Having a sound tail spend management strategy has never been more important than it is today. It’s a key differentiator – and competitive advantage – in a down economy in which cash is king and cutting costs is a high priority. Procurement teams can no longer rely on direct materials for savings—those costs have been negotiated to death.
We know that procurement is often a juggling act! We use decent supplier relationships, purchasing power, and any other tools in our belt to secure best payment terms, highest quality purchases at the lowest price, or indeed best value, to ensure vital continuity of supply against a backdrop of supply chains becoming ever more complex and volatile!
In this episode of the Sourcing Industry Landscape, Dawn Tiura interviews Nikesh Parekh. Nikesh Parekh is the CEO and Co-Founder of Suplari, an AI-powered spend accountability and financial performance system. Nikesh’s journey into procurement wasn’t a straight line.
In this episode of the Sourcing Industry Landscape, Dawn Tiura interviews Tifenn Dano Kwan. Tifenn Dano Kwan is the Chief Marketing Officer for SAP Ariba. Recently back from the Davos Conference, Tifenn discusses the key takeaways, including the role of technology and humans, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and the role of corporations in making a positive impact.
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.
In an interview with the Global process expert source-to-pay at Clariant SE and the Head of Global Shared Services Finance & Accounting Senior Vice President at Heraeus Holding GmbH, SSON collected some interesting insights about employees involved in change processes and the centralization of functions. Read all German language questions and answers here for free: http://bit.ly/SSOW-FSSC-Interviews
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) tools are being widely adopted across a wide range of enterprises and industries. By executing narrowly defined, repeatable tasks, RPA bots can drive dramatic productivity increases and significant cost reductions. For as little as $10,000 to $15,000 a year to deploy and maintain, a single bot can perform the routine, administrative tasks of five to ten people.