Back in the day I did some work for a wealth management firm in New York. At that time, I was introduced to the area of Behavioral Finance, and more broadly, behavioral economics. While not new concepts, they gained new relevance – and urgency – during the financial meltdown 10 years ago. As my client used to say, investors are often their own worst enemies. In times of stress, even the most solidly constructed investment portfolio can be undermined through panic, overreaction and poor decision making. Part of the advisor’s role was, and is, saving people from themselves. There are parallels in technology decision making.
During my family summer holiday trip to San Diego I was confronted with the notion of budget management front and center. To get around during our trip, I rented a mid-sized sedan, but upon arriving at the rental car center I soon realized we had an extra piece of luggage that would not fit in the car. The rental car agent gave me the option of either upgrading to a luxury SUV, which would double the cost of the rental, or wait for a less costly SUV rental that would not be available until later in the day.
In Part 1 of this series I wrote about making a business case to bring in new procurement technology. All organizations have handled first-time implementations of some sort – whether they are switching to a full platform or adding a new piece of functionality to a system already in place. The thing about new technology implementations is that, after all the effort invested in vetting prospective solutions, executive teams generally accept the notion that having technology in place is better than not having technology in place.
Although procurement technology is nothing new, there are first-time implementations going on all the time. Whether you are introducing the company’s first full end-to-end platform or adding a new area of functionality to an existing platform (i.e., contract management, supplier information management), preparing a solid business case will help win over decision makers and improve the selection process. Articulating your POV can be the difference between getting the green light to go ahead and more discussion and justification.
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.