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Procurement Strategy for an Unpredictable World

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The future of procurement strategy is data driven. In fact, it should already be a reality in your organisation. I don’t believe this is something I have to convince you of. We all accept it. My question is: are we actually using data correctly? Do we really understand what data…
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The Spend Profile: It’s Time You Got to Know Your Own Company

No, procurement officers, it’s not your imagination. People are staring. All eyes are on you. Hellish 2020 may be over, but now it’s February 2021 and companies are desperately trying to identify areas of cost-saving opportunity while shoring up a teetering supply chain. It’s time to step into the breach.

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Voice Activation & Bot Purchasing: Welcome to the Future of Procurement

Back in 2016, Gartner predicted that “About 30% of searches will be done without a screen by 2020”. The following year, Oracle suggested that a significant portion of the sales executives are either already using chatbots or planned to use them by 2020. Well, it’s 2020, so how did these…
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COVID-19: Transforming the Procurement Landscape

Procurement in the era of COVID-19

Working From Home memes have gone to a new level since the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of them focus on the lack of work being done when the boss isn’t around to look over our shoulder, which is one reason why companies have been loath to embrace the work from home…
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Digital Alignment: The What and the How

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A lack of communication kills many things. From relationships to profit margins, misinterpretation and silence can lay waste to nearly all aspects of human life. It’s frustrating, because it’s fixable. Failed IT projects account for $14 billion in losses every year for the world’s biggest 500 companies, and it’s all…
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The Rise of DataOps: The Competitive Edge You Need

“Decision makers are used to making judgments. Any CEO understands statistics at a gut level, because that’s what they do every day. They may not know the math behind it, but the idea of collecting evidence, iterating on it and basing decisions on this is intuitive for executives.”  Paco Nathan…
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Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: What’s the Difference?

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What’s the difference between artificial intelligence and machine learning in procurement

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