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How Procurement Protects Your Most Valuable Commodity: Your Time

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With more websites and online companies competing for your attention, you’re faced with information overload that can result in an increase in time to find the data you’re actually searching for. So how do you cut down on the amount of time wasted when searching through page after page on the Internet? One of the ways procurement will be tasked with giving all business users back valuable time in their day will be streamlining the process of searching for information.

Bringing Procurement Briefs to the Entire Organization

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One of the biggest themes of this blog series has been how procurement will benefit from the increase of information. However, all of this increased intelligence won’t be beneficial to the average business user if they aren’t guided on how to use it. A 4 year old behind the wheel of a car will not be able to see the benefits that a fully licensed driver would.

The next wave of procurement will involve giving internal buyers and external suppliers the guidance and lessons they need to become better at procurement themselves. As procurement professionals move into the role of teacher, they will enjoy moving out of the role of babysitter. Instead of wasting time on administrative tasks, correcting other user’s mistakes and working in an inefficient system, all users of the company’s procurement system will have the education they need to work efficiently and make critical business decisions regarding procurement.

What to Do With Purchasing Information Provided by the Internet of Things

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Smart refrigerators, smart watches and smart cars – the Inernet of Things makes all this possible. It has offered consumers a whole host of innovative solutions, but what can it do for businesses, specifically procurement departments? Could these unprecedented sets of data offer buyers and procurement leaders insight into when certain items are needed? Could it give insights into employee buying behavior and preferences – whether they prefer to shop via laptop, phone or tablet? Whether they compare prices across suppliers? Whether mobile-advertised discounts change their buying behavior?

The answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes.

How ‘Always-On’ Connectivity Improves the Buying Process

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Vroozi. As Spend Matters and Vroozi wrote in their jointly produced research paper Declaration of the New Purchasing: A Buying Manifesto: “Always-on” connectivity and visibility into activities will yield step change improvement in how and what we buy. The era of “booting up” or “launching” an application to conduct activities is dead. Always-on connectivity means activities will follow us, such as receiving alerts on a smartphone or mobile device rather than having to log in and access a dashboard. This will change procurement activities and buying by providing insight based on role, location and need into different sets of activities and speeding up all processes, from approvals for requisitions to contract implementation that will allow us to implement savings more rapidly after sourcing events.

Say Goodbye to Closed Systems with New Purchasing

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Vroozi. As Spend Matters and Vroozi wrote in their jointly produced research paper Declaration of the New Purchasing: A Buying Manifesto: "Closed systems – by design or by technology limitation – will fade and user choice will facilitate an accelerated natural selection away from proprietary applications and networks and those that simply fail to interoperate. Closed system environments will turn users off by limiting choice. Much as Yahoo failed to become the online e-commerce portal – not to mention search tool – of choice because of its proprietary systems, Amazon succeeded because of its open architecture that allowed all participants (tech users, suppliers, distributors, customers, internal Amazon businesses, etc.) to “plug in” via open and published standards."

‘New Purchasing’ Will Bring New User Interface Requirements and Experiences

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Vroozi. Harking back to the same adage of “less is more,” the masked complexity in a user interface (UI) represents not just the future of procurement platforms, but the future of all technology. With all of the modern technology turning the wheels behind the scenes, the front-end UI should be a clean, simple, and elegant presentation. This “anti”-interface will become the norm because the days of the busy UIs are already obsolete. Today’s cloud solutions make it so you no longer need to remember how to navigate a complex UI because your mobile device is able to take charge for you.

Declaration of the New Purchasing – A Buying Manifesto

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Vroozi. As Spend Matters and Vroozi wrote in their jointly produced research paper Declaration of the New Purchasing: A Buying Manifesto: Article 7 – Even as procurement masks complexity, it will still show us the optimal path, continuously adapting to the world around us as things change and as we buy. Procurement will become the WAZE of corporate functions, guiding the business (from individuals to business units) through periods of uncertainty and adapting strategies and tactics as the world changes. Much of these changes will be transparent (ideally) to business users, stakeholders and end customers. But procurement will be operating in the background with the equivalent of its own “traffic monitoring” tools, GPS and predictive models – making everything, as close to as much of the time as possible, transparent.

Less is More in New Purchasing – Reducing Complexity in Procurement

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Vroozi. Have you ever heard the expression, “less is more”? Sure, you have. But often, that sentiment is easier said than done. As things become more complex, “more” tends to become “even more.” For many organizations, a growing operation is a sign of success – but a breeding ground for more complexity. Why should it have to be this way? With all of the technology around us that we use every day to make our lives easier and more efficient, some of those efficiency tools must translate to our enterprise tasks, right?

New Purchasing Technology: Using Tools That Delight Rather Than Distract

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Vroozi. Before smartphones, many mobile phone models required you to push big, bulky buttons in order to dictate an action on your phone’s screen. There were no touchscreen capabilities. There were few graphics. There were few bells – and even fewer whistles. Today’s phones can render beautiful images from Internet sources and advanced digital cameras. They make it possible to voice chat, text chat and video chat. They can store vast amounts of music, video and photo files. Digital personal assistants can input or retrieve information from your phone for you, or they can search the web on your behalf.

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Elegance And Simplicity of New Purchasing: Mobile Payments

Spend Matters welcomes this Sponsored article from Vroozi. Are you still working harder, not smarter? Are you still drawn to solutions that make procurement and other business functions more complicated than they need to be? As Vroozi professed in a recent article about its jointly produced paper with Spend Matters, called Declaration of the New Purchasing: A Buying Manifesto, “complexity will yield to elegance and simplicity.” But, how does that “elegance and simplicity” lead to innovation? In this post, we’ll explore how even the concept of payments has become more elegant in the world of New Purchasing.

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Bringing Elegance and Simplicity to Problem Solving and Enterprise Technology Adoption

Spend Matters welcomes this Sponsored article from Vroozi. There’s an old expression, “Don’t work harder; work smarter.” Old as it may be, this is one of the adages of New Purchasing: The answer to complexity does not have to be more complexity. Is this not the reason for enterprise technology? Organizations adopt solutions that enable their employees to work more quickly, more efficiently and with better organization. Really, this is the same reason that many people adopt technology in their personal lives, as well.

How Personal and Business Technology Use Intertwine: Introducing New Purchasing

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Vroozi. In our personal lives, we use our mobile devices to make purchases and requests for service; why should this stop when we walk (either physically or virtually) through the doors of our workplace? New purchasing means shopping for our business needs the same way that we shop for our personal wants. Think about how you spend your day. Think about how many seemingly mindless, menial tasks you do regularly that are now enhanced by technology. We understand that the majority of these capabilities weren’t even available 5 or 10 years ago. Technology has continuously revolutionized the way we live. It has reinvented the wheel. And technology continues to shape the world of procurement.