforts – Insight From Research: Part 1

  Strategic sourcing suites are widely used by many in procurement today. Recent research from Gartner notes that majorities of large U.S. and Western European-based companies have invested in one, and rarely buy an e-sourcing application by itself anymore. As a technology, eSourcing has been around for over a decade. But to enhance functionality beyond RFx and reverse auctions, most purchases of strategic sourcing today also include integrated spend analysis, contract lifecycle management and/or supply management solutions. Moreover, as a … More

How a Contract Management System helps the Strategic Sourcing process:

How a Contract Management System helps the Strategic Sourcing process: Many procurement professionals deploy eProcurement tools for the RFx functionality. They’re often thinking about streamlining their sourcing process, standardizing response formats to facilitate rapid analysis and improve record keeping. There’s another benefit, though, and that’s the contracts management capability that often comes as part of the package. Contract management tools should not be overlooked; they provide the kinds of value that CFOs and internal audit groups appreciate. Some examples: Automated … More

Determine is Bringing Innovation Through Experience & Modernity – Series 3

To understand the trend in technology and how Determine is addressing it is by looking at this from the persona of the company. Organizations want to be smarter by being able to collaborate in new ways using a common platform approach. Taking this concept as part of adopting solutions is something Forrester Research has looked at around the concept of a smart process applications. According to Forrester, what defines a smart process application is the ability to: Import or embed … More

Determine is Bringing Innovation Through Experience & Modernity – Series 2

With the release of the new name, Determine demonstrates that our unity is not just marketing. The strength of the Determine platform is based on experience and forward thinking design. In fact our differentiators could be thought of as two pillars, where the first pillar is depth of our capability based on experience in design. Our depth of experience in strategic sourcing means that our sourcing solution has executed 100,000s of auctions and RFx projects. It means that the technology … More

Meet Determine, Inc. – formerly Selectica, Inc.

Today, we’re very excited to unveil not just a new brand identity and a name, but a brand-new company. Determine, Inc.™ is the result of years of work and planning by many people sharing a singular view about how to best position ourselves and shape the company for the future. Now we’re ready for it, and I couldn’t be more proud. As CEO of Determine, this transformation is one of the defining moments of my career. It has long been … More

Determine is Bringing Innovation Through Experience & Modernity

Businesses today need to address the rising importance of innovation. This applies not just to products, but to innovation in supply chains and business models, which are much harder to copy and to influence change. Moreover, the idea of an open innovation model is providing a basis for how technology should function and behave in the future. Taking the best of what can be provided internally, then leveraging and collaborating what’s being provided by others, creates a unity in ideas … More

Still in the dark ages?

It’s time to face the music; your outdated processes and technologies are killing your business. Successful businesses of the future must adopt and embrace change. For years now, as an analyst or consultant and a managing operator, I have been a catalyst for change within organizations. Today, cloud computing and certainly mobile and big data are changing the future of business. But more than that, the digital revolution has led to a wave of connected technologies and a culture of … More

eSourcing – what does it take in the modern economy?

Sourcing technology over the years has come a long way. While its beginnings initially focused primarily on auctions and RFx, today strategic sourcing efforts can provide a much more comprehensive and integrated view of the supply base. What can be attributed to this development over the past decade is the change in the endgame for procurement, and how procurement views its role in the proverbial organization. Don’t get me wrong, managing cost is, and continues to be, the motivating factor … More

Getting to Insight (Part 3 of 5)

This is the third in a five-part series discussing the obstacles and potential paths forward to achieve visibility — essential to any Procurement organization. The series was initiated based upon the following Ardent paper – HERE.  In the first and second installments the need for procurement visibility starting with Spend Analysis was discussed. Let’s dive right in and examine the second key area or leading indicator of procurement success as outlined by Ardent: Savings. Savings Congratulations are in order if … More

eSourcing vs. eProcurement: What are the differences?

Sourcing and procurement are often used as interchangeable terms, and indeed they are related ideas in supply management. However, they’re not quite the same, and neither are eSourcing and eProcurement. But what exactly are the differences? Let’s start with their definitions. Preceding the actual purchase of goods and services, sourcing facilitates the full life cycle of procurement by analyzing how a company spends their money on those assets. This includes identifying and selecting opportunities to reduce spend using knowledge of … More

Getting to Insight (Part 2 of 5)

This is the second installment in a five-part series discussing the obstacles and potential paths forward to achieve visibility – essential to any Procurement organization. The article was initiated based upon the following Ardent paper – HERE. In the first installment I discussed the overall drive for procurement visibility. In this installment, we’ll discuss the first of the three key areas of procurement visibility: Spend. Spend Having been a long-term evangelist for spend visibility programs, it continues to puzzle me … More

Why Your RFPs Aren’t Getting Responses – and How to Fix Them

Nearly everyone in the business world has worked on an RFP in some way, whether by helping to put one together or by responding to one. Either way, it can be a source of frustration. Why is that? A recent Spend Matters paper, which you can download for free here, outlines the issues with the RFP process specifically as they affect software providers, but it could really apply to RFPs in any competitive, fast-growing field. The best suppliers in the … More

Why your Board is Thinking About Innovative Processes, Strategies & Technologies

In the past, we’ve seen innovation as the critical ingredient for creating and sustaining company growth. Now, leading executives are asking for innovative new frameworks and processes for designing higher value business models on which to build their enterprise. Many, however, still struggle with day-to-day operational function and count on their vendors to provide innovative solutions. Today the responsibilities of the CPO are even greater. There’s more pressure and expectation for procurement to cut cost and realize every contractual savings. … More

How Integrated Analytics Solves Problems with SIM

In the past, Supplier Information Management (SIM) systems have focused on, well, managing supplier information. They kept everything in one place and made supplier data available to those who needed it. But that’s essentially where it ended. And that old SIM method is no longer enough. Sourcing is increasingly complex, forced to satisfy a growing number of regulations and strict compliance requirements, in addition to constant directives from executives to trim waste wherever possible. As a recent Spend Matters™ paper points … More