The evolution of the legal profession: From legal expert to business partner— A French Perspective

Business is evolving in a volatile legal context: regulations are changing and becoming tougher. The notion of “conformity” and “compliance” have never been so prevalent. During the 7th annual Journée du Management Juridique (Legal Management Day) in Paris this past June, Mr. Philippe Ginestié evoked a time when a supplier’s word and handshake were enough to constitute a contract. But that time has passed.

Ensuring Budget Alignment with Enterprise Objectives

As we enter Q3, many companies are beginning next year’s  budget setting process. Establishing a new budget creates opportunities for big thinking, goal setting, forecasting and growth planning. In order to secure approval, however, each budget owner must demonstrate budget alignment between their funding requests and overall enterprise objectives.

August DetermiNews: The month in source to pay and contract management

We started off the summer talking a lot about organizational transformation, digital and otherwise. It quickly became apparent that one of the easiest paths to achieving that transformation, regardless of how far along you are, is by aligning your people, processes and data across your enterprise. Or, what we call Process Under Management.

P2P Synchronicity: Integrating purchasing and payables.

Integrated, unified, combined; Determine devotes a lot of real estate in our content and resources to the topic of getting everyone on the same page. Our Process Under Management approach is all about aligning your people, processes and data to maximize visibility and control of business information so you can achieve greater results. Integrating Purchasing and Payables, a Determine-sponsored PayStream report, presents more compelling facts around why you need to get P2P processes in sync.

Contract Management: Visibility empowers decisions.

At approximately 175,496 pages (as of 2013), the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is not a casual beach read. So, until recently, I had never heard of Section 317.8(5)(ii) of title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations. But I have experienced the impact of that rule first hand on many occasions. Specifically, in the bacon aisle of the supermarket.

Contract Management: From business controller to business enabler.

The podcast series that’s all about minding your business in contract management and source to pay. Our archaic and medieval methods of constructing and drafting contracts are really a massive degradation to the potential for better trust, better communication.” – Tim Cummins, President & CEO of IACCM This quote from Tim Cummins, President & CEO of IACCM (International Association for Contract & Commercial Management), is a powerful indictment of the whole practice of contract management today. But as he also … More

It’s your decision. Or is it?

Back in the day I did some work for a wealth management firm in New York. At that time, I was introduced to the area of Behavioral Finance, and more broadly, behavioral economics. While not new concepts, they gained new relevance – and urgency – during the financial meltdown 10 years ago. As my client used to say, investors are often their own worst enemies. In times of stress, even the most solidly constructed investment portfolio can be undermined through … More

Budget Management: From procurement savings to bottom-line impact.

During my family summer holiday trip to San Diego I was confronted with the notion of budget management front and center. To get around during our trip, I rented a mid-sized sedan, but upon arriving at the rental car center I soon realized we had an extra piece of luggage that would not fit in the car. The rental car agent gave me the option of either upgrading to a luxury SUV, which would double the cost of the rental, … More

Rise of the Millennial VP

It seems like we’ve been talking for years about the impact that Millennial employees “are going to have” in the workplace. While we were discussing and theorizing, they have been learning, building, growing and working their way up the org chart. According to Wikipedia, the Millennial generation includes people born from the early 1980s through the mid 1990s and early 2000s. If we assume a birth year window of 1982-2002, the oldest millennials are turning 35 this year.

UIX Redux: Ease of use drives the user experience.

A number of years ago when my niece first got her driver’s license, my brother-in-law got a panicked called from her in tears. In a shaky voice she said, “I pulled into a gas station next to the pump to fill up…now what do I do?” I remembered this story recently when I spent some time in rural France. Having rented a car, I knew eventually I was going to need gas. Not speaking much French, it was something I … More

How startups grow by going old school.

As the Vice President of Sales at Determine, I have the opportunity to visit great organizations in many different industries and countries. Often, they present challenges. I always try to not only understand the problem being presented but, more importantly, pinpoint the core issue at the root of the discussion. It’s something I find personally rewarding, and am always looking for patterns and relationships between issues in order to create common solutions. Sometimes I discover a nugget that stops me … More

July DetermiNews: The month in source to pay and contract management

As summer races by it’s easy to lose track of what’s happening in source to pay industry news (plus, it’s hard to compete with beach-reading lists). But a lot has happened since Services Procurement Month ended, and you can catch up on what you missed here. So far, it’s been the Summer of Transformation. From the CPO Summit in London to P2P digitalization, continuous improvement, implementation strategies and technology shopping lists, our focus has been on helping organizations reach the … More

Making the Case for Procurement Technology “Upgrades”

In Part 1 of this series I wrote about making a business case to bring in new procurement technology. All organizations have handled first-time implementations of some sort – whether they are switching to a full platform or adding a new piece of functionality to a system already in place. The thing about new technology implementations is that, after all the effort invested in vetting prospective solutions, executive teams generally accept the notion that having technology in place is better … More

Solution implementation: The science and art of deployment.

The podcast series that’s all about minding your business in contract management and source to pay. Global project implementation. Just the idea is enough to keep even the most hardened source-to-pay or IT professional awake at night. But it doesn’t have to be the case. Planning, strategizing, having a realistic change management plan in place and close collaboration at every stage between customer and technology provider will make the difference between up-and-running and up-at-night. I dove into this topic in … More

So, You’ve Decided to Add New Procurement Technology

Although procurement technology is nothing new, there are first-time implementations going on all the time. Whether you are introducing the company’s first full end-to-end platform or adding a new area of functionality to an existing platform (i.e., contract management, supplier information management), preparing a solid business case will help win over decision makers and improve the selection process. Articulating your POV can be the difference between getting the green light to go ahead and more discussion and justification.