Most people who have used any sort of business software offhandedly consider the importance of maintaining quality data, but few make it a priority. Too often in my world, organizations will meticulously enter supplier information into a spreadsheet and dust off their hands. They see ongoing data quality as a difficult to achieve “nice-to-have,” accept the risk of bad data, and carry on with other business demands, fingers crossed. Not everyone realizes, however, the magnitude of that risk, especially around supplier data.
In the world of procurement, there is always another crisis right around the corner. Time and time again, the industry has been rattled by various disruptions and forced to reconsider how we will weather the storm better than we have had in the past.
Global trends, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have taught procurement professionals the value of identifying supplier red flags and mitigating the risks they may pose before it’s too late. To do this, some organizations are making local buying their top priority, while others are committing to consolidating their supplier lists or further diversifying as their needs demand.
The COVID-19 pandemic created a crisis of epic proportions and left leaders in every industry scrambling to react. Procurement leaders across the globe saw the weakness in their supply chains and needed to reinvent their ability to manage the data in order to make critical decisions. In fact, according to a recent survey by the Institute for Supply Management, upwards of 75% of companies saw supply chain disruptions in the wake of COVID-19.