The New (Old) Battleground: Marketing vs Procurement

“If you had marketers on boards they could put procurement back in their box, which is where procurement really belongs.” I’ll let that statement sink in for a minute… … That bold piece of verbiage came from by Mat Baxter, chief executive of media agency UM, at the Publish conference in Sydney, Australia last week. He was part of a panel discussion talking about the process of selecting media agencies and the relationship that exists between media buyers, publishers and … More

The Future of CLM in 2015

Recently, Selectica hosted a webinar – now on-demand — titled, Creating Strategic Value from Contract Management. Guest presenter Andrew Bartels, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, Inc. and Patrick Stakenas, Chief Strategy Officer at Selectica had an interesting discussion on the current landscape of CLM. Andrew shared the findings of his recent report and painted the picture of a complicated landscape of solutions in CLM that shows how technology continues to be placed in buckets of functionality, including buy-side, … More

4 Things Procurement Should be Thankful for This Season

As we approach the holiday season, our schedules can become busy and chaotic. It’s easy to get bogged down and forget the true meaning of why we celebrate Thanksgiving. So, in order to energize our hearts and minds, grab some coffee (lots and lots of coffee!) and start counting your blessings! I’ve put together a list of things a procurement pro should be thankful for this holiday season. 1-Technology: Innovative technology helps you overcome the challenges of modern sourcing- making … More

Pushing Sourcing Strategies into Contracts

In the world of Strategic Supply Management, everyone knows that the ROI of strategic sourcing initiatives is only as good as the resulting contracts and the contract compliance in purchasing. Last week, I attended a Selectica webinar — now on demand — titled, “Creating Strategic Value from Contract Management.” Guest speaker Andrew Bartels, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, Inc. discussed the importance of choosing an enterprise Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution that is cross-process, not process-based. He … More

How Much Are Your Contracts Worth?

How much value is your business gaining from your contracts? If a procurement executive asked you what a given contract was worth, you would likely give an answer based on estimated spend value as a result of projected volume, negotiated costs, and term. While this is accurate, it is also a limiting perspective that places more emphasis on the transactional footprint of the contract than what it means to the company’s operations. Patrick Stakenas, Chief Strategy Officer of Selectica, recently … More

Contracts Go Enterprise: Increase Strategic Value of Procurement with ECLM

What can Enterprise Contract Lifecycle Management do for you? We’re glad you asked – and we’re excited to answer that question in Selectica’s upcoming webinar with guest presenter Andrew Bartels from Forrester Research Inc. Now, we realize that relative to other procurement responsibilities and activities, contract lifecycle management (CLM) may not consume much of your day. You have pressures from your executive team to reduce costs. You are being told to provide powerful analytics that share valuable insights into future … More

Communication Key to Driving Value Out of SME Suppliers

There is no denying the value that small and minority-owned suppliers offer to businesses, but securing that value has proved to be trickier for procurement. Small and medium-sized suppliers, and in particular those owned by minority groups, are more innovative and more responsive than their larger counterparts tend to be. For their customers and the procurement teams they work with this means they can benefit from them being more nimble, able to respond quickly to the changing needs of the … More

3 Points for Procurement to Consider as a Modern Organization

How can procurement define itself as a modern procurement organization? Recently at Iasta reSource 2014 in Indianapolis, Selectica’s Erick Mott had the opportunity to interview Marc Hochman of A.T. Kearney about his session on Supply Team 2020. During the interview, Marc shared three key takeaways for procurement teams to consider as a modern organization: Procurement has a huge opportunity to deliver value to their organization. Procurement needs to collaborate and use the same “language” as our colleagues in Finance and … More

Procurement Goes Back to Kindergarten for a Lesson in Relationships

As kids enter Kindergarten, one of the basic lessons we teach them is learning how to play well with other children. Almost any kindergartner will tell you, “If you play nice with others, they will play nice with you.” But as adults, it seems as though we’ve forgotten this basic lesson we teach children – especially in the daily routine of our working relationships. Procurement is no exception. For instance, from a procurement perspective, it has often been argued that … More

7 Scary Moments When Building Sourcing Projects

Imagine this: It’s Halloween night and you’ve just committed to complete a sourcing project with a tight deadline. You must stay late at the office in order to complete the project in time. Everyone has left for the day and you’re all alone. Suddenly, the lights flicker. You hear a creek at the door and then footsteps in the distance… Are your palms sweaty? Is your heart racing? Unfortunately, I can’t help you avoid that scary situation. Although, I’d recommend … More

3 Ways to Get Your Procurement Mojo Back

I recently read a blog post from MyPurchasingCenter.com titled, Procurement Missing Out on Empowering Opportunities. The article reviewed a new book that discusses what’s holding so many procurement organizations back from realizing their full potential. In the book titled, Procurement Mojo: Strengthening the Function and Raising Its Profile, Sigi Osagie describes the kind of “mojo” procurement professionals need to be more effective and successful on the job. To summarize, Osagie describes Procurement Mojo in a series of 5 steps: Build … More

Finding the “Zen State” for the Modern CPO: Part 2

Last month, I hosted a roundtable discussion, “Finding the ‘Zen State’ for the modern CPO.” During the breakout session, I challenged thirteen procurement leaders to identify ways they can find a “state of harmony” in the dojo of the modern enterprise. In part 1 of my blog post, I shared the findings of the group’s top internal and external challenges the CPO is facing today. In part 2, I’ll be sharing how CPOs are applying innovation to their organizations for … More

5 Executive Approaches for Enterprise Contract Management

I’ll never forget the first time I learned about marketing automation (MAS) tools. I quickly realized having access to an MAS tool would make my life and job a thousand times easier. And once I saw a demo of the tool, I was ready to do whatever it took to sell the solution internally. Now, I know what you’re thinking, what does marketing software have to do with contract management software? Well, not a lot in terms of functionality. However, … More

4 Tips to Deliver Winning Results in Procurement

October is considered one of the “favorite months” in my house. It brings fall weather, pumpkin-flavored everything, and football! And now that football season is in full swing, I can’t help but think about the parallels between procurement pros and pro football players. Being a procurement pro is hard work. Procurement is constantly changing- new technologies are popping up, and you’re always asked to do more with less and increase procurement’s value. Similarly, the life of a pro football player … More

5 Critical Mistakes Sourcing Managers Make

There is no denying the power and influence that sourcing managers have today. Organizations are leaning heavily on sourcing teams to keep costs low, value high, and supplier risk even lower. Even sourcing mangers that use top-notch platforms and follow a strict sourcing process can fall short if they are making one (or all) of these critical sourcing mistakes. Here are the five sourcing mistakes we hear (and see) sourcing managers make – and how to avoid them. Inviting suppliers … More