Standards for eInvoicing continue to push the AP revolution

eInvoicing Standards Continue to Push the AP Revolution

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With Brexit, trade wars, economic crises and recessions, 2019 has been far from boring. One of the measures governments often take to address tough economic conditions, by strengthening the collection of indirect and customs taxes, is to implement electronic invoicing mandates. New mandates announced or implemented in the last year include Italy, Greece and India, [...]

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Seven things to consider before implementing your SaaS solution

7 Things to Consider Before Implementing Procurement SaaS

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What is SaaS?  When you decide to deploy a SaaS solution for procurement, you are choosing the provider of a service. You don’t choose any of the server, storage, or networking specifics, and you don’t choose an operating system, or even a language to develop new tools in. Rather, you get an application, such as eProcurement or Supply Chain Management. However, you can choose the specific settings in the application, the […]

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Adopting an agile mindset in procurement

Why Procurement Needs a More Agile Mindset

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When it comes to delivering successful digital transformation, procurement needs to change its mindset. Apologies if that sounds a little provocative, but it is an opinion based on 20 years of experience that straddles both the procurement function and software implementation projects. A lot has changed in those two decades, on both sides. In the [...]

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AI for Better Supplier Collaboration: First, Get Your Data in Order

AI for Better Supplier Collaboration: First, Get Your Data in Order

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Most software vendors have taken an applications-driven approach to delivering solutions. They have identified the main challenges faced by procurement professionals and developed applications that address those specific challenges. This has brought benefits but not sustainable value, especially when buyers have looked for “best-of-breed” point solutions with limited interoperability. The result has been isolated applications, […]

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E-invoicing

How to Optimize Cash Management with a Portfolio Approach to AP Processes

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A centralized, seamless, process for your accounts payable team is integral to faster invoice processing in order to attain early payment discounts and avoid fees. This can feel impossible when viewing a diverse field of suppliers and transaction types, but it is entirely possible to offer your suppliers the flexibility they need while adhering to [...]

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CPOs are juggling procurement challenges

Why Procurement Simplified Is Much More than a Slogan

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Deloitte’s 2019 Global CPO Survey identifies the key challenges that procurement professionals are struggling to tackle. The biggest risk factors, according to the survey, are the economic downturn and deflation (cited by 42% of respondents), internal complexity due to M&A activity, organizational silos, non-standard processes (39%), managing complexity within mega-suppliers (37%), trade war (33%), managing […]

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Killing your compliance effort

The #1 Thing that Will Kill Your Procurement Compliance Effort

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You identified a compliance problem within your procurement process. You came up with a plan. You created PowerPoints and ROI spreadsheets worthy of an award. Your boss loved it. Now all you have to do is get everyone else on board. With a plan that makes such obvious sense, it should be a piece of […]

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AI to improve decision-making in sourcing and procurement

Artificial Intelligence to Improve Decision-Making in Procurement

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What Is the Best Way to Secure Sustainable Competitive Advantage from New Technologies? Until now the focus of attention has been process automation or augmentation. Our recently published report, “Digital Transformation in Procurement: How Close Are We?”, which is based on a global survey with responses from 391 CPOs and other senior procurement decision makers, […]

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waterfall and agile project for your procurement

Procurement: Waterfall Methodology vs. Agile Methodology

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There are many approaches to delivering a software solution but there are two main categories: waterfall, or traditional methodology, and the more recent agile delivery model. Learn the differences, and how to speed up the success of your procurement processes through agile implementation in our Get Smart webinar. Waterfall is so-called because it is a […]

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What's next for procuremnet?

What’s Next for Digital Procurement?

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Our survey of the global procurement community and the subsequent report, Digital Transformation in Procurement: How Close Are We? revealed heightened awareness of digital technologies and their potential to transform the procurement function, but little progress over the past two years. It identified a couple of key challenges. We dealt with one of them in […]

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