Generate Value through the CPO-CIO Connection

At first, digital transformation may sound like yet another buzzword making the rounds. However, it is actually a crucial process in the present-day business world. The need to modernize, digitalize, and automate various processes has become the norm for practically any business wishing to remain competitive. Because of it, certain roles within a company have become significantly more prevalent and strategic than they used to be. Among such roles, two stand out: the chief procurement officer and the chief information officer. With IT spending on the rise, it is more important than ever to ensure your company makes the most…


Moving Towards Digital Procurement

Moving Towards Digital Procurement We live in a digital age. When it comes to business, modern times and technologies have brought many new opportunities and challenges with them. Digitization of processes can be a tremendous boost to virtually every aspect of a present-day company, but only if you have the means and strategy to truly embrace it.  Procurement is no exception. Manual Procurement Digital technology has saturated almost every layer of the modern business but certain areas tend to resist the more advanced aspects of it; procurement is one. Sure, everybody uses email, but for many procurement departments much of…


Spot Buy Catalogs are Broken

Given the breadth of products and supplier relationships that procurement is in charge of, strategic procurement is not always possible. Many companies either don’t have the time or the capabilities to make all procurement strategic. Consequently, this is where unplanned spot buys come in. But what is a spot buy? Spot buy is a purchase that is unplanned, often considered “emergency” or a one-time buy. Just like with any other type of spend it is important to keep spot buys in check. Due to their nature, many companies struggle to control these purchases and it negatively affects their bottom line.…


Technology that Enables Procurement and Finance

The procurement and finance departments of your organization are two sides of the same coin. This is especially true in the context of the purchase-to-pay (P2P) process. Yet despite that, in most cases the two departments don’t seem to collaborate as closely as they should. This isn’t a new problem by any means, but it is one that could have a negative effect on your company’s bottom line. There are many ways to overcome it, including the implementation of new strategies to improve communication between your employees. But one important factor should not be ignored, the how technology can improve…


Benefits of Procurement Automation

How Procurement Automation Can Benefit Your Business With the rapid development of new technologies in the last decade, businesses in various fields have taken steps to implement process automation systems into their daily operations. Procurement processes are no exception, including automated Requests for Quotes (RFQs) and vendor contracting activities. Skeptics might see this as an attempt to decrease the need for human labor, but that’s far from the truth. In fact, automation only helps reduce the time and labor needed to perform some routine, repetitive processes. At the same time, it frees your staff to perform more complex and demanding…


3 Indirect Procurement Challenges

Despite keeping costs under control, many companies fail to achieve their desired level of profitability. This can happen because procurement departments are unaware of just how important indirect procurement is for running a profitable business. Understanding Indirect Procurement Indirect procurement, also known as indirect spend, represents the purchasing of goods – usually services and supplies – that help keep the day-to-day operations at a company alive. With direct procurement, the entire cost goes toward production, which is why companies are usually more aware of it. Indirect spend is somewhat invisible compared to direct spend because it helps keep everything running…


New Processes Needed

For many years, the internal processes for making purchases were fairly straightforward. An employee created a purchase form which was submitted to the procurement team and finance department. After receiving approval they could purchase what they had requested from any supplier and would submit the invoice to the department. Despite being an easy process in theory, decades of paper invoices and lack of oversite in addition to budgetary inconsistencies have created many systemic issues for procurement organizations. Spend has increased greatly and it is not uncommon for companies to have vendors registered with no actual history of purchases. Fortunately advances…


The Digitization of the Public Sector

Over the past few years, cloud-based computing and storage have been known as ‘the next big thing’ for companies spanning across all industries. It stands to reason that adoption of said technology has been rapidly expanding. The ‘cloud’ not only centralizes data to a secure location, but also allows read and write access to information with just internet access, and supreme collaboration among others. The growing prevalence of such technology has prompted various public, federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense, to procure contracts that will assist the agency with updating their current technology. The JEDI Contract The procurement…


Leveraging Advanced Analytics in Procurement

Here at FairMarkIT, we understand the importance of data in making informed decisions. Insight into the needs and wants of customers are better understood through usage statistics. Data is especially important to the procurement field, sophisticated technology that is able to harness the power of big data, such as machine learning, will be of ever growing utility. An article published by SourceToday highlights the importance that data prediction techniques will have in the future, especially for procurement and supply chain organizations. In fact, it is projected that data creation -- which is currently at 20 zettabytes -- will balloon to 160…


Skills for Successful Leaders in Technology

Great leaders excel in creating goals that are specific and compelling, to reach these goals they foster collaboration and innovation within their team. However, being a great leader isn’t one size fits all -  each industry and department comes with their own challenges and intricacies, and technology-dependent departments are no different. To be successful in technology, it is important that leaders: Delegate, delegate, delegate. Given the breadth of knowledge required to be successful in IT means that one person can’t do it all. Leaders need to trust their people and surround themselves with teammates who compliment their strengths, as well…