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July 16, 2015

Getting clarity for building a holistic approach to Procurement technology (Part 2)

Getting clarity for building a holistic approach to Procurement technology (Part 2)

In a recent post, Getting clarity for building a holistic approach to Procurement technology, we looked to address the challenge of the terms often used to describe procurement technology. Even the other day our sales team encountered a client RFP that asked us to elaborate our capabilities of RFx and auctions in the context of eProcurement. What? The initial reaction was that RFx and auctions are a part of eSourcing, not eProcurement.

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July 14, 2015

From Cost to Revenue Center: How Legal Can Impact the Bottom Line

From Cost to Revenue Center: How Legal Can Impact the Bottom Line

For too long the legal department has been seen as something of a necessary evil within an enterprise: vital in keeping the company out of court or at least on the winning side of legal battles, but unable to add much value beyond those duties. This attitude, however, is changing. Increasingly, legal departments are contributing more and even becoming zero-cost centers by streamlining operations, uncovering and inventing new revenue streams, and participating more fully in the enterprise’s overall strategy.

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July 10, 2015

Contract Management: Yours, Mine, and Ours

Contract Management: Yours, Mine, and Ours

In his recent book Global Supply Chain Ecosystems, Mark Millar wrote, “…today’s supply chains encompass complex webs of interdependencies, frequently spanning the globe, designed and deployed to optimize critical attributes – such as speed, agility, and resilience – that drive competitive advantage.” That’s where contract management strategies can make all the difference.

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July 2, 2015

Increase Contract Value and Prevent Loss of Revenue with Better Contract Workflow

Increase Contract Value and Prevent Loss of Revenue with Better Contract Workflow

At the IACCM Europe conference last July, two out of three participants said that their companies lacked a clear, consistent workflow for contracting. Meanwhile, there was wide variation among business units in how workflow was defined. Organizations with effective contract workflow management, however, are achieving superior business results through improved contract value, while those without it too often lose revenue and valuable cycle time during the contracting process.

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June 25, 2015

Collaborative Contract Management: Working Better Together

Collaborative Contract Management: Working Better Together

It’s not news that enterprises are dealing with more contracts and more complexity than ever before. Increasing numbers of stakeholders have skin in the game and creating, executing, and managing contracts plays a crucial role in ensuring a company’s profitability. There are plenty of news stories about legal and financial risk involved when contracts are poorly managed.

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June 23, 2015

Is there “Tough Love” Embedded in Your Budget Process?

Is there “Tough Love” Embedded in Your Budget Process?

It is the worst question Procurement ever faces. C’mon – you know that procurement savings question I’m talking about. That horrible, terrible question from Finance for which there is no good answer…

If Procurement worked so hard and saved all of this money, WHERE IS IT?

Ugh.

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May 29, 2015

Whole Foods Markets Shift Their Cost Model as They Target Millennial Shoppers

Whole Foods Markets Shift Their Cost Model as They Target Millennial Shoppers

In March, I wrote a post for this blog about the Whole Foods grocery chain in which I asked the question: “How Much Can Procurement Change on Their Own?” I looked at how Whole Foods has defied the low margins commonly seen in grocery retail by employing an operational strategy that merges brand reputation, consumer identity, and high-quality products in justification of higher prices. Their procurement team is part of a top to bottom approach to creating the right value proposition for their customers.

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May 27, 2015

Focus on what matters most by silencing contract management “Noise”

Focus on what matters most by silencing contract management “Noise”

Before I entered the world of software and technology, I spent over 10 years in manufacturing. I hear engineers often discussing what’s called “signal-to-noise” ratios. Like tuning an old AM radio, sometimes you get a good signal and the background noise is minimal. At other times, the static and buzzing is so intense that you cannot hear what the station is trying to broadcast. This is where enterprise CLM comes in.

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