Background: Salons Solutions is the premiere event in Europe for all things related to the fields of digital transformation, Big Data, e-procurement and e-business in general – more than 6,000 visitors attended in 2016. As a major presenter hosting six roundtable discussions, Determine covered many topics of critical interest regarding source-to-pay. While I did not present all of these topics, I thought it would be informative to put them into a series of blogs, which we are sharing this week.
It seems like we’ve been talking for years about the impact that Millennial employees “are going to have” in the workplace. While we were discussing and theorizing, they have been learning, building, growing and working their way up the org chart. According to Wikipedia, the Millennial generation includes people born from the early 1980s through the mid 1990s and early 2000s. If we assume a birth year window of 1982-2002, the oldest millennials are turning 35 this year.
I recently got back from the CPO Summit held in the historic Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), a London conference venue housed in an 18th century mansion with a long and rich British military history dating back to Henry VIII. Within the historic Armoury House were several notable military artifacts, while outside we faced regiment parade, guns ready for parade at the Artillery Garden, the largest garden in the City of London.
As my colleague Mike Mitchell pointed out in a previous blog, there is a lot of talk about the notion of user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) lately. Where enterprise business technology is concerned, source-to-pay technology in particular, this quest for improving the UI/UX today is often considered only in the context of what we can see and feel. I even wrote an entire blog series about this as it related to Google’s influence of material design on our platform.
Managing Source to Pay in the “Postmodern” ERP Era
As enterprise technology has evolved with the notion of ERP, so has the need for organizations to understand how to adopt it in a modern context. Source to pay is no exception.
In the early eighties, many looked to enterprise resource planning, or ERP systems, as the panacea to all the woes of working with MRP systems. ERP was going to solve the problem for organizations looking to manage all distinct software solutions under one umbrella, and make it easier to see how all these functions work together.
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.