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FEATURED CONTENT: Source One’s Insight Reports

Benchmarking White Paper

Benchmarking Report

This white paper outlines the importance of having access to benchmarking data in the sourcing process. This benchmarking report includes best practices, results achieved, sourcing process, potential benefits, and success stories.

IT Insights Report

IT Insights Report

This Insights report, sponsored by Corporate United, discusses the future of sourcing IT spend and reviews the best practices and benchmarking activities that leading companies are taking to ensure a properly managed IT spend category.

Marketing Services Sourcing Insights Report

Marketing Insights Report

Our Marketing Sourcing Insights Report documents the rise in Procurement’s involvement with Marketing and outlines the methods and practices Procurement can use to further collaboration with Sales & Marketing groups.

Supplier Relationship Management Insights Report

SRM Insights Report

Source One’s SRM report discusses the growing importance of optimally managing critical suppliers in modern Sourcing groups, and lists out the processes, procedures, and best practices your organization can use to deploy its own program.

Handbook for Procurement Transformation Assessment

Procurement Transformation Guide

Leveraging decades of procurement best practices and lessons learned, Source One shares wisdom on the initial steps of a Procurement Transformation in this landmark guide, making it easy to evaluate key procurement functions: People, Processes, Technology, and Metrics.

Advanced Analytics in Strategic Sourcing Insights Report

Predictive Analytics Insights Report

A major element in the evolution of Procurement is the ability to anticipate change and act with agility in controlling costs and reducing risk. This report sheds light on the advantages Procurement and Strategic Sourcing departments can enjoy by incorporating predictive analytic tools into their arsenals.

Seven Steps to BPO Success Insights Report

Seven Steps to BPO Success Insights Report

Misperceptions about outsourcing, particularly its complexities and risks, have kept many companies on the sideline. This white paper debunks some of these myths and provides an industry veteran’s list of the most important factors influencing success for Business Process Outsourcing.

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Redefining Procurement?BPO Insights Report

The traditional model of outsourcing for Procurement offers a limited return on investment, especially without strong governance and an eye for innovation. This paper explores how the next generation of BPO? offered by single-source Procurement Services Provider unlock greater value for the business.

Strategic Sourcing Throughout the Product Lifecycle White Paper

Product Lifecycle Sourcing

All too often, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement (SS&P) groups are brought in later in the Product Lifecycle to address immediate cost reduction needs, leaving opportunity on the table. Complete with case study examples, Source One’s Direct Materials cost reduction experts present the business case for involving SS&P groups at all stages of the Product Lifecycle.

Source One's 5 Pro Tips for Best-in-Class Organizations White Paper

5 Pro Tips for Impactful Procurement

The world’s top companies are turning to the procurement and strategic sourcing functions to deliver more than cost savings. In this white paper, Source One provides Procurement Organizations actionable tips on how to align with company-wide goals and achieve best-in-class status to become one of the elite.

Source One's 5 Pro Tips for Best-in-Class Organizations White Paper

Procurement Transformation: Then & Now

Procurement Transformation:Then & Now is the first installment of the Procurement Transformation: Industry Perspectives Series. Written by transformation expert Jim Baehr, part one surveys the past three decades in supply management and offers best practices to companies at every maturity level.

Part 2 of Source One's Procurement Transformation Series

Procurement Transformation: The Right Mindset

Why do so many Procurement Transformations come up short? Joe Payne and Phil Ideson offer some answers in Part 2 of?Procurement Transformation: Industry Perspectives. Procurement departments, they suggest, typically enter transformations in the wrong state of mind.


Procurement Transformation: People, Processes, Technologies

Procurement Transformations are complicated. While not every initiative needs to be sweeping, any successful one will take into account the interdependent nature of Procurement’s people, processes, and technologies. Naseem Malik (MRA Global Sourcing), Kelly Barner (Buyer’s Meeting Point), and Kristian O’Meara (JAGGAER) discuss these components and offer strategies for aligning their evolution.

