Procurement Optimization Blog

  • Choosing the Right Deployment Model: P2P vs P2R
    May 22, 2019

    Investing in an E-Procurement system is a very important strategic decision for a company. It offers the opportunity to increase operational efficiencies, control spend, increase visibility and drive savings. Making this decision involves choosing the best platform for the right…

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  • Advisory Services: Building the Blueprint for a Successful Implementation
    April 24, 2019

    Procurement advisory services are a crucial piece of successful project planning. Why is that? Because as the old saying goes, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” There are challenges and projects ahead that you may not anticipate throughout the…

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  • Rethinking the Digital E-Procurement Organization
    March 19, 2019

    What should your procurement organization look like after platform deployment? One of the principle advantages of e-procurement platforms is that they take an all-encompassing approach to software design and functionality, incorporating best practices on an ongoing basis from a large…

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  • User Experience: The Key to Successful Adoption
    February 18, 2019

    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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  • Break Through with Procurement Operations
    January 18, 2019

    “A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery said that.  Benjamin Franklin noted, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  As a lifelong Red Sox fan, it pains me, but even Yogi Berra…

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  • Make Sure Go-Live Goes Right
    December 18, 2018

    In 1966, an advertising slogan first appeared for Botany suits that has since been re-appropriated many times: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Such is the case when launching the go-live pilot for your e-procurement…

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  • The Procurement Chasm
    December 7, 2018

    We’ve done it! As an industry of Procurement professionals, we have finally reached the tipping point – we have crossed Geoffrey Moore’s chasm1.  We have finally taken the “Procurement cloud” beyond Innovators and Early Adopters to the Early Majority. Leveraging…

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  • There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills – Mining for Data in Modern Procurement
    November 12, 2018

    Discovery The year was 1848.  James W. Marshall was a foreman working at a lumbermill in California when he spotted a shiny nugget in the mud.  Over the next two years, an estimated 300,000 people would migrate to California not…

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  • The Case for a Tax Engine
    October 11, 2018

    As Ben Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  This phrase accurately captures the inescapable burden of taxes. Paying taxes in procurement can be very complicated – a fact that…

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  • Planning for the Approval Circus
    September 12, 2018

    My wife tells me that I think about procurement too much during my off-time.  I shamelessly agree with her.  We were having date night and watching The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman.  The film is an interesting take on the…

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