Each year, Supply & Demand Chain Executive releases a list of elite professionals, “Provider Pros to Know,” both online and in the print issue of their magazine. Award recipients are recognized as people to know and learn from in the supply chain industry. They work for software firms and service providers, consultancies or in academia, and have made significant contributions to their individual clients or to the industry as a whole, enabling them to better meet the challenges of the coming year.
It’s no secret that industry analysts note enterprises worldwide are fraught with low adoption of legacy procurement software. As a result, one of the main problems Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) face is the lack of visibility and control of transactions. Procurement needs technology vendors with vision who can deliver the ability to combat rogue buying and improve spend management and contract lifecycle management (CLM) with more functionalities. CPOs today want products and solutions with source-to-pay features that are easy to use, integrated with CLM.
Selectica has just announced the acquisition of b-pack, an industry leader in Purchase to Pay. Since the merger of Selectica and IASTA a year ago, it’s been our goal to provide customers with tailored end-to-end upstream and downstream supply management solutions integrated with enterprise-wide contract lifecycle management. With Selectica and b-pack, it’s all now possible. We know this is an important step toward efficiency for global enterprises weary of managing multiple vendors in disconnected pieces.
According to Forbes, top global companies are relying on their procurement leaders more and more to seek out innovative ways of doing business with suppliers. It’s no longer simply about cutting costs – procurement is more involved in mitigating supply chain risk and making strategic decisions in collaboration with top management. Continue Reading
As procurement professionals, we have come to take certain ideas for granted. Savings is still our primary performance metric given the ever-increasing challenges of today’s market environment. However, savings can no longer be the exclusive North Star to our voyage. We need to become more strategic by increasing our ability to create shareholder value and contribute to corporate competitive advantage. Collaboration with suppliers, at least in certain categories, requires that we take a multi-dimensional look at each commercial opportunity and play a long-term, relationship-oriented game.
I know we don’t have to preach to the choir. You already know that there are some expenses that are hard to justify – not because they aren’t necessary, but because it’s hard to prove that they are worth it. It can be difficult to show where the costs are going to impact the bottom line and why your CFO should consider them necessary.
Gartner’s 2015 predictions for the procurement technology market, “Predicts 2015: A Maturing Procurement Technology Market Creates New Opportunities for Value Creation” is a good read if you can get your hands on it. With all of the technology that has been deployed over the past 15 years, companies still need to find ways to keep ahead of it. I am actually taken back by the need for enterprises to approach both technology and processes (AGAIN), specifically when it comes to procurement and contract lifecycle management.
As both procurement experts and suppliers understand, sourcing a product is more involved than simple physical acquisition. Considering the plethora of product recalls that seem to be constantly in the news, it’s clear that making sure products meet certain standards can be challenging if the right supplier non-compliance monitoring systems aren’t put in place. Continue Reading
In viewing the release of our newest sourcing platform during a demo, I tried to discern all the pieces that I saw as unique or compelling. Looking past core features in the sourcing platform, such as RFx, auction and award management capabilities, I saw aspects of the new platform that are clearly distinguishable. Things like a slick and simple UI, collaborative reporting, in-app messaging and other social media, including capabilities for networking, made me think of the evolution of enterprise technology and the parallels to how sourcing and procurement platforms have dramatically changed over the past 15 years.
The rise of procurement metrics.
In March of 2014, Matthew Eatough, CEO of Proxima Group, wrote an article for Harvard Business Review discussing what he called ‘corporate virtualization‘. The concept is based on research that found that, on average, “69.9% of corporate revenue is directed toward externalized, supplier-driven costs.” The fact that such a large percentage of corporate revenue is spent with external business partners is surprising enough, but the study also uncovered that the percentage increased by 4% from 2011 to 2014, marking a clear trend towards more reliance on suppliers rather than less.