Supplier Parent-Child relationship

Finding & acting upon supplier relationships:challenges and opportunities Procurement is an information game. The more and better-informed teams are, better decisions, faster response time and more efficient the organization will be in delivering value to the business. Identifying relationships across your supplier base and acting upon the identified relationships is an important element which derives…

Tail spend Use Case: Unexpected Insights & Takeaways

Tail spend: Use Case – Unexpected Insights & Takeaways There are many articles written on tail spend, on the importance of visibility from a compliance and risk perspective as well as on the value that procurement teams leave untouched. We agree with all the above and want to share our takeaways from a recent project…

Spend Synergy Finder

Integrate silos of spend without hassle Procurement organizations miss supplier consolidations, contract negotiations, or value generating opportunities (i.e., “spend synergies”) due to the complexity (time, dependencies, and resources) and associated costs of capturing, comparing, and integrating new spend data into existing spend cubes.   According to Ernst and Young (EY), both finance and procurement leaders…

53% of procurement organizations developed their own spend taxonomy, here is why.

Find a baseline aligned with the purpose

At first, this is going to be overwhelming in case there are no taxonomies in place. If that’s the case, our suggestion is to start utilizing one of the standard schemes (like UNSPSC) and start tweaking them toward your sourced products or services. This will be taking the burden off your teams initially and will be helping them to structurally scope and initiate tuning the spend tree. It is highly recommended to assign this responsibility to a team/group in the organization so all efforts can be coordinated and protected without any losses. The process of tweaking and getting into your organization’s spend signature could be lengthy and require a broad range of people with different expertise to share their years of knowledge each in a specific domain. Therefore, the continuity of this activity and leadership support is most essential (you can read our other blog on this topic “Continuous value generation with spend analysis”

Pick a software tool to allocate taxonomy to spend transactions

Obviously, all steps done above are meant to be used and depict a picture on the spend profile. Logically next step is to allocate your spend into boxes you created (your spend taxonomy). This is fairly easy to do if you have very limited products or services as well as have vendors. But for most companies with hundreds and thousands of products and vendors and daily new transactions spend allocation turns into a complicated operation. Therefore, you would like to decide and evaluate this decision every couple of years right from the beginning. If you fall under the first group, you probably need a spend repository and will be able to manage the allocation of spend with simple IF/Then formula in excel. However, if you fall under the second group utilizing a solution to manage this centrally is no question. In Mithra AI we are passionate and driven to facilitate this in a novel way not only for bigger companies but for smaller sizes and even individuals responsible for a spend portfolio.