A Procurement Manifesto: Article 1 – Technology in Our Personal Lives


I spent the better part of the first few months of the year wracking my brain to distill a lot of ideas – with the input of the Vroozi team – on a new procurement manifesto that spoke to how procurement and procurement technology will change to reflect the world we are living in today. The list of articles in the manifesto (which we may expand with further input in a second edition) currently stands at 20.

In the coming weeks, I’ll share each of the articles on Spend Matters and also offer up some additional thoughts as well. In the meantime, you can download the full essay here: Declaration of the New Purchasing.

Article 1

1) The technology we will adopt in our personal lives will be a reflection and extension of ourselves and will migrate to our work, even if it is not supported and embraced by employers.

While the idea is that each of the articles in the manifesto can stand on its own, we provide additional commentary as well. For article 1, we noted that:

"Technology has taken over how we live in ways that we could have never imagined even a decade ago. Our technology now “leads our lives” rather than our lives relying on technology. We consume social, sharing and mobile capabilities in ways that bring us closer to peers, coworkers and even strangers (e.g., Uber) to create new connections and paths. It is a natural path for this technology to follow us to work, which will change how we get our jobs done – even if is not officially supported or delivered by our employers."

Expanding on this idea, I was struck recently when looking at a friend’s new Apple Watch and how it already became a true extension of himself in a matter of weeks, including the ability to respond to updates and notifications based on a quiet “tap on the wrist.” The notion of supporting applications based on “wearables” in the workplace within procurement may seem far off – but it’s actually here today!

Voices (4)

  1. Nick @ Market Dojo:

    Article 1 is a great idea and something I wholeheartedly subscribe to. Not sure how well the iWatch will take off, given you need an iPhone5+ to make it function to any real level, but we’ll see. Watching Wax Digital invest in their Google Glasses app, only to see Google pull the plug on that iteration of the product, was a painful lesson to observe.

    Anyhow, bringing personal technology into the workplace is a must. So many great apps existing at home to make our lives easier. And it works both ways. There are some good tools at work that make our lives easier at home. For example I used our eSourcing tool to run a tender for my house extension. Granted if I were to try this with Ariba, I’d end up in a mess, but using a modern best-of-breed app, it made a huge difference.

    I hope our careers and personal lives can continue to learn from one another.

  2. Donna Wilczek:

    It looks like Coupa’s extension to Apple Watch supports article 1. Hope you saw today at Coupa Inspire how something that may seem “gimmicky” on the surface is actually an indication of rapid innovation, learning and product evolution. First, (days after Apple Watch ship) we introduced approvals of expenses, invoices and req approvals via Apple Watch. In July, you’ll have the ability to start your Coupa Smarter Trip tracker from watch and one touch expense suggested expenses right from the Apple Watch. More to come… rapidly. We’re looking forward to continuing to lead the industry with creative uses of wearables as we drive home our principle of 100% mobility.

  3. Pierre Mitchell:

    I doubt Apple is fearing the FDA. You can go buy a Pulse Ox device for $50. They are likely fearing the cost and brand damage of poor quality Pulse Ox like they had with their taptic engines.
    On the contrary, procurement in Pharma/device may indeed get raked over regulatory coals if they don’t manage supplier quality/compliance per 21 CFR Part 11 (and sub-part 820). If you stop shipping product because you/supplier get slapped with a 483/486, your CEO will not NOT be happy. In this case, CLM = ‘career limiting move’!

  4. Thomas Kase:

    Thankfully procurement isn’t raked over the regulatory coals by the FDA so we should see more invention. About the smart watches, I see the main benefit as the tie-in with the human body more than the (tiny) interactive display.

    I might get some kind of iWatch if it can truly provide useful biological health information – not so interested in the current state of affairs. I think I’d rather have a headless iSensor that sits on my arm, gathers data, and sends it to my phone, for further cloud analysis and benchmarking.

    Regarding providing insights into the body, there is a fuzzy line between what constitutes “health awareness” (which the FDA approves of) and what falls under “diagnosis” – the latter is an area the FDA will get heavily involved in.

    The Apple Watch might get there – currently Apple has actually intentionally crippled the watch’s bio-capabilities by disabling for example the sensor that reads blood oxygenation. Possibly because of FDA fears.

    Worst case scenario, future Apple Watches and their competitors might have to be entirely developed overseas and then sold as “novelties” in the US, we’ll see if our regulators can resist mucking up the creative waters.

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