Extending Procurement Information Architecture to Provider Ecosystems (Part 1)

Cutting Through Vendor Noise – Applications vs. Networks vs. Platforms

In our previous series on procurement services provision and information architectures (herehereherehereherehere and here) we discussed the importance of thoughtfully designing various architecture elements such as MDM, analytics, workflow, portal infrastructure, etc. to re-frame overall information capabilities beyond the traditional provider-led “module-menu” approach.

Simply put, the idea is to loosely couple these capabilities so that they can be iteratively improved (and switched out as needed) while they squeeze more value out of the fragmented information topologies that litter the enterprise landscape. The coupling of these capabilities can – and should – create situations where the sum of a set of assets greatly exceeds their individual contribution elements.

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