Your new eProcurement process should bring value even as you learn how to make it work better for you.
Today’s post is by Dave Wenig, Senior Vice President of Sales and Services at SafeSourcing.
Learning is a topic that has no shortage of sayings and idioms, and common phrases that refer to it. To name a few…
- “You learn something new every day”
- You can “learn the hard way”
- You can “learn from your mistakes”
- And, of course, you may experience a “learning curve”
The list could go on, but the point is that learning is a fact of life. In eProcurement, you will likely find plenty of opportunity to learn, but there are a few things that you can do as you get started to make sure you learn quickly and that you’re able to enjoy the benefits of your eProcurement process even as you’re learning. Here are a few thoughts on the matter so that you can learn from the experience of others.
The first one I’ll share is that it is absolutely possible to learn as you go with eProcurement. In fact, the best way to learn how the process works and what works best for you is to select some categories to start with and to begin sourcing. With SafeSourcing, we help our customers get off and running very easily because of our full-service SaaS model. That eliminates many of the typical barriers to entry that would prevent a new user from experiencing how eProcurement works and from getting the immediate value created when we reduce costs in those early categories.
Secondarily, I would note that you don’t need to learn anything the hard way. For customers willing to embrace eProcurement and are willing to be open minded in their learning, SafeSourcing can offer much guidance. From experience, the more closely you are willing to work with us and communicate regularly, the better your learning experience will be. We’d rather help you learn from the mistakes of other than your own and we’re going to guide you around the types of challenges and pitfalls that exist.
Like any subject, learning in eProcurement is an entirely subjective experience. From our perspective as the eProcurement provider, we can make learning a very easy process, but everyone learns their own way. No matter your learning style, just know that we’re here to make sure that you succeed.