A recent article by McKinsey gave a brief timeline of examples showing episodes of “punctuated equilibrium” — events that cause major disruption and upheaval before settling into a new period of stasis. Along with the discovery of fire, domestication of dogs, the printing press, internal combustion and the iPhone, we can include the emergence of the source-to-pay cloud platform.
Smart and collaborative platforms, unified interfaces, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: all these developments are forcing source-to-pay solution providers to regroup and adapt their technology offerings.
Last week, Jaggaer (formerly SciQuest) announced they were buying BravoSolution. This creates a very large player in the market, but there’s a lot of smoke that has to clear before the real implications of this deal become apparent.
Not just for the companies themselves, but their customers and prospects.
Saturday Night Live did a spoof commercial not long ago about the Amazon Echo. While it pokes fun at seniors (“I don’t know about that!”), the theme of adapting technology to how people really use it is more universal. To anyone who’s used any kind of voice-activated device – GPS, dictation, search – the experience can vary between seamless / amusing / frustrating, especially during the voice learning phase.
There are three things that are required to thrive in our industry: 1) A solid vision, 2) Continuous product innovation, and 3) Customers who believe unreservedly that we deliver on those two.
Without a doubt, #3 is the real key to success.
A closer look at the PayStream Advisors 2017 Supplier Management Report and webinar.
In a recent survey about current supplier management challenges, goals, and practices, PayStream Advisors asked procurement organizations what contributes to poor supplier relationships, and what their priorities are for improving the processes in place. Not surprisingly, access to accurate information was at the heart of both: As a source of supply chain challenges, and as a way to achieve a more strategic level of supplier management. Despite this seeming alignment between problem and solution, increased access to verified supplier information is not an end in and of itself. It is rather a means to two strategic ends: Satisfied internal stakeholders, and healthy supplier relationships.