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July 31, 2018

July DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

July DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

Depending on who you ask, France was either a shoe-in or a long-shot to win the World Cup this month in Russia. Why they won is very well explained by this paraphrased excerpt from the New York Times:

(The team) will be remembered for what it was: a team of exceptional talent and ruthless efficiency, a group in which every player knew his job and performed it flawlessly. All that it achieved — through diligent planning, hard work, relentless discipline — was remarkable; a team of top-class talents willing to sublimate their individual games to a collective mission.”

It also sounds very much like a description of a world-class procurement organization.

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July 24, 2018

Procurement steps up its game.

Procurement steps up its game.

Is Spend Under Management a “Has Been?”

In this, the third of our four-part blog series for the release of CPO Rising 2018: The Age of Intelligence, Kelly Barner of Buyers Meeting Point delves into the myriad facets of Procurement Performance in Chapter Three. There’s no debate that the importance and influence of procurement is on the rise across industries, but the question is, are procurement’s metrics – like spend under management – truly representative of those accomplishments?

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May 31, 2018

May DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

May DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

If necessity is the mother of invention, then reinvention must be the offspring of a continuous improvement process. Back in flight school, there was an industry group with a major professional education component, whose slogan was “When you’re good, you’re always learning.” The more source-to-pay professionals and practitioners I meet, and the more research and whitepapers I read, that same slogan could easily apply to procurement, sourcing and contract management, as well. As one Determine customer sagely told me at a recent User Group, “Comfort zones makes me uncomfortable.”

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April 26, 2018

April DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

April DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

I read recently that “data is the new oil.” Which, from a corporate-speak pithiness perspective, is sound bytable enough. But it’s inaccurate: oil is a finite resource that gets used up and will diminish over time. Data, on the other hand, just keeps accumulating and getting ever more valuable. If you know how to leverage it , that is. Pick up some pointers in this month’s April DetermiNews, and even more in our webinar with Ardent Partners, CPO Rising 2018: The Age of Intelligence.

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March 29, 2018

March DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

March DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

March is what we used to call in Vermont one of the “shoulder seasons.” That is, it can’t decide whether to focus on winter or spring so it just throws curve balls at you all day. Luckily for us, as we cover in this March DetermiNews, Determine has incredible customers for us to focus on regardless of what the weather is doing. There are many pathways to achieving customer success; we’re success agnostic – whatever works for them works for us.

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March 1, 2018

Socially responsible investment: Empowering people through community service.

Socially responsible investment: Empowering people through community service.

From helping global corporations to helping local charities achieve their goals — it’s all in a day’s work.

Hauling debris off a fire-hazard hillside in the French countryside for France Bénévolat; enhancing the living environment for students at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; rehabilitating old building materials at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore; trailblazing for the London Wildlife Trust. What does that have to do with contract management or source-to-pay solutions?

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