Procurement Information Architecture Part 5: Workflow (System of Process)

In the previous installments of this Procurement Information Architecture series, we discussed how to use Analytics (here and here), Master Data Management (MDM) here, and a Portal Infrastructure (here) to provide a more effective overall Procurement information management capability.  

In this final installment, we’ll discuss some strategies for managing processes more effectively across a heterogeneous systems environment (Fig 1).

Figure 1 – Procurement Information Architecture


These strategies vary in level of implementation effort, but are intended to help bring more flexibility in overall system deployment, including dealing with the “ERP vs. Best of Breed” problem. The strategies are listed below, and then we’ll discuss them individually.

  • Segment processes intelligently to allow loose coupling
  • Use data standardization and integration standardization aggressively
  • Apply Lean principles to create standardized transactional ‘flow lines’ in sourcing and in Req-to-Pay processes
  • Use process integration rather than systems integration at higher process levels
  • Use “Global Business Services” and third parties to help
  • Use the concept of “Business Releases”

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