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January 24, 2019

The Impact of Supplier Management on Spend

The Impact of Supplier Management on Spend

Linking the Dynamics of Supplier Relationships with P2P.

In an environment of increased regulations and demand for compliance, organizations are placing their suppliers under increasing scrutiny. Yet, managing supplier information is often near impossible given the the inability of organizations to easily tie supplier information to procure to pay (not to mention contracts and enterprise data as a whole).

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January 10, 2019

E-Invoicing: Replacing errors (and costs) with accuracy.

E-Invoicing: Replacing errors (and costs) with accuracy.

The evidence has been accumulating for decades that electronic invoicing, or e-invoicing, saves users considerable time and money. Respondents to a global study by The Institute of Financial Operations found that 56% of businesses using e-invoicing spent considerably less money processing invoices than those businesses using manual systems. So why isn’t every business using it today?

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December 27, 2018

DetermiNews: The Best of 2018 in Source-to-Pay and Contract Management

DetermiNews: The Best of 2018 in Source-to-Pay and Contract Management

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2019!

Top leaders all have one thing in common: they have very eclectic tastes when it comes to what they read and what they’re interested in. Which pretty much describes all of you, based on the wide-ranging entries on our list of Top 10 Resources for 2018 in source-to-pay and contract management as defined by you.

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December 20, 2018

Think like a CLM consultant to improve compliance, reduce risk, and increase profit.

Think like a CLM consultant to improve compliance, reduce risk, and increase profit.

How to think about contract management in an era of rising regulation and compliance enforcement.

As explored in Part One of this series, a shifting regulatory and global business environment are compelling organizations to implement a much more robust strategy and technology approach to contract management (or contract lifecycle management – CLM). Part Two looks at how changing your perspective on the topic can make all the difference in how you approach it, and how you think about the outcome. Consider the role of the consultant in business. It’s their perspective — as much as experience and expertise — that bring value to a business. By adopting some of that ability to see things differently as it relates to contract management, you begin to see all the way it can create value.

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December 18, 2018

Rising Regulation and Compliance Enforcement = Increasing Need for Contract Management

Rising Regulation and Compliance Enforcement = Increasing Need for Contract Management

Whatever your industry, rules and regulations are constantly shifting playing field. They come and go, sometimes unnoticed. Staying on top of the changes means having the most agile contract management approach possible — a fact that’s clearly on the rise. Survey after survey from various analyst firms and consultancies show that contract compliance and management is a growing area of concern. Just as important, if not as urgent, is the fact that good contract governance is also good for business.

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December 4, 2018

3 Minutes to Building Contract Management Success

3 Minutes to Building Contract Management Success

CLM implementation do’s, don’ts and steps to take…and mistakes to avoid.

It would take a lot more than three minutes to learn what we have in over two decades of contract management solution implementations. But, by the time you finish reading this article, you’ll come away with a better understanding of steps you should take to achieve CLM success simply by avoiding some basic but common mistakes that put implementations at risk.

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November 27, 2018

The State of Procurement in Retail

The State of Procurement in Retail

Customers, compliance and clicks: How procurement is reinventing retail success.

The retail industry operates in a high-visibility, consumer-focused environment. That brings with it a host of opportunities, but also exposes it to the vagaries and shifting whims of target audiences, which are increasingly demanding as well as sliced into ever smaller, more specific demographics. In order for retailers to be successful in a heavily competitive marketplace, they must adopt advanced procurement strategies and technologies that go far beyond the traditional focus on cost savings efforts alone .

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November 15, 2018

The Power of Alignment: Achieving Cross-Functional Transformation – Part 2

The Power of Alignment: Achieving Cross-Functional Transformation – Part 2

How Watermark Retirement Communities took their processes from “black hole” to “Best Team Performance” at CPO Rising 2018.

In Part One of this series, we looked at how Alliant Credit Union (ACU), an invaluable Determine customer, turned their approach to establishing business process alignment into operational excellence and award recognition by being named “Best Credit Union in America” by MONEY. Part Two explores another stunning achievement in cross-functional alignment — how Watermark Retirement Communities took a holistic strategy to process improvement and parlayed it into transformational success and earning the “Best Team Performance Award” at CPO Rising 2018. Like ACU, Watermark’s accolades are well deserved.

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November 13, 2018

The Power of Alignment: Achieving Cross-Functional Transformation.

The Power of Alignment: Achieving Cross-Functional Transformation.

How ACU, the Best Credit Union in America, turned listening into procurement process efficiency.

Two invaluable Determine customers from completely different industries – Alliant Credit Union and Watermark Retirement Communities – recently achieved award recognition for achieving transformational excellence through cross-functional alignment. In light of that, we thought it would be useful to look into the factors that help define transition success, starting with Alliant Credit Union in part one of this two-part series.

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November 8, 2018

7 Ways to Undermine Your Sourcing Projects

7 Ways to Undermine Your Sourcing Projects

Everyone makes mistakes. Just don’t make these.

You’re an experienced sourcing or procurement professional. You’ve been through umpteen sourcing events, worked across a number of industries, did tours of duty in companies of all sizes. And yet, once in a great while, you still have the inevitable forehead slap moment and the inner cry of “why did I just do that?!” It happens. Whether you’re an industry veteran or just starting out in your career, the following seven sourcing project errors — sophomoric as they seem — are common. And easily avoidable.

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