In technology, the term?ecosystem?Is used to describe a set of?platforms, software, solutions, etc.?that all work well together to derive more benefit for the users. Often the additional benefit is found through very well designed integration points or through efficiencies. In procurement, these ecosystems exist and create these same types of benefits for the users.
The typical?Procure-to-Pay?model can be used as an example of how an organization can put their procurement tools and practices at the center of their ecosystem.?Some?eProcurement providers, SafeSourcing included, offer integrated Procure-to-Pay solutions with a focus on procurement. As more and more organizations look to cost reductions as a key part of their strategic goals, this becomes increasingly more valuable.
Of course, many organizations have implemented or considered eProcurement in their sourcing, but from an ecosystem standpoint, many have not yet progressed to capture the additional value available. For example, an organization that utilizes eProcurement, but does not have their?contract management?tools within that same ecosystem often has a diminished return relative to the success of the contract management tool. When that tool falls outside of the eProcurement ecosystem, users may not receive timely notifications of key contract dates and financial losses related to renewals might be experienced.
Similarly, organizations?whose?eProcurement ecosystem also includes?cataloging?and?purchase order?capabilities will find that they have?a higher attainment rate of the initial savings created by procurement as well as tighter adherence to approved purchases throughout the life of the agreement.
These are just two examples of how to benefit from having procurement at the center of your ecosystem. These are certainly not the only two examples. To learn how you can get more from your eProcurement tools, contact a SafeSourcing representative.
Dave Wenig is?the Director of Sales, North America?at SafeSourcing.?For more information, please contact?SafeSourcing.
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