In part 1 of this series, we discussed the latest trends in procurement for the 21st century. Building upon that, we’ll now highlight some modern digital procurement technologies and help you choose the right ones for your organization.
As more organizations are leveraging procurement technologies to increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and respond to market demand, it’s no longer an option to ignore the various digital transformation tools if you want to stay competitive and improve profit margins.
However, with the many solutions on the market, choosing the right technologies can be quite a daunting task.
To get the most of your IT budget, you should first devise a clear digital transformation strategy to guide the selection of technologies for your organization.
Here are some tools to consider based on the latest trends in procurement technologies (which we discussed in part 1 of this series):
More and more companies are trying to reduce waste in an effort to become “eco-friendly.” But, any large institution will struggle with going completely green. Even when you’re conscious and mindful, it’s easy to generate a large volume of waste in an office or building with a large group of people.
In the most recent study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), commercial buildings were categorized and sorted in order of their energy consumption. They include, in order:
Offices (including government buildings and banks)
Mercantile buildings (stores, gas stations, malls, etc.)
Timesheet tracking has been around for years. Punch cards, clocking in and out, ID forms, paper forms, Excel – we’ve seen every variant.
But, these processes are tedious and HR departments struggle to manage them. They must organize, deal with and approve timesheets for dozens or even hundreds of employees at the same time.
In today’s business world, these old-fashioned methods are too time consuming and they waste company time. Optimize your company for the 21st century by automating long, manual processes. Timesheet management is a simple, relatively frequent, and time consuming process. It’s a perfect candidate for automation.
Through the years, we know that customers just want their data so they can use their preferred tools and methods to analyze it. As a result, our product strategy maximizes customers’ ability to push or export form and workflow submission data into other systems.
We provide a variety of connectors e.g. the SQL Database Connector, the Google Connector (Google Drive and Google Sheets), the File System Connector, the SharePoint Connector and others. While these connectors have varied capabilities , a common thread is that they can export your submission data into another system.
Talent is the most important determinant of success in the 21st century. Talent is scarce and the competition for the most in-demand skills is fierce. Retaining your best employees is harder than ever before. Attracting and retaining world-class talent has become a critical aspect of companies’ futures.
According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, more than one in three working Americans are millennials; more than any other generation in the labor force. By 2030, an estimated 75% of the workforce will be millennials. In order to stay competitive, you must engage with them now.
But, what are millennials looking for in companies today? Let’s take a look at some key aspects:
Recent advances in technology are creating profound impacts on many businesses activities. In particular, digital transformation is rapidly changing back-office operations such as supply chain management and procurement. Digitally transformed organizations increase efficiency, lower cost, and adapt to fast-evolving customer expectations.
To stay relevant, competitive, and profitable, businesses need to keep pace with new technologies. Procurement is no exception. New technologies facilitate e-procurement, contract repository, supplier performance management, spend analysis, supplier information management, AP automation, business networks, contract authoring, and more.
Everyone wants a smooth workflow. The word itself says it all. You want the work to flow as you focus intensely and produce results with minimal time wasted. Yet we all know that’s not how our workdays turn out.
Thankfully, there are tools you can use to get rid of distractions and time-consuming processes. Think of them as shortcuts that enable you to focus on your work rather than all the superfluous details.
A McKinsey report on social technologies found that simply by tapping into powerful applications, we can improve global productivity by 20 to 25%. The apps include those that can improve communication and collaboration between teams, saving time and improving performance.
HR departments have gone through some changes in the recent years. Their responsibilities have shifted to be more aligned with the company’s overall goals rather than simply managing benefits and records-keeping for the workforce.
Since talent is now the #1 challenge companies face, that means HR must focus on attracting, retaining, and developing the best talent. HR employees in a successful, modern company cannot afford to waste time on paperwork.
To stay competitive in today’s business world, HR departments must evolve to be fully business integrated and need to streamline processes.
Procurement. It’s one of the most core activities any business performs. Obviously, you must procure the raw materials and services you need to build your products. Otherwise, you can’t be a successful business.
Yet, procurement is persistently one of the most disorganized activities within most organizations. Often, that’s because procurement’s top priorities have not evolved to be in tune with the demands of a modern business.
It’s hard to blame the procurement department. After all, in many organizations they’re still stuck using Excel spreadsheets and email for routine processes. Without automation, employees are still spending a lot of time on paperwork. They don’t have the time to think bigger. About Corporate Social Responsibility or reducing everyday risks to the business.
Whether you’re a small or large business, process automation helps increase agility and sets your business up for success in the 21st century.
A typical organization deals with dozens of kinds of documents. These are everyday things like invoices, new hire paperwork, student records, 401(K) change request forms, contracts, purchase orders, absence records and so on.
Truth be told, you’re still likely to find large filing cabinets and folders filled with documents in many offices. People still print out their documents, stick them in a folder and put it in the corner filing cabinet. Of course, paper documents are hard to find, maintain, modify, send around etc. – the usual problems. They’re also vulnerable to disasters e.g. a fire could destroy years of information.