Procurement Optimization Blog

  • Thrive after Go Live – Not just Survive
    July 15, 2021

    “Surviving is important.  Thriving is elegant.” Maya Angelou said that. I am sure we all understand how this could apply to us as individuals, but the same message also applies to organizations. Thriving means being intentional about going beyond the…

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  • Fighter Pilot Tactics and the “Secret Sauce” for Success: A Change Management Blog
    May 6, 2021

    Introduction Change Management is often thought of as dealing primarily with communication and training throughout a project or program endeavor. While these are the two most visible aspects of Change Management, there are many more activities that need to occur…

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  • Release Management and That New Car Smell
    March 31, 2021

    Happiness is the smell of a new car; there – I said it.  Breathe deep – that smell carries the ‘I have made it’ pride of hard work and there is nothing quite like it.  By that standard, it may…

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  • A Paradigm Shift in Contract Life Cycle Management (CLM) Part 2
    February 22, 2021

    Our last blog took a closer look at the key principles of advanced CLM contract approval flows. To achieve high performance and shorten time-to-value for your contracts, standardization is key. The guiding principles for standardization include contract assembly, templates and…

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  • A Paradigm Shift in Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) – Part 1
    January 26, 2021

    Contract Lifecycle Management is quickly starting to take a front seat in procurement value realization. In recent years, contract lifecycle management (CLM) has advanced beyond authoring, negotiating and signing, into effectively operationalizing contracts. In this 2-part blog series, I will…

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  • The “Elastic Limit” of business
    December 11, 2020

    When you stretch a rubber band beyond its elastic limit, you never get it back to its original state.  I think we have all seen our businesses stretched to their “elastic limits” by the impact of COVID-19.  For example, we…

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  • Supplier Enablement Success on a Global Scale
    November 13, 2020

    Enabling 10,000 suppliers across the globe and incorporating them into a new procurement system is no easy task. While companies may be eager to load their suppliers into a new system and begin transactions within different channels, they tend to…

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  • The Personas of Procurement: Part 2
    October 29, 2020

    In last month’s blog installment, The Personas of Procurement: Part 1, we discussed how today’s procurement function has grown into a practice that delivers measurable and meaningful value for organizations. As we discussed last month, we’ve identified four personas that…

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  • The Personas of Procurement: Part 1
    September 15, 2020

    This is part 1 of a 2-part series The function of procurement has evolved. Modern procurement has proven to deliver more specific, measurable value to an organization than ever before. Years ago, procurement was viewed as a rubber stamp –…

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  • User Experience: The Key to Successful Adoption
    August 27, 2020

    Seeing a 2-year old child navigate an iPhone can leave a lasting realization of just how user-friendly the design is. Market leaders, like Apple and Amazon, create products that are so intuitive and easy to use that even a 2-year…

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