Procurement Insights from Nitor

Strategic Sourcing Checklist for the New Year

Posted by Artellia Warren on Nov 27, 2018 9:07:17 AM

December is almost here…the critical planning season.  Organizations are budget planning and goal setting for 2019. 

Typically, this is when leadership starts to challenge Procurement for savings targets, value forecasts and projects for inclusion in budget and resource planning.

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Topics: strategic sourcing, procurement consulting

Working Capital: The Link Between Procurement, Finance and Treasury

Posted by James Wilson on Oct 9, 2018 8:42:29 AM

Working Capital Context – Which parts of the Cash Conversion Cycle do Procurement, Finance and Treasury teams care about?

This blog is the first of a 3-part series focusing on how businesses can get started on an effective Working Capital optimization initiative.

There is an old adage that you cannot manage what you do not measure. In response to this conventional wisdom, numerous Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) have been developed in the core Working Capital functional teams of Procurement, Finance, and Treasury. The overarching goal in mind is simple: Strong Supplier Relationships AND Operational Efficiency AND Strategic Value. All three? That’s a challenge as each team has a different set of tactical and, at times, strategic goals, that often compete with each other.

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Topics: treasury management, treasury and working capital, procurement consulting, finance

Nothing in Life is Absolute

Posted by Ryan Walicki on Jul 17, 2018 9:00:15 AM

Agree or disagree with this overarching generalization, the fact is some things in life are not absolute. Take the case of automating your entire invoice volume (a promise rarely kept).  This promise is not broken out of misunderstanding, overselling or over-promising.  It’s just the reality of our time, when we want and expect a single solution to solve all our problems.

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Topics: invoice automation, procurement consulting

Realizing Value Through Procurement Transformation

Posted by Gary Stoddard on Jul 5, 2018 12:10:07 PM

On June 26th Nitor hosted a 1-hour webinar about how to best enable Procurement Transformation, titled: Realizing Value Through Procurement Transformation.

(If you were unable to attend the live event, don’t worry, you will be able to request access to the recording in the link below.)

The session, featuring Gary Stoddard, Partner at Nitor,  highlighted what it takes for organizations to realize true value when looking to transform their Procurement practices.

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Topics: procurement consulting, webinar, procurement technology, procurement transformation

Chasing the Cheese in the Ever-Changing World of Procurement

Posted by Artellia Warren on May 7, 2018 12:40:44 PM

Finding long-term success in the ever-changing world of Procurement can be a difficult task and often a moving target: markets, suppliers and internal business needs constantly shift, quickly making the winning methods of the past obsolete for maintaining future success. Many organizations have matured beyond traditional procurement measures that produced big wins via low-hanging fruit opportunities, however many still lag behind wondering, “who moved the cheese...again?” Today’s continuously evolving marketplaces demand a fresh perspective, sharp eyes, and the ability to adapt to change. Just as Spencer Johnson’s infamous book teaches us to “move with the cheese,” for Procurement leaders this same philosophy remains true: Adapt. We’ve compiled the top questions every CPO should be asking as they navigate the procurement maze to get and keep the cheese (also known as best total value) for their organizations.

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Topics: procurement consulting, strategic sourcing

Dreams Do Come True Webinar

Posted by Sean Sollitto on Apr 19, 2018 10:30:37 AM

On March 20th Nitor hosted a webinar specifically for mid-market procurement professionals, Accelerated & Affordable Procurement Technology Solutions for the Mid-Market.

(If you were unable to attend the live event, don’t worry, see the recording below.)

The session, featuring Sean Sollitto, Principal with Nitor,  highlighted how Procurement technology solutions have evolved to provide right-sized solutions for all organizations to automate and streamline source-to-pay processes.

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Topics: procurement consulting, Mid-market source-to-pay, Mid-market procurement, webinar, procurement technology

Five Questions Mid-Market Procurement Organizations Should Be Asking

Posted by Sean Sollitto on Feb 6, 2018 5:44:56 PM

All companies in the middle-market space are not created equal. Some are fast growth companies that quickly progress through the mid-market. Others are preparing for mergers or acquisitions, while still other companies are comfortable in the mid-market and intend to stay there.

All of these companies vary in many ways, but one challenge they all likely face is implementing procurement solutions and processes to save money and fund future growth. 

Within the past year procurement solutions have evolved to meet the needs of the mid-market. This core set of questions will help you determine if your organization is ready for a mid-market procurement solution.

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Topics: procurement consulting, Mid-market source-to-pay, Mid-market procurement

NitorAurora Delivers Fast Time-To-Value Procurement Results

Posted by Lynn Barras on Feb 5, 2018 12:02:05 PM

CLEVELAND, Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nitor Partners introduces NitorAurora, a source-to-pay solution bundling the best procurement software with turnkey services designed for fast time-to-value results.

Historically, source-to-pay technology solutions have been out of reach for many mid-market organizations due to high cost and scope. NitorAurora opens the door to these organizations, allowing them to realize efficiencies in their source-to-pay processes.

NitorAurora is also the perfect procurement solution for any size organization looking to take the first step in procurement transformation.

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Topics: Mid-market procurement, procurement consulting

Let the Data Speak and Listen!

Posted by Mark Dorow on Jan 11, 2018 11:47:34 AM

When the CFO states that your organization needs to save money, you listen! When your supervisor makes a “suggestion,” you listen! When your spouse tells you what he/she wants for an anniversary gift, you listen! When your favorite song plays on the radio, you listen!

When data speaks; DO YOU LISTEN?

An earlier blog posting, “Finding Opportunities in Spend Analysis” (May 24, 2016), focused on the mechanics of spend analysis in detail. As you go through these mechanics and perform the activities associated with sound spend data analysis, ask yourself the question, “What is the data saying?” or “Am I letting the data speak?” All too often, we don’t ask those questions and drive toward a pre-fixed solution regardless of what the data is actually telling us. Or worse, we force the data to fit a pre-determined sourcing strategy. Strategic Sourcing approaches are guided by the data and our ability to interpret the data, not the other way around. Remember, the key is to turn data into useful information.

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Topics: Supplier Management, procurement consulting, Spend Analytics

Empowering Organizations to Create Sustainable Value

Posted by Gary Stoddard on Dec 19, 2017 11:14:56 AM

Empowering Organizations to Create Sustainable Value - The Need for a Holistic and Integrated Procurement Environment

Gary Stoddard is a Partner with Nitor Partners, whose single focus is empowering clients to achieve Source-to-Pay excellence. Dawn Tiura, CEO and President of Sourcing Industry Group, got together with Gary recently to get his thoughts on creating sustainability and the need for an integrated procurement environment.

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Topics: procurement consulting, strategic sourcing

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