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November 21, 2017

Many Thanks

Many Thanks

There are three things that are required to thrive in our industry: 1) A solid vision, 2) Continuous product innovation, and 3) Customers who believe unreservedly that we deliver on those two.

Without a doubt, #3 is the real key to success.

By turning to us to help master their challenges, customers are placing an enormous amount of trust in us and our technology. That commitment is not lost on us, and is what forms the basis of our entire company culture. Every time a company comes to Determine and says, “We believe in you and what you can do for us,” it redoubles our efforts to earn that trust, every day.

It is a happy coincidence that this year Thanksgiving is coming on the heels of a quarter in which 100% of our new customers are on the Determine Cloud Platform. It gives us a whole lot to be thankful for because of several reasons. Foremost, that customers are choosing a bigger, more flexible matrix on which we can help meet their growing and dynamic range of needs. Second, that they see the potential that the platform represents in terms of today’s challenge is not necessarily tomorrow’s – whether they started with one or two modules, or our whole source-to-pay suite.

And finally, the platform serves as a critical part of our relationship-based, customer-first culture. The Determine Cloud Platform is a forum for building ever-closer ties and opportunities for shared success. Our commitment to delivering Platformance—enabling people, processes and data working to achieve your business goals.

So, to all of our customers and partners this Thanksgiving, we say thanks for giving us your trust.

November 16, 2017

Survey says: We want procurement solution configurability.

Survey says: We want procurement solution configurability.

Decision-Achats is the major procurement and source-to-pay industry publication in France, and one that we reference regularly since Determine has such a significant French component. Recently, Decision-Achats conducted a survey related to inventorying the tools and solutions that procurement professionals are using, and their experience and attitudes of them. One of the most important results to appear is the call for more personalization – configurability, in other words. People want tools that work the way they do, especially millennials.

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November 14, 2017

Success Story: Monoprix shares its experience feedback around managing retail supplier e-catalogs

Success Story: Monoprix shares its experience feedback around managing retail supplier e-catalogs

[NOTE: Leading French retail group Monoprix deployed the Determine Cloud Platform earlier this year, in part to manage e-catalogs. As a major force in city-center shopping, with locations in over 250 cities in France through its six branded stores, Monoprix’s supplier catalog management requirements are vast, as you might imagine. Because of Determine’s deep expertise and experience in the retail industry vertical, they chose our modular, integrated Procurement solution for its flexibility, simplicity and ease of use.]

Intuitive user interface, detailed product sheets, user reviews, search functions: these ecommerce standards are now commonly applied to the realm of supplier catalogs, and in the process improving the user experience of internal customers.

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November 9, 2017

Supplier Information Management (SIM): A Sustainable Means to a Strategic End

Supplier Information Management (SIM): A Sustainable Means to a Strategic End

A closer look at the PayStream Advisors 2017 Supplier Management Report and webinar.

In a recent survey about current supplier management challenges, goals, and practices, PayStream Advisors asked procurement organizations what contributes to poor supplier relationships, and what their priorities are for improving the processes in place. Not surprisingly, access to accurate information was at the heart of both: As a source of supply chain challenges, and as a way to achieve a more strategic level of supplier management. Despite this seeming alignment between problem and solution, increased access to verified supplier information is not an end in and of itself. It is rather a means to two strategic ends: Satisfied internal stakeholders, and healthy supplier relationships.
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November 2, 2017

Improve Contract Compliance by Thinking Like Sales…Not Procurement

Improve Contract Compliance by Thinking Like Sales…Not Procurement

If you’re anything like me as a procurement practitioner, you think of our end-to-end process in a linear fashion. It usually starts with spend analysis or some other source of information (budget, ERP, BI system output, etc.) and ends with Contract Management and/or Supplier Performance Management. For us, this is completely logical because the sub-processes that we view as the most “active” portions of procurement – strategic sourcing and negotiation – have been dealt with at this point.

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