Well, it’s Wednesday again and that means another review of, and link to, a free supply chain whitepaper.

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Unlike the first two Whitepaper Wednesday posts, which highlighted Next Level Purchasing whitepapers, today’s featured whitepaper comes from Sourcing Innovation and Emporion. It is called “Integrated End-To-End eProcurement: The Foundation For Spend Management Success.”

This whitepaper begins with a quick review of the basics of what eProcurement is and is not. It then defines “end-to-end eProcurement” and discusses the benefits of integrating what some organizations treat as separate parts of the procurement process.

While there is no shortage of focus on the technical aspects of eProcurement, there were some interesting nuggets of advice for successfully implementing eProcurement systems and driving adoption, such as:

  • “Understand the drivers for change…Make sure there is a clear understanding of the inefficiencies, costs, and problems the organization is currently facing, as well as the improvements the system will bring.”
  • “Re-engineer business processes with cross-functional teams…because the processes need to work for all affected parties, not just the day-to-day purchasing team or accounts payable organization. In addition, it’s the best way to make sure colleagues throughout the organization understand the system and the benefits it can bring.”
  • “The best way to insure the system gets used is to convince management to base part of everyone’s performance evaluation, and the criteria for bonuses and raises, on procurement system utilization metrics.”

It’s a pretty extensive whitepaper and I can’t cover the whole thing, but you can download your own copy here.

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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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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