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Three Paths to a Successful Procurement Transformation: Path 3 – The “Slow Initiative: Death by a Thousand Point”

By Roshnee
In Procurement Technology
Sep 27th, 2013

In the previous blogs in this series, we explored the 2 different paths to procurement transformation – the Greenfield scenario for the organization in which procurement was primarily a back-office function and the Stalled Initiative: Substandard Suite path for the organization that had already begun with the transformation process but is now fully stalled.

The Slow Initiative Death by a Thousand Point-Path 3

Moving ahead to the third path – The “Slow Initiative: Death by a Thousand Point”

  • Current state – in this scenario, the procurement transformation was begun, but has failed to achieve its initial goal. The procurement department has generated some success via the deployment of one or more point solutions but ultimately, the department lacks cohesion and appears unable to get to the next level of value.
  • Key people considerations – there will be top performers and laggards on the same team working on the same things and managing the same processes and stakeholders. One issue may be the lack of a clear and shared vision for the department.
  • Key process considerations – the process problems may not be global in nature, but rather at the sub-process and user level. While every process should be streamlined in the new program, the emphasis should be on improvement and not simply change for change’s sake.
  • Key technology considerations – the issue is whether or not a point solution can add value to entirety of the source-to-settle process. A lack of cohesion across the current systems is now or soon will be a major hurdle to driving more value.

Stay tuned as we explore few more key points on this last path to procurement transformation.

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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