Keeping Procurement's Momentum Alive Post-Transformation

Procurement Transformation: The Road Ahead

Does your organization want to see Procurement reach its full potential? Conducting a successful Procurement Transformation is just the beginning. Developing an optimal Procurement function requires unceasing momentum, constant attention, and an innovative spirit. Tom Rogers (Vendor Centric), Michael Lamoureux (Sourcing Innovation), and Diefo De la Garza (Source One) discuss what comes next for the ‘transformed’ Procurement team.

Measuring the Success of a Procurement Transformation

Procurement Transformation: The Last Word (For Now)

Jennifer Ulrich, Source One’s Procurement Transformation Lead bring Procurement Transformation: Industry Perspectives to a close with a few more insights on the subject. In particular, she focuses on the critical importance of reporting and metrics. These, she suggests, are essential for building Procurement’s business case, keeping teams motivated throughout a Transformation, and making Procurement’s evolution an enterprise-wide concern.

A Case Study in Source One's Procurement Help Desk Model

Enabling the Business with On-Demand Supply Chain Support

Today’s Procurement teams have a lot on their plates. Oftentimes, they require supplementary support to achieve their goals. The strategic nature of Procurement’s duties, however, mean that traditional support models are often ineffective. That’s why the spend management team at Source One introduced their Procurement Help Desk service model. In this whitepaper, the Procurement experts detail a successful Help Desk engagement with a Medical Device Manufacturer.



Building an Effective Procurement Organization Series

What does a world-class procurement organization look like? Source One’s Building an Effective Procurement Organization Whitepaper Series takes a systematic look at the core pillars of a Procurement team prime for the next era of supply management. Applying Source One’s transformation experience and expertise, the guide provides insights into the major considerations of Procurement’s People, Metrics, Processes, Tools, and Internal Role to help leaders shift their supply management function from a cost cutting unit and into the role of a strategic advisor for the enterprise.

Guide to Building an Effective Procurement Organization

Procurement in 2019

Reflecting on another unpredictable year, Source One’s spend management team also looks ahead to 2019. In?Procurement in 2019, the leaders in spend management address Procurement’s ever-widening skill gap, the value of ethics and sustainability, and more. What’s next for Procurement and Supply Chain Management? Download?Procurement in 2019?to find out.

Supply Management Predictions for 2019

MRO Demystified Series

Why do so many companies fail to optimize MRO spend, even after committing to reining in costs and establishing preferred supplier programs? There are numerous reasons; from missteps during the spend analysis process to a relaxed approach compliance tracking, despite their best efforts many companies fail to effectively reduce MRO costs. Addressing these and many other challenges, Source One’s MRO strategic sourcing experts break down a sustainable approach to managing the complex spend category of MRO.

MRO Demystified: Repairing the Traditional Approach to MRO Spend Management

Procurement Transformation: Industry Perspectives

Source One’s Procurement Transformation eBook collects insights and reflections from nearly a dozen Supply Management thought leaders. Throughout the five-part volume, these sourcing experts look at Procurement Transformation through numerous angles. Touching on Procurement’s ongoing strategic evolution, the appropriate mindset for Transformation, emerging supply chain technologies, strategies for recruiting and retaining the talent, and more,?Procurement Transformation: Industry Perspectives?is as comprehensive a look at the subject as you’re likely to find.

Procurement Transformation: Industry Perspectives

What’s Next for Procurement? 8 Trends to Watch for in 2018:

With global tensions on the rise, natural disasters left and right, and consistent advancements in supply chain technologies, 2017 was another turbulent year for Procurement professionals across the globe. Though unpredictability defined the last twelve months, Source One’s supply management experts remain confident that 2018 will see a number of ongoing trends continue. In uncertain times, it’s especially important for leading organizations to consider the potential value of a more strategic approach to sourcing. Whatever the future holds, investing in supply management will help your organization remain competitive.

