Thinking outside the box of procurement

Thinking outside the box of procurement

There was a time when purchasing departments had their seat in a lonely basement office and only operated as “assistants” for other departments of the company. What matters today, is a high degree of networking with these other departments to ensure faster reporting lines towards the management.



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Where do the best interfaces lie and which tools allow a connected collaboration? Let’s take Social Media as our role model: Social Media offers web-based platforms which are used for communication and in the best case, enables us to broaden our knowledge via reciprocal information. The title of this whitepaper “Thinking outside the box of procurement“ was chosen deliberately because purchasing departments provide knowledge urgently needed in other business units. I’m not only talking about supplier databases but of tremendous amounts of material master data which is – in the best case - already well-structured into a standardized category tree (e.g. eClass or...