Procurement Optimization Blog

  • The Global Digitization Mandate
    November 20, 2019

    Our world is digital. There is no question about it. Smartboards, smartphones, tablets, connected TVs, connected fridges – you name it! Our everyday lives have gone digital, but B2B business processes remain somewhat archaic as paper still reigns supreme over…

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  • Global Platform Deployments: Executing Successfully (Part 2 of 2)
    October 23, 2019

    In my last blog, I stressed the importance of “Planning and Preparation” before commencing a global implementation deployment. Now that you have a global rollout strategy, identified governance ‘layers’ and selected success metrics, you are ready to enter the next…

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  • Successful Global Platform Deployments: Preparing for Success (Part 1 of 2)
    September 26, 2019

    All global projects have unique challenges and here at The Shelby Group, we’ve had the opportunity to encounter many of them! When supporting our clients’ global deployments, we can easily pinpoint the ‘what to watch out for’ areas like taxes,…

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  • Direct Materials Through a P2P Platform: The Game of Communication
    August 21, 2019

    You’ve been tasked with implementing direct materials through a P2P platform. What does that mean? How do direct materials differ from indirect? I have come to learn that purchasing/invoicing for direct materials brought with it an array of complex use…

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  • 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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