Procurement Optimization Blog

  • Beyond “Amazon”
    December 11, 2017

    As procurement professionals, I think we have all had enough of the valid complaint from our business colleagues that the office “shopping experience” doesn’t quite match up to what they experience as consumers. This goes beyond “I can buy that…

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  • Five Essential E-Procurement Operations Capabilities
    November 30, 2017

    A wealth of information exists for companies contemplating the launch of an e-procurement platform. Yet learning about the capabilities needed to support ongoing operations has been extremely difficult–until now.   Our latest eBook, E-Procurement Operations: Post-launch capabilities to ensure your…

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  • Five Principles for E-Procurement Integration Success
    November 20, 2017

    Integration ranks among the top challenges companies encounter on the road to procurement automation. One reason is that successful integration of your e-procurement platform requires bringing together different technical and business stakeholders, each of whom are focused primarily on their…

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  • Implementing CLM for Effectiveness
    November 13, 2017

    CLM Defined: At its core, contract lifecycle management (CLM) is about being proactive. It is about managing all elements of a contract, from initiation and authoring, to awarding, compliance and maintenance. A proactive approach allows for an organization to focus…

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  • Six Secrets to Successful Supplier Onboarding
    October 24, 2017

    There is a long-running debate in management circles about which is more important: strategy or execution. When it comes to supplier onboarding, there is no debate. Execution is everything. It is a “make or break” process for enabling the success of your procurement transformation initiative. While more and more…

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  • Streamlining Procurement
    October 9, 2017

    With school back in session, it is always a challenge to work out a routine to get everyone dressed, lunches made, bags packed and kids out the door to the bus.  The early morning chaos is enough to make every…

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  • Global Procurement Rollout – Not Your Typical Cookie Cutter Design Implementation
    September 8, 2017

    Procurement project implementations can be tricky business but it gets even more complicated when companies have a global footprint. The truth is, while it is important to standardize as much as you can in an effort to create consistency and…

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  • Procurement AND Payables – A Prerequisite for Success
    August 14, 2017

    “Where are you going?” It’s a question we consistently ask our clients, our platform partners and ourselves as we continue to lead our clients in platform enabled procurement optimization. The answer often starts with “What do you mean?” and more…

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  • Leveraging Prototypes to Enable Effective Platform Design Sessions
    July 7, 2017

    It’s Sunday morning and you’re pushing a cart through the cavernous aisles of the local Costco, overwhelmed by all the options and commitment that the product sizes demand. Do you love Nutella enough to buy a 2-pack of super-sized jars?…

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  • Supply Chain Transformation That Builds Brighter Futures for Vulnerable Children
    June 12, 2017

    Have you ever had that moment in your career where you really felt like you accomplished something special?  Something beyond just positive feedback in your performance review or maybe a little extra bonus in your pay.  I am talking about…

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