Category Archives: Technology


Improving Insights Into Third-Party Risk (Series 1 of 4)

Introduction to SIM & CLM: Why supplier risk isn’t just a Fortune 100 company issue. The responsibility for managing suppliers and supplier contracts has taken on a heightened level of interest and concern in recent years. Highly regulated industries including finance, healthcare and food services, are forced to re-evaluate how supplier information is collected and how contracts are managed. With fines that can be in the millions, the potential of being audited and penalized due to non-compliance is real.

On the Curve of Innovation — Part 3: Enabling Collaboration & Self-Service

Making your organization run efficiently requires that you are able to take a clear and honest look at your workflows as they were designed. With the right enterprise technology, you not only can do this, but can also easily collaborate and communicate the business process you intended for those workflows, while enabling self-service capabilities to meet the demands of a wide variety of users. In this regard, consider the number of various user types involved with contract management, where workflow … More

Finance CFO Introduction (Series 1 of 5)

When you’re a CFO – no matter what company you happen to work for – it’s hard not to take a straight line finance perspective. As the CFO of Determine, I’m constantly faced with the challenge of balancing the requirements of finance and accounting with the needs of procurement and legal. After all, they are our customers too. I followed the recent series of blog posts by Kelly Barner that Determine ran on procurement maturity. It is interesting how clear your own viewpoint becomes … More

ePayments: an idea that continues to evolve

In the context of payment, the concept of “the check” was conceived by Dutch traders in the early 1500s. The check became a way of banking through clearing houses and a safer alternative to keeping money at home. Today, 500 years later, check payments continue as an accepted form of monetary transactions. However, the idea of making payments “digitally” continues to intrigue and influence the goals of accounts payable organizations. The sheer scale of transactions has created a need for alternatives … 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

Dashboards are to Big Data what Minitel is to the internet.

  How to transition from data that meets a need, to data that brings to light a fact and an action? In a short and incisive forum on the excellent Decideo, Abed Ajraou, Data & Insights Director at First Utility, does not mince his words. Many decision-makers only understand Business Intelligence to be intelligence derived from dashboards and reporting. Now, Big Data must allow a revival of business economics. Big Data is a question of survival. Reporting a photo of … More

Success Story: Contract Management

Large staffing organization in the U.S. provides a comprehensive range of HR services to their clients. They offer temporary, temporary to hire, direct hire and outsourced placement services for local and global customers and fulfill all aspects of commercial and professional staffing. Understanding Contract Risk In an assessment conducted in early 2014 that focused on six different work streams with contract liability risks, the company wanted to know if they had solid procedures in place to mitigate the risks. The … More

Four Pillars of DIY Contract Management

In this day and age of business apps and mobility, technology is driven by the do-it-yourself approach or DIY.  Consumer-side technologies and personal experiences support the notion that today it has become easier to manage and execute contracts than ever before. I experienced this in the past few weeks with two real estate deals, where I became both a buyer and seller of a property on the same day.  Based on these events I had an initial flurry of emails … More

Success Story: U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention

Not a household name for most people, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines and food ingredients manufactured, distributed, and consumed worldwide. In fact, USPs drug standards are enforced in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration and used in more than 140 countries. Addressing the Contract Problem While USP was familiar with setting standards for food and medicines, it needed help internally … 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 1

In the past, we’ve taken a close look at how procurement’s maturity curve affects its focus. Two recent posts addressed issues concerning the evolving role of procurement savings, compliance and enterprise alignment. In this blog series, we’ll consider risk. First, we look at supplier risk and methods to monitor and mitigate it; then we’ll examine internal vs. external risk sources. Procurement: Sourcing risk mitigation. After procurement has dealt with the primary internal spend management needs of the enterprise —savings generation … More

Spend Category Management: What is it, and why is it so valuable?

Category Management is extremely valuable to organizations that conduct sourcing initiatives. This is especially true if they want to capture key knowledge around a specific sourcing category integrated within the corresponding organizational spend. This allows for ongoing category-specific measurements, such as rebate programs and Diversity Spend relative to specific items. It’s also essential for managing the overall status of the sourcing program to continually capture the intended cost savings. Our Determine Strategic Sourcing solutions integrate Category Management and Spend Analysis … More

Tapping into the full value of contract management tools.

How much should procurement really care about contract management? A lot. More and more, procurement is being asked to improve supplier relationships and reduce supply chain risk. According to research by Spend Matters, procurement should be analyzing contracts during negotiation to increase successful agreement and execution, and predict disputes before they occur. We agree. Reporting on contract information is critical for mitigating risk, maintaining compliance and realizing savings. Contracts and the data they contain are valuable. But too often they … More

The Modern General Counsel – Part 3

Introduction: Post #1 & #2 of this series looked at how General Counsel is (and may always be) linked to risk. But the role – and influence – of General Counsel has expanded. Technology and data are helping legal teams add value to an enterprise. Going beyond risk and compliance to support the bottom line. This article is about increasing their effectiveness – and clout – with contract management tools. Beyond risk: How Determine CLM turns contracts into strategic business … More

Source to pay and enterprise contract management tech trends—Smarter, agile and more sociable.

Technology is pervasive in our everyday life – it’s smart, fast, intuitive and everywhere. Business technologies, on the other hand, are only now starting to catch up. Today, procurement leaders are taking advantage of technical innovations that share some of the best aspects of social, commercial and B2C platforms – and are achieving impressive results. Several procurement technology trends exemplify this exciting shift in the industry. In particular are user expectations for: Smart tools: Expectations for explicit insights drawn from … More