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Friday, October 19th, 2018

The CIO’s Essential Guide to Modernizing Procurement


“Since modernizing sourcing and procurement will make all newly created data easier to integrate, starting with a solution that leans on AI is the shortest way from data to action… Modernize first. You can reap the benefits now, while planning for data consolidation later.”

For many CIOs and enterprise IT teams today, digital procurement transformation is a key business priority. And rightly so, given procurement’s increasing strategic impact on enterprise profitability and competitiveness. A structured, collaborative approach to digitizing the function can deliver faster, greater payoffs for both procurement and IT.

This Week’s Must Read features a report from GEP Worldwide. In this new report — The CIO’s Essential Guide to Modernizing Procurement — GEP and IDG share a 7-step approach to help enterprise IT teams digitally transform the procurement function. The report also shares strategies for effective CIO-CPO collaboration to enable and accelerate this change. It’s a must-read for all CIOs and enterprise IT professionals looking to enhance their strategic impact on the business through digital transformation.

Read on to Find out More: “The CIO’s Essential Guide to Modernizing Procurement “, from GEP Worldwide

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  • The Future of Customer Interaction : As consumers’ daily lives become more digital, their interactions with service providers are changing—be it with their telecom provider, their bank, their insurance company, or the online store where they buy their shoes. However, with many people still making this digital shift, personal phone-based interactions will continue to be valuable over the next five years, especially for sensitive questions that require a certain level of trust, such as payments.  | Morten Finslo, ATKearney
  • Modernize Procurement with Sourcing Optimization :Sourcing optimization solutions have been on the market for more than a decade — yet until now they have been niche, primarily used by sophisticated companies with high spend to minimize costs. However, new features and enhancements have recently raised the appeal of these tools for organizations of all industries and sizes that are looking to optimize their e-sourcing practices. | Sarah Hippold, Gartner
  • Why procurement must transform by 2020: Procurement in 2020 will look very different than it does today. This future world will alter existing assumptions and introduce emerging hazards. It will require additional skills, knowledge, and tools to address entirely new challenges while solving current ones more creatively. And it will likely change the very core of how companies look at procurement as an organizational function and an overall company competence.  | Brian Umbenhauer and Scott Sopher, Deloitte
  • Procurement 4.0: Are you ready for the digital revolution? Reflecting the effects of Industry 4.0’s cutting-edge technologies and data management on strategic and operational procurement, the additional concept of “Procurement 4.0” has recently emerged. What does Procurement 4.0 entail? And should it be the strategic compass for chief procurement officers in the foreseeable future? There are many opinions, and every company will ultimately require its own strategy and trajectory as it takes on both the challenges and the opportunities that come with advanced procurement.  | Reinhard Geissbauer, Robert Weissbarth and Jürgen Wetzstein, Pwc


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Hélène Laffitte is the CEO of Consulting Quest, a Global Performance-Driven Consulting Platform and author of “Smart Consulting Sourcing”, a step by step guide to getting the best ROI from your consulting. With a blend of experience in Procurement and Consulting, Hélène is passionate about helping Companies create more value through Consulting.

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