What’s Next for Procurement?

7 Procurement Trends to Watch in 2017
With turbulent social and political conditions around the globe, it appears there’s no corner of the world that is risk-free from supply chain disruption. Recognizing the untapped value of strategic sourcing and procurement to mitigate risk,?leading companies have taken advantage of the past year to reinvest in their procurement and supply chain operations. While it may still be too soon to tell the outcome of many of the shifts that happened in 2016, there are still common themes across the industry in the strategies companies are taking within their supply management operations. ?Source One’s executive leadership team share their insight on what procurement trends to anticipate in 2017.

7 Procurement Trends to Watch in 2017

What is the Future of Procurement? Predictions for 2016:

Constant market changes have placed an increased pressure for companies to evolve and adapt to potential threats, leading many to turn to the procurement and strategic sourcing functions (both internally and outsourced) to remain competitive. We asked our executives to weigh in with their Predictions for Procurement in 2016.

What does Procurement 2016 look like?

Source One Procurement Survey Reports:

The procurement & sourcing industries have seen a major boom in recent years, and the effects of this growth have not been studied to any great length. Source One conducted its Procurement State of the Industry survey in the latter part of 2012, and is releasing the results of the Procurement State of the Industry survey through a series of monthly reports that will culminate in a white paper to be published in 4Q 2013. Click each link below to download each portion of the whitepaper.

Companies Face Limited Procurement Resources: Whitepaper (PDF) A variety of factors have procurement and sourcing departments seeing their workload increase and their workforce decrease. This paper studies the staffing health of procurement departments in organizations large and small.

The Roles of Education & Experience in Procurement: Whitepaper (PDF) What matters more for procurement career success: experience or education? This paper analyzes the career paths of procurement professionals whose experience ranges from zero to decades and whose education ranges from high school dropout to doctorates.

Department Size In Relation To Organization Size: Whitepaper (PDF) This document studies the departmental structures & savings policies that procurement departments implement as they, and their surrounding organizations, grow.

Departmental Visibility & Perception of Procurement: Whitepaper (PDF) This whitepaper dives into how procurement professionals believe they are viewed, in terms of the value they produce for the organization, versus how their companies actually view them.

Procurement Outsourcing, a Strategic Imperative:

Recent Aberdeen research, sponsored by Source One, reports that regardless of the choice to outsource procurement processes entirely or incrementally, companies have reported increase spend visibility, reduced spend, and improved service levels as a direct result of procurement outsourcing. Procurement Outsourcing: A Strategic Imperative?

Advanced Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Engagement:

Having a structured procurement process provides a framework that can produce sustainable savings in most procurement initiatives. However, creativity is critical in the application of the strategic sourcing process and will have dramatic effects on the results achieved. A Creative Approach to Advanced Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Engagement.

Strategic Sourcing in the Mid-Market Benchmark:

Most mid-size enterprises lack disciplined sourcing practices, category expertise, and spending power to negotiate and maintain competitive supply chains, according to a new Aberdeen Group benchmark report, Strategic Sourcing in the Mid-Market Benchmark: The Echo Boom in Supply Management. Aberdeen estimates that such deficiencies are costing mid-size firms in the U.S. $134 billion a year in missed supply savings opportunities. Read the Mid-Market Strategic Sourcing Report.

CFO View of Procurement:

CFOs have acknowledged the increased influence of procurement and see it as a growing contributor to corporate competitiveness. Initiatives that directly manage supply availability, transportation/logistics costs and escalating commodity prices are areas where procurement should play a leading role. Click here to download a PDF of the Aberdeen report.

What is a Procurement Service Provider?

The use of Procurement Service Providers is rapidly increasing due to increased awareness of the supply chain and changing global market conditions. Businesses have an increasing need to maintain and reduce costs without eliminating or adding resources. Procurement Service Providers may be contracted with to increase or supplement internal resources while keeping costs low. Read more about Procurement Service Providers.

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