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September 25, 2018

Agile contract management for the self-service age, part two.

Agile contract management for the self-service age, part two.

Accelerating your contracts from dotted line to bottom line.

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the issues around self-service contracts currently – the need for digitization and automation – and how those are impacting organizations today. In part two, you’ll learn how (and why) businesses are taking inspiration from consumer-facing processes to speed up self-service contracting, and what’s involved with your own digital transformation.

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September 19, 2018

Agile contract management for the self-service age.

Agile contract management for the self-service age.

Four ways to ensure your contracts are ready for a one-click world.

Contracts are the lifeblood of modern-day business. They are used to protect against risk, establish incentives, hire employees, install systems and plan for the future. But at most organizations, contracts are executed, edited and stored using 25-year-old technology. In this two-part blog series, we’ll explore how moving to self-service contracting is the future of business. In part one, we look at the state of contracts now and identify room for improvement.

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September 4, 2018

Chatbots: Trendy gadget, or the future of how we interact with business applications and e-procurement?

Chatbots: Trendy gadget, or the future of how we interact with business applications and e-procurement?

Everyone has heard about chatbots, or intelligent assistants. The battle between Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana is raging: They are embedded in our smartphones and are mainly driven by voice, augmenting our ability to access information and do things; these assistants are also in many homes, and have become mainstream in consumer smart objects and IoT devices. Now we’re wondering how soon they will be just as common on our desks at work.

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August 15, 2018

How good tax management in procure-to-pay can help save a lot of money.

How good tax management in procure-to-pay can help save a lot of money.

The world is mainly divided in two blocks in term of tax: the Value-Added-Tax, or VAT, that has been adopted by 166 countries out of 193 in the world; and the US, which is almost the only country that has sales tax. Some countries have still a very complex tax system that has not been unified between the provinces, like Canada, however the Good and Services Tax (GST) works mainly like the VAT.

There are a lot of differences in the way these two main tax systems work. Robust tax management can simplify the complexity for procurement.

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June 19, 2018

Don’t think code, think process and business.

Don’t think code, think process and business.

How a low code platform solves business challenges better, faster and more easily.

Low code platforms are very hot nowadays. Forrester estimates the market to reach $15 billion by 2020, and cloud application leaders like Salesforce are massively investing in it. In fact, Outsystems, a low code platform provider, just raised $360M, probably because of their great position in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service. In essence, a low code platform lets you focus on solving problems instead of thinking about the technology.

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October 12, 2017

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) going to replace our jobs?

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) going to replace our jobs?

Background: Salon Solutions is the premiere event in Europe for all things related to the fields of digital transformation, Big Data, e-procurement and e-business in general – more than 6,000 visitors attended in 2016. As a major presenter hosting six roundtable discussions, Determine covered many topics of critical interest regarding source-to-pay. While I did not present all of these topics, I thought it would be informative to put them into a series of blogs, which we are sharing this week.

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October 5, 2017

Millennials and technology: Get Ready for a Revolution in Procurement Solutions.

Millennials and technology: Get Ready for a Revolution in Procurement Solutions.

Background: Salons Solutions is the premiere event in Europe for all things related to the fields of digital transformation, Big Data, e-procurement and e-business in general – more than 6,000 visitors attended in 2016. As a major presenter hosting six roundtable discussions, Determine covered many topics of critical interest regarding source-to-pay. While I did not present all of these topics, I thought it would be informative to put them into a series of blogs, which we are sharing this week.

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October 3, 2017

Managing business complexity: Keep it simple.

Managing business complexity: Keep it simple.

Background: Salons Solutions is the premiere event in Europe for all things related to the fields of digital transformation, Big Data, e-procurement and e-business in general – more than 6,200 visitors attended in 2017. As a major presenter hosting six roundtable discussions, Determine covered many topics of critical interest regarding source-to-pay. While I did not present all of these topics, I thought it would be informative to put them into a series of blogs, which we are sharing this week.

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September 12, 2017

Procurement Transformation: Forget features, let’s talk about business processes!

Procurement Transformation: Forget features, let’s talk about business processes!
This blog first appeared on Decision-Achats, 05/09/2017

Today, e-procurement providers are racing to offer ever more features to their customers. The result is often mixed: unused features, and rigid processes that do not really meet each company’s specific business needs.

Most source-to-pay solutions on the market stick to a linear process: purchase requests, orders, receipt and invoice reconciliation. However, this process only works for certain purchase categories. As soon as you want to add more negotiation, teamwork, or contract management, these solutions become complex to implement and use.

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