We do love our acronyms in procurement, but rather than being an exclusionary tactic designed to keep “them” out, I like to think that shortening our long phrases to “TLAs” is in line with the resource efficiency we apply to spend management.
Back in the day I did some work for a wealth management firm in New York. At that time, I was introduced to the area of Behavioral Finance, and more broadly, behavioral economics as espoused by Richard Thaler at the University of Chicago. While not new concepts, they gained new relevance – and urgency – during the financial meltdown 10 years ago. As my client used to say, investors are often their own worst enemies. In times of stress, even the most solidly constructed investment portfolio can be undermined through panic, overreaction and poor decision making. Part of the advisor’s role was, and is, saving people from themselves. There are parallels in technology decision making.
In Part 1 of this series, I voluntarily limited myself to discussing the Procure-to-Pay process in the context of digital transformation without going into Contract Management, Supplier Performance and Information Management, and the Strategic or Operational Sourcing process. In this part, let’s take a quick look at how those factor into a successful digital transformation.
The digital dream: the belief that transforming the front office (also called the customer experience) will lead to success while overlooking back-office transformation will only help to hit the wall faster.”
– Bertrand Duperrin
When it comes to digital transformation, integrating core enterprise workflows— including invoice files, commitment control, solution implementation, and suppliers and other operational players—can be the difference between ‘check the box’ success and having a substantial impact on your ROI.
I will never forget the first time I set foot in an Accounts Payable department. I was working as the lead consultant on a project to completely transform and rebuild a company’s procurement function. Everything was going exceptionally well: processes, reporting, technology implementation, and upskilling the current team. The CPO mentioned to me that I should stop in and introduce myself to the AP lead before the project moved much further forward. I dutifully did so – although when I walked onto the floor and heads suspiciously popped up from cubicles all around me, I knew something was up.
What value does the Determine Cloud Platform add? How can its Big Data offering assist buyers? And what advantages are offered by the predictive and prescriptive analytics developed by Determine?
In mid-September, I was interviewed about recent and forthcoming developments of Determine’s Cloud Platform Source-to-Pay and Contract Management solutions, which cover the entire finance procurement process. The original interview appeared in the French procurement magazine, Décision-Achats.