Procurement Optimization Blog

  • Effective Status Meetings
    November 8, 2016

    It is 2:55pm on a Friday. You pour yourself a cup of coffee to power through the rest of the day. You are already thinking about the weekend. At 2:58pm, you dial the call-in number to join the weekly status…

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  • Cloud Integration – Managing to Success
    October 12, 2016

    Have you ever experienced an integration scope that kept changing throughout the project implementation cycle or had project timelines that needed to be pushed back due to unconsidered use cases? These unfortunate incidents ultimately occur when integration requirement documents are…

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  • Supplier Enablement Success on a Global Scale
    September 19, 2016

    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 Supplier Enablement Success
    August 15, 2016

    One of the key success factors when implementing a new Procure to Pay (P2P) transformation is the imperative to connect electronically with suppliers. When working with suppliers to enable them to transact via a P2P system, there are a wide…

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  • The Importance of Meeting Notes
    July 12, 2016

    In business, projects are the building blocks of strategic advantage. And when it comes to projects, the most important goal is to complete them successfully – on time, within budget and with all the promises that were made. We all…

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  • You’ve been “Gotcha’d” – Now what?
    June 20, 2016

    It’s not unusual. After a lengthy selection process, your company has chosen a cloud-based solution that has garnered praise across the industry. All the higher-ups in the company are on board and think this is the best invention since sliced…

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  • Successful Global Platform Deployments: Executing Successfully (Part 2 of 2)
    May 23, 2016

    In my April 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’ & team members and agreed to success metrics, you are ready…

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  • Outsourced Services: The Next Big Challenge
    May 23, 2016

    Outsourcing represents a fundamental component of an organization’s cost management strategy. But in the delivery of complex outsourced services, there is often a disconnect between the prices negotiated during the procurement phase and the actual costs of what is delivered…

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  • Successful Global Platform Deployments: Preparing for Success (Part 1 of 2)
    April 18, 2016

    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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  • A $200 Billion Opportunity
    March 10, 2016

    The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) has confirmed that the Annual Contract Value of outsourcing relationships in global industry eclipsed $1 Trillion in 2014. Beyond the fact that this is an incredible milestone and validation of the strategy of…

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