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June 11, 2019

AI and Blockchain Can’t Replace Strong Procurement Fundamentals

AI and Blockchain Can’t Replace Strong Procurement Fundamentals

Determine OutLoud: A conversation with Anthony Mignogna, Director at Source One, a Corcentric company.

Attend any procurement conference, read any procurement blog, download any procurement whitepaper these days and what are you likely to see and hear? AI! Blockchain! Machine learning! Chatbots! Emerging technology is undoubtedly exciting, and it is no wonder that it captures our attention and imagination. But does it have any actionable value for the majority of procurement organizations today?

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June 4, 2019

Compliance advice for those who herd cats

Compliance advice for those who herd cats

We’ve all heard (or used) the expression that managing some groups of people is “like herding cats”. For cat people in the reading audience, this requires little explanation. Cats do what they want, when they want, only if they want. The expression wouldn’t have caught on if it weren’t true, which means there are plenty of feline humans out there too. If you’re in procurement, I’m sure you’ve met quite a few of them.

We put a contract in place, and the “cats” buy from someone else. We establish a process, and they do whatever they like. It can be infuriating. But, if we approach our internal cats with the right attitude, they also present us with unique opportunities to improve procurement’s performance, impact and influence.

Here is some advice for those days when you find yourself unavoidably herding cats:

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May 28, 2019

Concentric Supplier Risk Management

Concentric Supplier Risk Management

Executives in all functions and lines of business are driven to create shareholder value, a challenge that increasingly requires them to take calculated risks that often involve the supply chain. From a shareholder’s perspective, nothing destroys the perceived value of an investment faster than negative press, even when it is the unintended result of ‘pushing boundaries’. In some cases, the criticism may not even be due to a company’s own actions, but rather those of their suppliers (or suppliers’ suppliers).

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April 30, 2019

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

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

We don’t know about you, but when we think of April – we think Spring. The birds chirping, flowers blooming, green grass, incessant rain (yuck), and summer in our sights! Spring is a time for growth and for change; a beautiful transformation, if you will. This month’s resources stayed true to theme – focusing on the transformation and future of procurement, source-to-pay insights, and even our own evolution as Determine began its new chapter as a Corcentric company. DetermiNews gives you a jump start on spring cleaning your business processes for the sunny days ahead.

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February 28, 2019

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

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

Seems like a lot of February news got buried beneath the Polar Vortex (along with large portions of the US), but the two biggest stories to come out of Determine this month were the launch of our Contract Management App for Salesforce, and the announcement that the company has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Corcentric. Glad it’s the shortest month of the year.

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January 17, 2019

The Procurement Maturity Curve, Part 2: Savings — and Value — at Every Stage

The Procurement Maturity Curve, Part 2: Savings — and Value — at Every Stage

Part One of this two-part series on procurement maturity looked at how procurement is (and likely always will be at some level) linked to savings, even as our perspective on those savings changes. But the scope of procurement’s role has expanded. Technology and data are accelerating procurement along the value continuum and expanding our contributions beyond the bottom line. In Part Two, we look at how procurement professionals can leverage tools to increase our organizational effectiveness — and influence.

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January 15, 2019

The Procurement Maturity Curve, Part 1: Savings at Every Stage

The Procurement Maturity Curve, Part 1: Savings at Every Stage

After multiple years of transformation (first procurement, then digital), most of us have accepted the idea that we work in a state of perpetual change and self-examination. What are my company’s current practices? What am I doing to advance myself or my team to the next level? How does that compare to what my competition is doing? Isn’t this striving for growth what “procurement maturity” is all about?

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January 3, 2019

Wondering What Your Procurement Contracts are Worth?

Wondering What Your Procurement Contracts are Worth?

How much value is your business gaining from your contracts?

If an executive asked you what a given contract was worth, most of us would likely give an answer based on the estimated spend with that supplier as a result of projected volume, negotiated costs and term. While this would be an accurate answer, it limits the “value” of the contract to its transactional footprint.

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