During my family summer holiday trip to San Diego I was confronted with the notion of budget management front and center. To get around during our trip, I rented a mid-sized sedan, but upon arriving at the rental car center I soon realized we had an extra piece of luggage that would not fit in the car. The rental car agent gave me the option of either upgrading to a luxury SUV, which would double the cost of the rental, or wait for a less costly SUV rental that would not be available until later in the day.
By coincidence (or not), today is the birthday of Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph – arguably the first email. Considering the continual rise in speed, quantity and complexity of data communications today, it’s worth remembering that to some degree, he started all this. Of course, being that humans can never leave well enough alone, we’re still tweaking, refining and trying to perfect source-to-pay and contract management technology that enables people to communicate and collaborate better.
The podcast series that’s all about minding your business in contract management and source to pay.
As a prelude to Determine’s webinar with Spend Matters on aligning Procurement and Finance, I decided to get an insider’s perspective from our own Chief Financial Officer, John Nolan. In this episode of our podcast, my conversation with John explored his experience around aligning finance with procurement and other departments, as well. Given his varied background in companies of all sizes, public and private, his perspective is invaluable as Determine works to help our own customers get aligned.
Overcoming Differing Objectives and Stakeholders
If we were to try to identify the greatest obstacle to a harmonious procurement and finance relationship, what would it be? Most of what these two teams care about is actually very well aligned. They are both good stewards of enterprise resources, working capital and the bottom line. Both care about managing risk and facilitating internal processes that provide other internal groups with the resources to do their jobs effectively.