Sometimes we have procurement projects where the project goals are undermined by Dickensian thinking. David Parmenter in his book Winning CFOs writes that the paper-based processes deployed in the accounts payable function are akin to operating in Charles Dickens’ era.
Author: Steve Howcroft
I think everyone has seen and read the story about using drones to deliver your shopping. And it is not an April fool’s day prank. It looks real enough. The Jetsons have arrived.
I have had the pleasure of being involved in the evolution of the new Excel add-on for IPOS electronic procurement for SunSystems, iPOS XL. It will be released as two components, the first release supports requisition creation and the subsequent release will support invoice creation.
I have posted a number of blogs exploring how to describe what XMPro is. But I tend to continue to be dissatisfied with my explanations. Sometimes the answers you are looking for are so close they could bite.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting and talking to the CIO of a multi-national company about his future needs. He was sure that he had no need for BPM because if he did he would use the ERP workflow!
Recently Professional Advantage ran a survey of 25,000 iPOS procurement users worldwide. The survey posed the question “If your organisation had an objective to decrease the accounts payable (AP) effort by x days per month, what would you target to achieve this objective?”
In a previous post, I sought to be able to explain XMPro; simply, without the techno speak, and how it can make a positive difference to your business. I spent last weekend walking a portion of the Great North Walk. This was my opportunity to refine my explanations of XMPro.
Professional Advantage implements and services a business process management (BPM) solution from XMPro. But can I easily explain what XMPro does for an organisation to a CEO who is not a black belt, triple degree BPM expert? No.
Scanning invoices in an attempt to reduce procurement effort is like ordering a faster fax machine because your current model is too slow. Why not get rid of the fax machine?
I have recently been privileged to participate in the process of product selection by two best in class organisations. It is my experience each time you deal with such organisations you always have learns and are reminded there is no substitute for doing a process properly.