In a recent Determine webinar I had the chance to talk about procurement trends and cloud computing with Mihir Nanavati, SVP of Product at Tradeshift, and Julien Nadaud, Determine’s Chief Product Officer. Considering the two areas, which are changing rapidly and having an enormous impact on each other, it was enlightening to hear what these two experts had to say.
[Note: This article was originally posted on CPORising.com. Determine is pleased to contribute regularly to Ardent Partners blog on the topics of procurement and supply management. You can read the original post and other content from Ardent Partners HERE.]
Needless to say, the start of year has hardly been one for celebration. Recent volatility in the stock market has been driven by the Chinese bubble economy, oil prices hitting a 13 year low of $25 a barrel, and crisis in the Middle East. With ongoing predictions of slow economic growth in both developed and developing markets, all of these challenges are hitting businesses globally. Being inundated with nothing but bad news to kick off 2016, what does procurement need to do in this business environment?
Contract management is an important aspect of managing business relationships, and a contract management solution is the critical tool used by companies to get the most out of agreement terms that take so much effort to negotiate! While executing and monitoring a contract to maximize financial and operational performance and minimize risks may not sound sexy, it is important to the entire organization.
“Who ordered this? We don’t have the budget for it!”
Budget management… ah yes, I knew our IT budget would be tight this year, so this last $50K upgrade invoice is really throwing my budget totally out of whack. During our last quarter meeting, one of my Project Managers (PM) mentioned this upgrade, but this was not in our original budget nor was it in any approved PO. Hopefully, we can reallocate this to another account, or ask for another budget extension…
Post one of this two-part series looked at how procurement is (and may always be) linked to savings, even as the definition and measure of those savings has changed. But Procurement’s role – and influence – has expanded. Technology and data are accelerating procurement along the value continuum, and changing what it can bring to an enterprise beyond the bottom line. In this post we look at how procurement professionals can leverage tools to increase their organizational effectiveness — and clout.
The role of Procurement is ever changing and growing in importance. What are your company’s current practices? What are you doing to advance to the next level? Savings is still a primary focus and a critical measure of effectiveness, but it’s not the only one. In this two-part series, we’ll examine how procurement technology is (or should be) adding value across enterprises. We’ll also touch on how incorporating data and analytics tools can enhance processes, providing procurement professionals with increased oversight of compliance, risk management and collaboration. While there is an overall progression from one to the next, there are also opportunities for advancement and expansion within each focus area.