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Wednesday,April 10th, 2019

Procurement: Riding the Transformative Digital Wave


“With the advent of the digital age, expectations for procurement are no longer confined to the contribution to the bottom line. Backed by real-time access to market data and trends, procurement can offer valuable information for top-line strategic decisions.”

As businesses race to adapt to a new modus operandi in the face of disruptive technology, procurement leaders are using digital tools to capture both bottom-line efficiency and top-line growth. For businesses, digital is no longer only about using technologies to capture value. In today’s rapidly evolving environment, it is a powerful force for top-line growth, bottom-line efficiency, and radical business transformation.

This Week’s Must Read  features an insight piece from AT Kearney, in which the consultants discuss why it is important for procurement to move beyond bottom-line efficiency in order to survive in this new digital reality.

Read on to Find out More: “Procurement: Riding the Transformative Digital Wave“, Keat Yap, Young Han Koh, and Chee Chiew Wong, AT Kearney.


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The world economy enters the new year with good momentum, presenting procurement leaders with an opportunity to deliver greater value through innovation while continuing to deliver cost reduction and managing risk.



  • The Building Blocks of Sustainable Procurement: Procurement — a major part of any organization’s budget — is being integrated with sustainability, which involves making purchase decisions that both meet a company’s need for goods and services, and minimize the environmental impact. The importance of this framework has increased in recent years, with new ISO certifications being offered to companies that are making sustainability a part of their procurement process.  | GEP
  • Ten trends shaping the future of procurement : Digital technologies will enable a stronger procurement capability in years to come. Embracing the future introduces a new way of working for clients. In this article, 10 trends are identified that might shape the world of procurement for years to come, check them out. | Niul Burton, EY
  • Industry 4.0: How digitization makes the supply chain more efficient, agile, and customer-focused -The supply chain today is a series of largely discrete, siloed steps taken through marketing, product development, manufacturing, and distribution, and finally into the hands of the customer. Digitization brings down those walls, and the chain becomes a completely integrated ecosystem that is fully transparent to all the players involved — from the suppliers of raw materials, components, and parts, to the transporters of those supplies and finished goods, and finally to the customers demanding fulfillment.  | Stefan Schrauf, Philipp Berttram, Pwc Network
  • From a patchwork of solutions to unbroken digital thread: There was a time when businesses seeking to streamline their procurement operations, particularly the labor-intensive aspects of sourcing, purchasing, and contracting/payments, would purchase software applications narrowly focused on one of those areas.  | Patrick McCarthy, SAP Ariba


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  • The Rules of the Consulting Resume : Once you’ve set your sights on consulting as a career path—and figured out what type of firm you would like to work for—the next step is to get your resume ready. | Alexandra Nuth, Brightside
  • 7 Recruiting Trends That Will Continue Into 2019: Last year several new recruiting tactics were introduced. This year, we’ve seen them adopted and implemented. And many of these modern methods will shape the hiring process in 2019.  | Direct Consulting Associates


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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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