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Three Paths to a Successful Procurement Transformation: Path 2 – The “Stalled Initiative: Substandard Suite” Scenario

By Roshnee
In Procurement Technology
Sep 23rd, 2013

We covered path 1 – the Greenfield scenario in our last two blogs. (Click here to access part 1 and part 2 of the Greenfield scenario). This path explored the organization in which procurement was primarily a back-office function devoid of any strategic engagement.

Successful Procurement Transformation

Let us now talk about the next scenario – The “Stalled Initiative: Substandard Suite”

  • Current state – in this scenario procurement transformation was begun, but is now fully stalled. Procurement had invested in suite of solutions, but, for a variety of reasons, the solutions were not fully utilized and the early momentum was lost.
  • Key people considerations – many in the department would be familiar with the basic functionality of the procurement solutions, but, will have been burned by the investment of their time and energy into learning and using the substandard technology.
  • Key process considerations – with solution suite in place, the organization has been through a process-mapping exercise that has not yielded positive results. Process owners are likely to blame the technology for the failure.
  • Key technology considerations – one likely culprit for the failure could be that the solutions did not do what they were expected to do from a functionality, integration and usability standpoint.

Stay tuned as we cover few more points to be considered in the stalled initiative scenario.

Click on the download button below to access the part 2 – Built to Last: Three Paths to a Successful Procurement Transformation of the 2 part series on procurement transformation by Ardent Partners.

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Roshnee works with the content leadership team of Zycus. She regularly writes on procurement - trends and best practices, sometimes taking the off beat path to bring in a fresh perspective. She also drives the branding activities of her company. In her free time she enjoys hot cuppa coffee with the latest fiction book. She is an MBA in Marketing and a graduate in commerce.

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