Procurement Optimization Blog

  • Post Implementation Support Part 1 – “Go Live is Coming”
    January 12, 2017

    “Winter is Coming.” Popularized by the HBO series “Game of Thrones”, this statement is meant to convey the need for preparation for expected events. Not too different from preparing for a Go Live. War rooms, dedicated phone lines, Help Desks….

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  • A Present for Procurement (and the rest of the company!)
    December 12, 2016

    From our perspective at Shelby, it seems that our industry has finally gained traction with “moving to the Procurement Cloud.” We define “moving to the Procurement Cloud” as the implementation of some or all of the core functions of Procurement…

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  • Effective Status Meetings
    November 8, 2016

    It is 2:55pm on a Friday. You pour yourself a cup of coffee to power through the rest of the day. You are already thinking about the weekend. At 2:58pm, you dial the call-in number to join the weekly status…

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  • Cloud Integration – Managing to Success
    October 12, 2016

    Have you ever experienced an integration scope that kept changing throughout the project implementation cycle or had project timelines that needed to be pushed back due to unconsidered use cases? These unfortunate incidents ultimately occur when integration requirement documents are…

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  • Supplier Enablement Success on a Global Scale
    September 19, 2016

    Enabling 10,000 suppliers across the globe and incorporating them into a new procurement system is no easy task. While companies may be eager to load their suppliers into a new system and begin transactions within different channels, they tend to…

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  • The Supplier Enablement Success
    August 15, 2016

    One of the key success factors when implementing a new Procure to Pay (P2P) transformation is the imperative to connect electronically with suppliers. When working with suppliers to enable them to transact via a P2P system, there are a wide…

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  • The Importance of Meeting Notes
    July 12, 2016

    In business, projects are the building blocks of strategic advantage. And when it comes to projects, the most important goal is to complete them successfully – on time, within budget and with all the promises that were made. We all…

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  • You’ve been “Gotcha’d” – Now what?
    June 20, 2016

    It’s not unusual. After a lengthy selection process, your company has chosen a cloud-based solution that has garnered praise across the industry. All the higher-ups in the company are on board and think this is the best invention since sliced…

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  • Successful Global Platform Deployments: Executing Successfully (Part 2 of 2)
    May 23, 2016

    In my April blog, I stressed the importance of “Planning and Preparation” before commencing a global implementation deployment. Now that you have a global rollout strategy, identified governance ‘layers’ & team members and agreed to success metrics, you are ready…

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  • Outsourced Services: The Next Big Challenge
    May 23, 2016

    Outsourcing represents a fundamental component of an organization’s cost management strategy. But in the delivery of complex outsourced services, there is often a disconnect between the prices negotiated during the procurement phase and the actual costs of what is delivered…

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