Continuing with our introduction to Sourcemap, as based on what my colleague Peter Smith wrote earlier this year on Spend Matters UK/Europe, we come to the largest real-life use case and deployment of Sourcemap. This example is Mars, which, as Peter likes to point out in his reminiscences about his first job there at the start of his career in procurement and supply chain, is still among the most advanced companies in the known procurement and supply chain world.
Peter begins his post Sourcemap and Mars – making a difference in the Cote D’Ivoire by quoting CEO Sourcemap founder and CEO, Leonardo Bonanni, explaining the V4C programs at Mars:
V4C includes multiple workstreams aimed at supplying better planting materials, training farmers in good agricultural practices, and investing in community-driven development projects across the Soubré region of Côte d’Ivoire. By 2020, the project aims to reach 150,000 cocoa farmers. Sourcemap is providing the central dashboard for the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of each workstream. Do improved planting materials raise cocoa yields? Will farmer trainings lead to widespread adoption of good practices? How do community-driven projects impact farmer livelihoods? The M&E dashboard will help answer these questions by providing a shared platform for monitoring every intervention and evaluating their impact on the surrounding communities.
The idea of the program, as Peter explains is that “program participants will enter data into the Sourcemap system, such as real-time progress indicators around community development projects. That data can be analysed, and can also be mapped, which sometimes identify trends or factors that aren’t immediately obvious from bare numbers.”
But there’s more to it than just that:
But as well as building this repository of data, there is also a social network side to this. Communities are given project funding, for new schools perhaps, and the platform is also used to share progress reports, pictures or even business case documents. This is networking, but also has a real educational element as well, with the cocoa program running side by side with developmental and educational goals … Different groups can see and access different things on the platform. Indeed, that is one of the product’s key areas of competitive advantage – different dashboards are developed to meet the various needs.
Stay tuned as we continue to cover Sourcemap in more detail on Spend Matters. In the meantime, check out some actual examples from Sourcemap screens below: