6 most painful mistakes in spend analysis

SammeliSammalkorpi.jpegWhile procurement leaders increasingly turn spend data into a competitive advantage, laggards continue to repeat painful mistakes.

You may have noticed that spend analytics is a hot topic right now. According to Deloitte's Global Chief Procurement Officer Survey 2018, the majority of CPOs across the world expect analytics to have the greatest bearing on procurement over the next two years. As a provider of spend analytics software, Sievo has been busy and has seen more interest than ever from both private and public organisations to get their spend data into shape.

As leading procurement organisations find new opportunities to turn spend data into value, others repeat the same painful mistakes. Sammeli Sammalkorpi, VP: Customers and Co-founder of procurement analytics solutions provider Sievo, highlights the top six mistakes that you should avoid making in your spend analysis projects.

5 factors that cause your organisation's travel spend to be out of control

DianaAkchurina_100.jpgProcurement travel managers have a whole host of issues that they need to take into account: from cost, efficiency and payment processing to data security, service reliability and employee safety. Diana Akchurina, business-to-business professional at Gett, a taxi-hailing app that operates in the USA, UK, Russia and Israel, discusses five factors that make travel one of the most difficult operating expenses to control.

Join us at Smart Procurement World KZN in June to hear more on global trends around procurement's role in influencing and managing spend. Ian George will discuss global economic trends and the opportunities they present to procurement.

What is sustainable procurement?

EmmaBerthold_100.jpgWhat, exactly, is 'sustainable procurement'? What should purchasers be looking out for and what should product manufacturers do to ensure that their products measure up?

Good Environmental Choice Australia's (GECA's) Emma Berthold weighs in on what sustainable procurement really is and what purchasers should be looking out for.

How much can procurement change on its own?

KellyBarner_100.jpgThree ways in which collaboration can create procurement transformation

Procurement has been trying to make changes to its processes, priorities and brand identity for years. Our suppliers want us to be more open to contact and implore us to conceptualise out-of-the-box ideas. Our internal stakeholders want us to move faster and let their input play a larger role in supplier selection than merely request for proposal performance. Distributed buyers want speed, convenience and autonomy. Finance wants more savings that they can track all the way to the bottom line, and marketing and human resources mostly just want us to go away.

"But what about procurement? What do we want?", asks Kelly Barner, Managing Director, Buyers Meeting Point, an online resource for procurement and purchasing professionals.

Leadership Profile: Dr Faith Mashele

FaithMashele_100.jpgThis month SmartProcurement profiles Dr Faith Mashele (MCIPS, MBA, PhD), from the Tshwane University of Technology.

Full name: Faith Mashele

Position: Financial Director: Expenditure

Your organisation's procurement expenditure: R1.1-billion

How can data improve supplier decisions?

BenGoldwasser_100.jpgThe transportation and logistics industry has mountains of data available, and experts encourage carriers and their customers to embrace data-backed business decisions. Ben Goldwasser, a business development professional at Spendrix specialising in risk analysis, business administration and technology issues affecting the transportation and logistics industry, takes a brief look at using data to improve supplier decisions.

Bringing demand planning to board level

JohannesGiloth_100.jpgThe telecommunications industry is evolving at tremendous pace. Nokia predicts that in 2025 the number of connected devices in the world will have risen from less than 10-billion to around 50-billion. These will include machines such as cars and household appliances that will communicate with each other.

"Today, most data sets are generated by human beings; in the future much more data will be generated by intelligent machines that will talk to each other. The volume of data is exploding and so too is the demand for real-time communication. This will require different hardware and software solutions and will have a massive impact on the supply chain," says Johannes Giloth, senior vice president of operations for Nokia Networks.

Giloth sat down with Supply Chain Movement's Helen Armstrong to describe the challenges of operating in this extremely dynamic and competitive marketplace.

PMI indicates manufacturing stabilised in April, but at a depressed level

Headwind_100.jpgThe seasonally-adjusted Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose by 2.2 points to reach 47.2 index points in April. This was the first increase after three months of decline.

Remaining below the neutral 50-point mark, the PMI is more or less in line with the average recorded in Quarter 1 of 2019. "This means that factory conditions stabilised at a fairly depressed level at the start of Quarter 2", said the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) in a statement.

What can board games teach us about procurement?

GordonDonovan_100.jpgThere are several parallels between games and business strategy. Gordon Donovan (FCIPS), Group Director: Procurement and Supply, Epworth Healthcare, wonders what we could learn about procurement from games and, as such, takes a look around the world wide web to find out more.

Join us at Smart Procurement World Western Cape on 9 & 10 April to understand "procurement board games". Ian Russell (founder of Disrupting Consultancy, ex-CEO of BCX and a former CPO of Telkom, SABMiller and Absa) will discuss what procurement leaders should grasp now to become board-ready

Don't treat your employees like suppliers

KateVitasek_100.jpgThe war for talent is 20 years strong and has changed the way companies recruit and retain talented employees. While great strides have been made in how companies treat employees, many are still in the dark ages when it comes to how they treat their suppliers.

Just how backwards? Well, what would happen if employees were treated like suppliers are every day? This is the question posed by Tennessee University Professor in Supply Chain Management, Kate Vitasek.

Supply chain management can transform the solar sector

OforiBoateng_100.jpgOn the back of heavy electricity load shedding across South Africa in February and March 2019, the potential of solar energy has been widely discussed.

The fact is that Africa receives more hours of bright sunshine than any other continent on Earth.

The Department of Energy reports that South Africa averages more than 2 500 hours of sunshine per year − average solar-radiation levels range between 4.5kWh and 6.5kWh per square metre in a single day.

Interestingly, Ghana receives similar levels of sunshine per year as well as similar levels of solar radiation. Consequently, the country is pushing renewable energy and thus it is a rapidly growing market.

Ghana's ambition is to generate 10% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, which would equate to approximately 500MW, enough to power about 100 000 households.

"It is a big task and supply chain management has a role to play in all of this" says Dr Ofori Boateng, CEO, Strategic Power Solutions (SPS).


 

 

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