Rube Goldberg is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complex gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. My father was a do-it-yourselfer to the max. Many times he would fix something. It may not be pretty but it worked. He would often say “Rube Goldberg would be proud of this!”.
In today’s procurement departments, over a period of time the solutions, processes and tools may have become a Rube Goldberg gadget. A smooth process kept getting added to and now has become quite convoluted. There is so much research, analysis, negotiation and contract work in one project that it is difficult to manage it all. Tools and solutions often are a hodge-podge that unintentionally contributed to increased timelines and complexity when no one really understands how it evolved to that. With so many owners, it makes it difficult for anyone to see the full big picture.
CPORising and Andrew Bartolini from Ardent Partners have put together a Summer of Sourcing series and this week’s entry takes a look the components in a full sourcing suite and what encompasses a fully integrated solution. Andrew Bartolini from Ardent Partners outlines the suite. Later in the series he will provide research on the various solutions available.
Some organizations think a sourcing tool is just for RFx’s and maybe auctions. However, it should have much more than that included. It should offer:
- Spend Analysis
- Contract Management
- Supplier Performance Management (“SPM”)
What solutions have you put in place? Do you have a Rube Goldberg process? Perhaps you have the full suite but it is not integrated? What would you recommend?