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Where are CPOs focusing their time, effort and investment this year? WNS Denali finds out

WNS Denali

Procurement advisory and managed services provider, WNS Denali, has released the results of its “Procurement Pulse Check for 2021” benchmark survey which it carried out in conjunction with Procurecon. The report looks into the strategies of CPOs for 2021 and where they intend to focus their time, effort and investment. Having surveyed more than 100 procurement executives (of which 60% hold global roles) from around the world and from varying industries, it shares the common themes from the data collected to give other senior procurement executives a benchmark as they face the months ahead.

They gathered CPO perspectives on the priorities in their organization today, the priorities in their organization for the future and the critical investment areas for the year ahead. They then asked respondents to rank these priorities across a number of initiatives, namely: strategic business alignment, digital transformation, operating model and talent. Here's what they found.

Don’t Miss These 4 Pearls of Wisdom from a Leading CPO, If You Want to Be a Great One


Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Naseem Malik, managing partner at MRA Global Sourcing. I recently had the opportunity to attend a Procurement Leaders forum where a renowned CPO shared his top four attributes that made him successful over the course of his four different CPO assignments with four different companies and industries. It was straight talk that came across as authentic and highly informative on what this CPO learned and what his advice would be for the upcoming executives in the profession. He approached it from a top-down perspective, i.e. how to win support from top management to enable and ensure success as a CPO. Without further ado, here are the top four pearls of wisdom shared by this CPO.

Are We Solving the Right Problem with Supplier Risk Management?

Supply risk is almost always at the top of the CPO agenda (and if it’s not, it should be). Most organizations focus on supplier risk elements that are relatively easy to implement, such as supplier financial risk management, which is a good start. It essentially helps monitor supplier viability through the lens of the financial statements (assuming you can get them from your private suppliers too). But, supplier financial risk management only goes so far. It does provide an "assurance of supplier,” but it doesn’t necessarily protect your assurance of supply from that supplier. We have a handy diagram that illustrates this concept.

Knights of the Procurement Round Table Ask: Should CPOs Use Consensus Decision Making?


Brand new, hot-off-the-press research from our sister site, Spend Matters UK/Europe, Should CPOs Use Consensus Decision Making? takes a long, hard look at what has proven to be a successful method in business over the past 2 or so decades, and whether or not it should apply to the procurement function. Get your copy today!

The Staples-Office Depot Merger: How Should CPOs Respond?


Over on our sister site, Chief Procurement Officer, we recently started a series analyzing what a merger of the Big 2 office supply firms, Staples and Office Depot, would mean for buyers. If your company has substantial US operations, you’ve likely sourced office supplies from either of these 2 firms, and the ramifications – and learnings – for CPOs go far beyond the proposed deal.

Thinking (about Procurement) Fast and Slow with Daniel Kahneman (Part 2) [Plus+]

Our last article introduced Daniel Kahneman’s brilliant “Thinking Fast and Slow” book, which explains how our thought processes work. He is a psychologist, but won the Nobel Prize for economics as his work explained how humans really think and behave, which turned out to be quite differently to how that was treated in classical economic theory.

Does Procurement Need a PMO? Best Practices and Tools for Project Management [Plus+]

A number of us at Spend Matters originally came from a consulting background where the project management office (PMO) function is an essential component of larger projects, especially around systems implementation or large-scale procurement and sourcing projects impacting a wide range of functions and individuals across a company. As background on the topic, Wikipedia defines a PMO as “a group or department within a business, agency or enterprise that defines and maintains standards for project management within the organization.”