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Procurement Information Architecture Part 3: Analytics [Plus+]

The biggest predictor of success of procurement organizations’ ability to make the best technology/business trade-offs and ‘pick the right tool for the job’ is having someone within IT and within procurement who is specifically tasked with an architect role to ensure that procurement is able to attain the elusive ‘long-term quick-fix’ solution. If nobody is the designated driver, then decisions are, at best, sub-optimal. Having effective IT/procurement governance goes beyond this discussion, but it is a key success factor. For example, IT may have some budget (and sunk costs and unused licenses) that procurement may be able to access, and there might be a broader IT initiative that procurement can use to latch onto for its own purposes.

The SAP Business Suite and HANA (Part 3)

This commentary is based on the Spend Matters PRO analysis following SAP's (then-announced) acquisition of Ariba in the summer of 2012. There is no doubt […]

The SAP Business Suite and HANA (Part 2)

This commentary is based on the Spend Matters PRO analysis following SAP's (then-announced) acquisition of Ariba in the summer of 2012. Looking ahead, Spend Matters […]

The SAP Business Suite and HANA (Part 1)

Most folks using procurement technology would rather not get into the underlying bits and bytes of technology architecture, let alone the nuances of database technology. […]

Iasta: A New Analytical Orientation (Part 2)

Please click here for Part 1. As users work their way through the various configurable tabs in the Iasta Executive Analytics (EAS) suite, they might […]

Cortera – Looking at Supply Chain Risk Through the A/R Lens [PRO]

Cortera’s approach to assessing risk is built around the insights we can draw from an accounts receivables picture of a company, as assembled from its suppliers. The primary benefit of this picture is that it draws on data from a multitude of companies, and does not rely on any company self-reporting on its financials. This avoids the problem in pursuing GAAP data, which is hard to get from privately held firms and can be open to interpretation (and even manipulation). Instead, Cortera builds an aggregated A/R picture which tells a fairly straightforward story about what a company buys, from whom, and how quickly they pay their bills – and the trends and changes in these data points over time.

FusionOps – Business Intelligence for SAP in a Clever Package [Plus+]

FusionOps has cleverly worked its way around the traditional approach by setting their connector up on a workstation as an approved ERP user. They then tunnel the data back to their secure datacenter (SAS 70 Type 2 audited) where it is refreshed per contracted rate (e.g. every 5 minutes or so, many times per day) and made available over the FusionOps cloud solution. FusionOps then takes the client data and creates a plethora of best practice (per FusionOps’ ongoing market feedback) supply chain dashboards and reports based on the data set – hundreds of them – allowing clients to manipulate the data to their heart’s content. Ad hoc report building is also available in the solution. Self-service is at the heart of the solution.