Part I: Why leading organisations build a knowledge base that is ‘Procurement Ready’.

Posted 05/02/2014

Spreadsheet Detectives or Category Managers? 

Do you find that having invested millions on your business ERP system (e.g. SAP, Oracle etc) that it’s outputs can really only be used to generate the P&L analysis for the business?

Do you find your ERP data is not complete, dependable or detailed source of data and a poor foundation for your Category Management process?

Do your Category Managers spend excessive time on seek and collection activities such as: 

•       Working with IT or Finance how to extract data in a usable format?

•       Compiling data from various sources, cleansing information and manipulating it to generate insights and visual  outputs?

•       Working with the technical stakeholders to gain access to their functional and personally held databases?

•       Honing pivot table skills to find information hidden in data? 

If your answers to any of these questions is yes, then you are likely to be suffering from a lack of ‘Procurement Ready’ knowledge and your Category Managers are forced to behave more like ‘Spreadsheet Detectives’.


To read more about our ‘Procurement Ready’ Knowledge Model you can download our insight guide here


Tagged by topic: Category Management

  by Mark Webb

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