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August 13, 2019

With Implementations, it is Location, Location, Location.

With Implementations, it is Location, Location, Location.

An Outsider’s Perspective on Implementing Technology.

I’ve participated in many procurement technology implementations – and not always in the same role. Like most people, my experience began on the receiving end of new technology for which I had no say in the selection or configuration. From there I moved to a leadership role on a team tasked with selecting and implementing a sourcing suite for the first time. A few years later, I was part of a consulting team at a solution provider where I regularly assisted in or led implementations as part of procurement program (re)design projects.

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July 2, 2019

Congratulations! You are ready for procure-to-pay!

Congratulations! You are ready for procure-to-pay!

Introducing the Determine P2P Starter Kit, Part One: The P2P 101 Guide

It is amazing what procurement professionals can accomplish with nothing more than spreadsheets, email and a phone. We can source, manage suppliers, track spend and report savings. In fact, we are so resourceful and so good at cobbling together solutions that we often stay with that approach longer than we should – especially considering how much is at stake for the company and its customers. The challenge for procurement is knowing when the time is right to make the switch to a procure-to-pay (P2P) platform .

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June 25, 2019

Investing in Corporate Governance to Ensure Compliance

Investing in Corporate Governance to Ensure Compliance

Three best practices you can use right now.

Procurement often uses the terms governance and compliance to describe the “law and order” part of our responsibilities. Governance establishes the rules for enterprise purchasing and spend management, while compliance measures how well distributed buyers adhere to those rules. In a perfect world, proper governance would lead to consistent compliance. In the real world, there is often only a loose connection between the two.

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June 11, 2019

AI and Blockchain Can’t Replace Strong Procurement Fundamentals

AI and Blockchain Can’t Replace Strong Procurement Fundamentals

Determine OutLoud: A conversation with Anthony Mignogna, Director at Source One, a Corcentric company.

Attend any procurement conference, read any procurement blog, download any procurement whitepaper these days and what are you likely to see and hear? AI! Blockchain! Machine learning! Chatbots! Emerging technology is undoubtedly exciting, and it is no wonder that it captures our attention and imagination. But does it have any actionable value for the majority of procurement organizations today?

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June 4, 2019

Compliance advice for those who herd cats

Compliance advice for those who herd cats

We’ve all heard (or used) the expression that managing some groups of people is “like herding cats”. For cat people in the reading audience, this requires little explanation. Cats do what they want, when they want, only if they want. The expression wouldn’t have caught on if it weren’t true, which means there are plenty of feline humans out there too. If you’re in procurement, I’m sure you’ve met quite a few of them.

We put a contract in place, and the “cats” buy from someone else. We establish a process, and they do whatever they like. It can be infuriating. But, if we approach our internal cats with the right attitude, they also present us with unique opportunities to improve procurement’s performance, impact and influence.

Here is some advice for those days when you find yourself unavoidably herding cats:

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May 28, 2019

Concentric Supplier Risk Management

Concentric Supplier Risk Management

Executives in all functions and lines of business are driven to create shareholder value, a challenge that increasingly requires them to take calculated risks that often involve the supply chain. From a shareholder’s perspective, nothing destroys the perceived value of an investment faster than negative press, even when it is the unintended result of ‘pushing boundaries’. In some cases, the criticism may not even be due to a company’s own actions, but rather those of their suppliers (or suppliers’ suppliers).

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May 14, 2019

Achieving Duality in Supplier Management: Technology + Talent

Achieving Duality in Supplier Management: Technology + Talent

A conversation with Anéliya Riminchan, Product Director of Sourcing for Determine, a Corcentric company

Supplier management encompasses the entire end-to-end procurement process. Getting the most out of our external supply partnerships requires consistent investment in supplier qualification and onboarding, supplier information management, supplier relationship management, and supplier risk and performance management.

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April 23, 2019

Can the Whole Foods and Amazon Grocery chains exist under the same corporate umbrella?

Can the Whole Foods and Amazon Grocery chains exist under the same corporate umbrella?

Managing procurement for three vastly different retail models.

Amazon recently announced that they will open a “traditional” grocery chain. This is in addition to their 2017 acquisition of Whole Foods and their experimentation with Amazon Go, a fully automated (i.e. cashier-less) convenience store-style market. All three will meet a similar kind of consumer need, just in a different way. This will likely result in the creation of three completely different cost models and profitability rates – not to mention three very different procurement and supply chain operations.

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April 9, 2019

Source-to-Pay Platforms: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Point Solutions and Frankensteins

Source-to-Pay Platforms: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Point Solutions and Frankensteins

Determine OutLoud: A conversation with Sophie Pope, Director of Customer Success at Determine

In a recent webinar, Sophie Pope and Ollie Young, a Senior Solutions Engineer at Determine, addressed The 5 Ways a S2P Platform Helps Create More Value for Your Organization. They discussed the differences between source-to-pay point solutions, platforms, and what they called ‘Frankenstein’ platforms. Yikes!

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