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A Prosperous Alliance: Procurement and Accounts Payable

I will never forget the first time I set foot in an Accounts Payable department. I was working as the lead consultant on a project to completely transform and rebuild a company’s procurement function. Everything was going exceptionally well: processes, reporting, technology implementation, and upskilling the current team. The CPO mentioned to me that I should stop in and introduce myself to the AP lead before the project moved much further forward. I dutifully did so – although when I … More

Bricks to Clicks — the impact on the supply chain

Legal, procurement, supply chain—oh my! Visiting some retail clients during the holidays, I was struck by the impact of the accelerated shift from “bricks to clicks” on procurement, supply chain and legal. It’s no secret that recent holiday shopping sales showed a continuing significant shift to online buying habits. Actual physical toy retailers are nearly nonexistent, mobile phone retailers are all online, booking holidays is a 100% online pursuit, banking, grocery and now urgent purchases are easily accessible for online … More

Sometimes a “Platform” is just a platform

A closer look: This past week I had the opportunity to be the first guest on Determine’s new podcast series, “Determine OutLoud,” hosted by Constantine Limberakis. If you missed it – listen here – the fast-paced conversation was far more fun than talking about procurement is supposed to be.

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

Procure to Pay: Best practices in six key points

Salon Solutions is always an exciting event, and a great chance to hear the latest buzz and get a feel for what’s going on in our industry. As Senior Solutions Strategist for Determine in France, I am pleased to say that this three-day show in Paris was hugely successful in terms of attracting attendees to our booth and engaging them on a personal level. What’s more, speaking at various events was a chance to share our vision and technology around Procure-to-Pay … More

November Determinews: Giving thanks as we look back and accelerate forward.

As we head for another calendar turn, I’d like to thank you, our customers, for being the driving force behind making our solutions ever better as we fully implement our Cloud Platform. The best is yet to come – stay tuned as our global team sets the bar even higher in the year ahead. Get a taste in the following resources. As always, please feel free to contact me with any comments atteam.success@determine.com. Determine Cloud Platform on cloud 9 Our … More

Investing in Corporate Governance to Ensure Compliance

Governance and compliance are terms that are often used interchangeably to describe the “law and order” part of procurement’s responsibilities. That being said, they are not quite the same thing. Governance captures the rules in place regarding purchasing and spend management, while compliance is the adherence to (and/or enforcement of) those rules. In a perfect world, governance is what you do and compliance is what you get in return. Historically, most organizations have predominantly focused on compliance. This may be due … More

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

Reducing the Cost of Physician Self-Referrals with Better Compliance: What SIM & CLM Offer Healthcare Providers in Managing Stark Law Physicians have been abiding by a code of ethics since antiquity. Next time you go to your doctor’s office look around and you may see the Hippocratic Oath hanging on a wall. Considered a rite of passage written by Hippocrates of Kos in the 5th century BCE, the oath requires a new physician to swear to uphold specific ethical standards. … More

Time for legal to soar into the Cloud (Series 2 of 3)

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at some of the reasons every legal team needs to adopt cloud-based legal solutions. In Part 2, you’ll discover why you need to know exactly who your suppliers are and what they’re up to–and the risks they represent. What happens in Bangladesh matters in Arkansas A little more than three years ago, a shoddily constructed eight-story building located across the world in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people and injuring at … More

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