According to their press release, Oracle’s PeopleSoft eProcurement 9.2, “will allow your requesters and your procurement department to be more productive and effective”.  Now while that is a pretty basic statement, we decided to take a quick look at eProcurement 9.2 to find out what it had to offer.

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eProcurement 9.2 has a functionality implemented called Transparent Punchout, which allows users to access the online catalogs of their suppliers (Internal Catalogs, Web Catalogs, External Catalogs) while at the same time remaining in their requisition pages. The process is transparent to the user even though the eProcurement 9.2 module is punching out to the supplier website and pulling the data back into the system allowing for a smooth, seamless transition from step to the next. So whether you are utilizing and internal or external catalog, the user can tell no difference. In turn, the buyer is able to more efficiently do their job instead of dealing with multiple catalogs in multiple designs.

eProcurement requisitions store price adjustments from the source regardless if they are related to a particular contract or specific requisition. The benefit is that your purchasing department receives greater in-depth details with respect to price adjustment history, the source of price adjustments and to create detailed reports with respect to price adjustments based on contracts.

eProcurement 9.2 features Secure Enterprise Search (SES) which allows users the power to search for items across all available PeopleSoft applications an organization is using.  The “search engine” allows the use of use of specific “search categories” to allow users to find exactly what they are looking for.  For example, a user has the ability to perform a search based on a specific category with respect to the search instance.  If the user doesn’t specify a category, the search is then performed against all the categories available in the PeopleSoft applications.

As with most eProcurement systems, eProcurement 9.2 utilized what they call “role actions” within the requisition area.  Depending on your assigned role within the system, the buyer can perform actions based on categories including Requisition Line Details, Requisition Access, Requisition Display and Requisition Search.

eProcurement 9.2 also offers approval level functionality on a wide variety of well-known mobile and tablet devices.  Approvers are able to create journal entries, PO’s, expense reports, requisitions, etc.  In addition, they can easily approve or reject a transaction depending on their assigned role actions.

Usability Across Multiple Devices

Aesthetically, eProcurement 9.2 offer a mobile responsive experience, allowing buyers, approvers, etc. a consistent display experience across all devices.  No longer are mobile users stuck with the difficulty of having to widen and narrow their device screen to view key items.  With Fluid User Interface Requisition functionality, requisitions can be easily created on the mobile device or tablet without usability issues.  Also, the before mentioned catalogs are as easy to view as Amazon.com is on mobile devices.

 

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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