Talking about cloud computing today has become commonplace as cloud-based technologies play a more critical role in business and procurement. But much like other technological innovations, one thing leads to another, with each iteration building on its predecessor. Consider the evolution of the power grid, of telecommunications, of the personal computer, or of the Internet.
A lot has already changed within the first few weeks of the year. The China asset bubble finally burst, oil prices are near $25 a barrel and indicators predict especially uncertain times. Could 2016 be the year that we see the predictions of 2008 come home to roost? Whatever the year holds, David Bowie was right, the future will not be boring.
Successful implementations that meet complex customer needs and deliver ROI begin with strong relationships.
We know that strong relationships are based on integrity, which takes time and effort to develop. But believe me, the ROI of integrity is real. From lower churn, more referral customers and loyal clients to shorter sales cycles, bigger deals, happier employees and more innovative solutions — investing in integrity is good for business. In fact, integrity is one of our core values at Determine.
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016! Just a couple weeks into the new year and maybe 75 percent of resolution makers are still on track, in six months fewer than half will be. To make things happen this year, most of us need to focus on a few key (and achievable) goals for Smarter Procurement and Spend Management.
Overhead cost control, reduction and compliance with agreed budgets—They’re on every organization’s agenda, yet few have the processes and solutions in place to achieve them. In this blog we look at the issues and the solutions.
All too often, evaluating procurement and legal departments’ technology are centered on solving a specific problem. Typically, they’re related to sourcing events, departmental contract management, supplier optimization or spend analytics. In order to maximize ROI, however, such technology implementations should be considered as part of a broader enterprise technology strategy. This would also help stakeholders across the organization develop and extend their strategic potential and business impact. In a recent conference in France, we saw many customers who have focused heavily on procure to pay or one specific area of procurement, but we heard that there’s a need for businesses to have better functionality and the capability to leverage technology that spans across departmental lines.
Purchasing at the best price, at the optimum time, from the right supplier. Automatically. That, in a nutshell, is what is driving the wholesale embrace of Big Data by procurement professionals and organizations, according to Mathieu Neu, writing in French industry publication Decision-Achats.
These are exciting times for procurement professionals. But consistently, most procurement leaders feel they should be doing better. Unlike last year’s Ardent report on “The State of Strategic Sourcing,” respondents in 2015 see as obstacles technology systems and processes rather than staff or talent challenges. Moreover, they feel that they can drive improvements that propel procurement forward through effective use of collaboration and enabling technologies, something that best-in-class are doing better than their peers.
Strategic sourcing suites are widely used by many in procurement today. Recent research from Gartner notes that majorities of large U.S. and Western European-based companies have invested in one, and rarely buy an e-sourcing application by itself anymore.
To understand the trend in technology and how Determine is addressing it is by looking at this from the persona of the company. Organizations want to be smarter by being able to collaborate in new ways using a common platform approach. Taking this concept as part of adopting solutions is something Forrester Research has looked at around the concept of a smart process applications.