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.”
Instead of “recycle, reuse, retread” let’s talk about a reboot.
Memorization is a frontage road: It runs parallel to the best parts of learning, never intersecting. It’s a detour around all the action, a way of knowing without learning, of answering without understanding.”
— Ben Orlin, “When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning,” The Atlantic, 9 September 2013
Face it sourcing, CPOs just aren’t that into you.
Last week, the team from Ardent Partners shared the results of their research: CPO Rising 2018: The Age of Intelligence in a webinar with Determine. This year’s report includes input from 324 participants, 62% of which are Director level, VP level, or C-level. No one industry accounted for more than 13% of the research data, although approximately 70% of the responses were from large (>$1B) companies in North America.
For strategic procurement, customer success metrics are measured in two categories: efficiency and effectiveness.
As I mentioned in Part 1 of this series — Do you have a strategic relationship with your technology provider? — I recently joined Determine as Senior Vice President of Customer Success. On March 14 we held our West Region User Group in Laguna Beach, which brought together valued customers to share their experiences, feedback and ideas about our solutions and Determine as a company. That openness and reinforcing of trust are critical components to establishing a sustainable Customer Success Management program .
Strike now while the eSourcing opportunity is hot – Trump tax law changes offer a unique saving opportunity.
I recently read this brilliant analysis about the impact of the Trump tax law changes. I couldn’t help thinking that this offers a unique one off saving opportunity that I would like to share with my procurement colleagues.
Make sure your procurement team is focused on the right eSourcing solution features.
In a recent blog post here on Determine, I shared my list of 10 questions I think every procurement team should ask at all solution provider demos. Some of them you’d probably expect, like questions about integration and the administration of configuration settings. Others you might not have thought of, for instance asking to what degree the company “takes their own medicine” by using the technology themselves.