Financial institutions are playing a numbers game in the core of their business: they evaluate risks and opportunities of potential transactions and if the perceived benefits outweigh the associated risks they will agree to the deal. In the case of traditional banking, this is true for the credit approval process, whereas in the case of insurance companies, the correct evaluation of risk factors determines the conditions of an insurance policy. Like weather forecasts demonstrate, assessments of future events like risk factors or return expectations may occasionally be wrong.
Posted: 08/28/2018 - 04:54
Posted: 08/24/2018 - 11:27
If we mean what we say about transformation, we have to be willing to question everything procurement does and how we do it. While procurement clamors for ‘transformation,’ I sometimes suspect that we are secretly hoping the solution will actually involve the rest of the organization awakening to the brilliance of our wisdom, and that they—not us—will do the majority of the changing.
Unfortunately, that scenario is unlikely to play out in reality.
Posted: 08/21/2018 - 21:23
Automation within the job market is one of the key issues of our time. It often provokes speculation of a future resembling science fiction narratives that have been around for decades.
On the extreme end, there’s SkyNet becoming self-aware and a team of terminators hunting humans down. On the softer end there’s WALL-E, where humans don’t have to lift a finger and grow lazy as robots cater to all their needs. Either way, humans aren’t needed for work.
Posted: 08/20/2018 - 06:49
Ask 10 people “What is digital transformation?” and you are likely to get 10 different answers ranging from smartphones to artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things (IoT). No matter how you define it, the digital transformation is here and it is having a significant impact on every organization and its networking requirements.
Posted: 08/19/2018 - 05:57
“Tail spend” represents a significant cost for large enterprises. While comprising a relatively small portion of total cost, the drip-drop accumulation of spend by large numbers of small, non-strategic suppliers making ad hoc and one-time purchases adds up to represent a sizable sum. The issue is exacerbated by inefficient contract management, cumbersome payment processes and a lack of automation.
Posted: 08/18/2018 - 07:19
“How do we bring the ‘Amazon effect’ into our organization?” many executives ask. Amazon is changing how consumers view the world; procurement professionals cannot afford to ignore consumers’ perceptions of how simple business-to-business (B2B) interactions should now be.
Posted: 08/18/2018 - 05:38
Perhaps more than any other category, the involvement of human capital in construction sourcing is paramount when it comes to outcome success or failure. The sheer volume of manpower involved in the overall process — from the acquisition to engineering to materials supply chain to hundreds of craft labor involved in the actual build — puts the management of relationships in critical focus. There is a reason that only 5 percent of construction projects meet their budget and schedule targets.
Posted: 08/11/2018 - 00:55
In recent years, the art and science of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) has evolved from monitoring metrics around systems and applications to a focus on business outcomes and business performance. Rather than measuring server uptime or network availability, customers want insight into how efficiently they’re shipping orders and executing transactions.
Posted: 08/10/2018 - 23:39
In the first half of this series, we covered the importance of collecting crucial information regarding your software spend, user details and requirements. The next step in the process is analyzing the data to understand the available next steps and points of negotiation. But, before you head into negotiations with your respective vendors and break out the pen and paper to finalize the contract, be sure you’re aligned with your stakeholders.
Posted: 08/04/2018 - 02:18