The Innovation Category

How Blockchain and Bitcoin Can Disrupt the AP Process — In a Good Way

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Spend Matters welcomes this guest contribution from Laurent Charpentier, chief innovation officer, Yooz Inc.

Blockchain. Cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin. These are certainly hot topics in today’s daily business news. It’s all still a bit of a mystery to most of us. It started with bitcoin (a cryptocurrency) in 2013 and the idea of a digital currency used to buy anything from music to cupcakes couldn’t have been more exciting — or more timely — as technology continues to advance at lightning speed. And blockchain is the platform used for verifying and recording transactions that’s at the heart of bitcoin, and is considered as having the potential to reshape the global financial system, among other industries.

State of Flux Releases SRM Report: What is Supplier Relationship Management Really? (Part 1)

What business doesn’t want more innovative suppliers? According to research from State of Flux, supplier innovation is a goal that eight out of 10 companies are actively working toward. From a study of 372 companies representing more than 25 industries around the world, State of Flux found that getting this innovation strongly depends on how well they manage their key supplier relationships. Put more simply, businesses need to master supplier relationship management (SRM).

3 Routes to Strategically Linking Procurement and Accounts Payable

When it comes to managing accounts payable processes, leading procurement organizations know that invoicing, supplier management and payments present both serious risks and strategic opportunities for the business. But while identifying risks is a logical first step to elevating the charter of accounts payable from back office workflow to strategic capability, best-in-class organizations know they must push the envelope of what AP can offer to truly enable long-term business success. To do that, procurement must ditch last century’s manual, paper-based processes and embrace an automated approach.

Is Strategic Sourcing the Best Route to Smarter Bunker Procurement?

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Gaurav Singh, consultant at GEP.

Since the internet became commercially popular in the early 2000s, companies have made attempts to change the way the market trades bunkers. We’ve come a long way since 2000. Now we’re used to conducting transactions online in our everyday lives and have seen the rise of the “digital ship.” But although shipping was expected to be among the first industries to embrace technology, it has ended up as the last one to adopt new ways of doing business.

‘Appy Procurement: Applying the AI-Powered Customization of B2C Apps to B2B Procurement Technology

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“There’s an app for that!” Well, of course there is. These days, there are apps for nearly everything in the B2C sphere. And B2B, including procurement technology, is gradually catching up. Solution providers are using artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies to make procurement “smarter” and more relevant to users. Last week, Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer at Spend Matters, and Paul Blake, senior manager of technology product marketing at GEP, held a webinar on this trend, appropriately titled “There’s an App for That: Procurement Gets Smarter.”

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Driving Sustainability and Compliance (Part 2): The Power of Social Media Voices in the Supply Chain

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This post is the second in a three-part series. Click here to read Part 1.

Social media gives voice to anyone looking for a platform: consumers and corporates, individuals and organizations. By enabling the democratization of instant worldwide communications, services such as Facebook and Twitter have created an overwhelming volume of unstructured data in a short period of time. While the development of social media voices is dynamic and continues to evolve without pause, businesses have yet to tap into its true power. What happens to these spontaneously created bits of data? Who is listening? Is there actionable value in the voices?

Traditional Workforce Models are Constraining Business Growth — But New Models Have Arrived

As discussed in Part 1 of this series, traditional models of workforce engagement continue to dominate and constrain organizations’ access to the talent they need. To break through this barrier, organizations must embrace and support innovation — doing new things. Increasingly, the place to turn for talent, growth and innovation exists outside of the four walls of the enterprise, and goes beyond traditional categories of consulting and contingent labor. This is especially true when it comes to tapping into specialized skills and expertise, many of which are required only for a limited time in targeted projects. But the landscape of new solutions is evolving rapidly. To see how, we provide some examples of different types of innovative human capital sourcing and discuss how procurement can use these tools to drive innovation and long-term growth.

How Procurement Can Deliver the Benefits of the High-End Gig Economy — Innovation

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Access to highly skilled, specialized talent is becoming a serious challenge for most enterprises. Overcoming this challenge begins with recognizing that a new model for sourcing and engaging this talent is emerging. But organizational adoption of these models is not as simple as a adding a new supplier, bringing up a new VMS or setting up an MSP or internally managed program. It is really a process of organizational change and innovation.

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AI, Machine Learning and What They Really Mean for Procurement and Contracts

Your contracts. Even though they govern all of your supplier relationships and deal with huge sums of money, they’re error-prone and are in dire need of meaningful controls. Procurement solutions don’t encompass contract management, and technology-enabled as they may make you may feel (especially compared with what you had only a couple years ago), leave you with the manual, administrative tasks that keep you from more meaningful work. Machine learning (ML) can automate those tasks, and use your contract data to deliver insights that will create tremendous opportunities for increased profit, efficiency, savings and accelerated growth without you lifting a finger.

Zycus Horizon 2017 Dispatch: Blockchain, Robotic Process Automation and the Cloud

At Zycus Horizon, I participated in two panel discussions, one as a “pinch hitter” and the other with some up-front planning. One centered on the impact of robotic process automation (RPA) and artificial intelligence on the future of procurement technology and the procurement function, while also tying in cloud, blockchain, the internet of things (IoT) and other disruptive technology areas. The other panel touched on these topics but emphasized the future of the user experience in procurement technology.

Can Procurement Save the Government?

Think about the role of effective government: defend the nation from risks and support the citizens, with minimum tax burden. And in a capitalist society that is of, by and for the people, the government needs to tap market innovations of the same people it serves to solve big problems, be it national security, healthcare or recovery from disasters. The same is true in commercial enterprises. Procurement in companies is chartered with bringing in innovations and helping defend the enterprise from external risks in the supply chain while also helping maximize value to demanding stakeholders.

Is Artificial Intelligence in Procurement Mostly Just Overblown Marketing Hype? Basware’s Eric Wilson Weighs In

In Part 2 of our conversation with Eric Wilson, VP of P2P at Basware, we touched on the inherent risks of computers making decisions that have historically been reserved for humans. While it may not seem as life or death in procurement as it is in the case of, say, autonomously driven Uber-Volvos being involved in rollover accidents, there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to massaging out the kinks. How much work, exactly? Are we in the full throes of the revolution, or in the eye of the storm? Enough with the metaphors — here’s the final installment of our conversation with Wilson.