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    How to Conduct a Spend Analysis in Seven Steps

    Spend Analytics

    JAGGAER understands the traditional roadblocks to spend management and how important it is to gain insight into operational ineffectiveness in order to improve your sourcing success. A spend analysis allows you to do just that.

    Here, we’ve outlined the seven steps necessary to conduct a proper spend analysis.

    Step One: Identify

    Identify all the sources available for your spend data, from all of your departments, plants and business units. This includesaccounts payable, general ledger, pCard, eProcurement systems, Etc.


    Step Two: Gather

    Gather and consolidate all of your spend data into one central database. This can be difficult if your data is in different formats, different languages ​​and different currencies, however there are programs available specifically designed to accomplish this.


    Step Three: Cleanse

    Clean your data. This includes finding and correcting errors in descriptions and transactions, as well as standardizing the spend data for easy viewing.


    Step Four: Group

    Group, or link, your suppliers for bettersupplier management. Purchases made from IBM, IBM Corp., or Cognos should all be grouped together, since they’re the same supplier.


    Step Five: Categorize

    Categorize your spend. Whether you use UNSPSC, eClass, or your own company-specific categories, you need to be able to determine where your money is being spent. Office supplies, marketing travel, legal, direct and indirect spend should all be categorized appropriately.


    Step Six: Analyze

    Analyze your spend data. Ensure that you have negotiated the best contract deals per supplier now that all of your spend is identified per supplier. Ensure that all of your buyers are purchasing from preferred suppliers. Reduce the number of suppliers per category.


    Step Seven: Repeat

    Repeat. Performing a spend analysis once is a great start to identifying savings, however you need to continually update your data to ensure that contract terms are being adhered to, that buyers are purchasing from preferred suppliers and that savings opportunities are being identified.


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