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March 21, 2019

Suppliers with influence put money in the bank.

Suppliers with influence put money in the bank.

Part 2 of 2: Trading your “alpha” tendencies for a more shared approach to success.

In this two-part series, Determine Chief Product Officer Julien Nadaud tells how one word — influence — can empower procurement strategies to literally put top value into the outcomes all parties, including suppliers, seek. In Part 1 he explored expanding supplier visibility into overall spend; in Part 2, he looks at two case studies showing why influence, value and collaboration are mutually inclusive.

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March 19, 2019

Suppliers with influence put money in the bank.

Suppliers with influence put money in the bank.

Part 1 of 2: You don’t have to act like a control freak to wield procurement influence.

In this two-part series, Determine Chief Product Officer Julien Nadaud tells how one word — influence — can empower procurement strategies to literally put top value into the outcomes all parties, including suppliers, seek. He explores three case studies that prove his point, starting with how one customer expanded its supplier’s visibility into overall spend.

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March 14, 2019

An Evolving Theory of Procurement Motivation.

An Evolving Theory of Procurement Motivation.

The podcast series that’s all about minding your business in contract management and source-to-pay.

The new Determine ebook, The Procurement Maturity Curve: A Four Stage Hierarchy of Value, pulls together multiple perspectives in an attempt to better understand procurement’s maturity progression from savings and compliance all the way up to supplier collaboration. To bring a European point-of-view to this topic, I had a Determine OutLoud conversation with Eléonore Roucaute, Determine’s EMEA Marketing Manager.

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March 7, 2019

Three Ways Silos Hurt Your Business.

Three Ways Silos Hurt Your Business.

“What we have here is failure to communicate.”

Movie lines become legendary, and ingrained in our cultural makeup for many reasons. In the example above, it’s because it represents an all-too-common life experience and because what it describes is so pervasive. The same is true in source-to-pay organizations, where silos are as much about communication failure as anything else.

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March 5, 2019

The Procurement Maturity Curve: Collaboration is Value Creation – Series Summary

The Procurement Maturity Curve: Collaboration is Value Creation – Series Summary

Exploring procurement’s continuing evolution.

In this series of posts, we have looked at how procurement can have a greater impact on enterprise risk by starting our work sooner, keeping it top of mind throughout the whole contract lifecycle, and considering each category of spend from inside and out. It’s critical to embrace procurement’s impact on risk mitigation by focusing on risk earlier in the process, and by staying proactively informed throughout the term of the contract.

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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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February 19, 2019

The Procurement Maturity Curve – Managing Risk Inside & Out – Part 1

The Procurement Maturity Curve – Managing Risk Inside & Out – Part 1

In the past, we’ve taken a close look at how the procurement maturity curve affects its focus. Two recent posts addressed issues concerning the evolving role of procurement savings, information and technology. In this two-part blog series, we’ll consider supply chain risk in the context of procurement’s maturity. We start by looking at supplier risk and the available methods to monitor and mitigate it. Then we’ll examine internal vs. external sources of risk.

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February 12, 2019

Determine Contract Management App for Salesforce: Product Sheet

Determine Contract Management App for Salesforce: Product Sheet

Expanding the value of contracts by leveraging relationships on the Salesforce platform.

As the leading authority on all things contract related, The International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM) has a truer picture of the current state of contracts at any given time than anyone. As such, IACCM looks at the impact of contracts and the relationships they represent beyond just the legal department, and they are big proponents of using contracts as “living documents” to maximize the potential they hold to benefit all parties involved.

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