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August 8, 2018

Growing procurement influence through CLM.

Growing procurement influence through CLM.

Unlocking the strategic value in contracts.

A recent McKinsey study was chock-full of surprises in terms of procurement and CLM, including this little gem:

Across industries, total procurement operating expenses are typically less than 1 percent of total spending. By underinvesting in this way, companies are overlooking a significant source of value: suboptimal contract terms and conditions combined with a lack of effective contract management can cause an erosion of value in sourcing equal to 9 percent of annual revenues. For Fortune’s 2016 Global 500 companies, this 9 percent would have equaled $2.5 trillion in value.”

Kind of makes you wonder, what’s in your contracts?

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July 31, 2018

July DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

July DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

Depending on who you ask, France was either a shoe-in or a long-shot to win the World Cup this month in Russia. Why they won is very well explained by this paraphrased excerpt from the New York Times:

(The team) will be remembered for what it was: a team of exceptional talent and ruthless efficiency, a group in which every player knew his job and performed it flawlessly. All that it achieved — through diligent planning, hard work, relentless discipline — was remarkable; a team of top-class talents willing to sublimate their individual games to a collective mission.”

It also sounds very much like a description of a world-class procurement organization.

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July 24, 2018

Procurement steps up its game.

Procurement steps up its game.

Is Spend Under Management a “Has Been?”

In this, the third of our four-part blog series for the release of CPO Rising 2018: The Age of Intelligence, Kelly Barner of Buyers Meeting Point delves into the myriad facets of Procurement Performance in Chapter Three. There’s no debate that the importance and influence of procurement is on the rise across industries, but the question is, are procurement’s metrics – like spend under management – truly representative of those accomplishments?

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July 3, 2018

Watermark: Making the case for modular source-to-pay

Watermark: Making the case for modular source-to-pay

From process “black hole” to complete visibility, traceability and control.

At Determine, we are obviously (and justifiably) biased toward a source-to-pay and contract management cloud platform approach that is based on modular, implement-as-you-need solutions. The model makes perfect sense from every logic perspective. That’s why, when a customer like Amee Foss, National Director of Procurement and Plant Operations at Watermark Retirement Communities comes to the same realization, her story makes a much more powerful case than we can make. And she tells it beautifully in this interview in Supply Chain World.

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June 28, 2018

June DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

June DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

I read recently that there has been a growing trend – call it an outbreak – in towns, cities and municipalities having their computer systems held for ransom. Apparently, it’s more common than most people realize (they’re easier prey than the business world). What was interesting about the story is the fact that many of these towns refuse to pay the ransom, and instead pay A LOT more to upgrade and update their systems to be more secure. Or they might do both. But it shouldn’t take a catastrophe to convince an organization that implementing the latest technology is the right thing to do – for risk as well as operational reasons . And it doesn’t have to cost a king’s ransom.

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May 31, 2018

May DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

May DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

If necessity is the mother of invention, then reinvention must be the offspring of a continuous improvement process. Back in flight school, there was an industry group with a major professional education component, whose slogan was “When you’re good, you’re always learning.” The more source-to-pay professionals and practitioners I meet, and the more research and whitepapers I read, that same slogan could easily apply to procurement, sourcing and contract management, as well. As one Determine customer sagely told me at a recent User Group, “Comfort zones makes me uncomfortable.”

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