I know we don’t have to preach to the choir. Procurement professionals are all aware of just how practical spend analysis is for them, but sometimes find it challenging to explain exactly why. Some expenses are simply hard to justify. Spend analysis is often seen only as an added value to the organization, rather than an essential piece to uncovering hidden value opportunities. In an applicable paper, Spend Matters suggests 10 ways to justify the expense for spend analysis to the financial decision-makers at your company. Here are some key takeaways…
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.
The search for a P2P solution (purchase-to-pay) software can be daunting and, quite frankly, mind-boggling. Identifying a tool that best fits organizational business processes, user needs and the desires of stakeholders can be downright exhausting — especially if you’ve never implemented an outside solution before. Knowing some of the key features and benefits to look for in a worthy P2P solution will help make the search a bit more bearable, and empower your organization to choose a tool that everyone will be happy with.
The heat was on in July, so we focused on helping you keep your cool when it comes to procurement technology with our P2P Starter Kit. Regardless of where your organization is on the procurement maturity curve, or what your comfort level regarding procurement solutions, our toolkit is designed to make sure you have the basics down, the facts in hand and everyone’s expectations properly managed. So you’re cool with this, right?
Still in the dark about cloud P2P myths?
Last week Kelly Barner took us for our first ride in the Determine Myth Machine, solving some of the mysteries and misconceptions that continue to swirl around cloud P2P. As she explained in that post:
- Yes, your data will be secure in the cloud.
- No, fast access to your data won’t be compromised in the cloud.
But the P2P booby traps and myths don’t end there, do they?