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Obsessed with how companies manage, spend and save money, Jason writes about procurement, trade and supply chain issues @ Spend Matters. He has significant first hand experience developing and marketing technology and services products, has advised numerous companies on sourcing and related techniques as well as M&A pursuits.  In previous lives before tech, he was a management consultant and merchant banking analyst.

One response to “Friday Rant: Supplier Networks Have Failed Us”

  1. Dylan Persaud

    Have they really failed us ? Looking at the state of where supplier networks are and their current functionalities it seems the shortcomings exist on the organizational side. Companies are still using antiquated processes and systems to make purchasing decisions and not properly collaborating across the enterprise. The supplier networks such as Ariba and other ERP vendors that understand the big picture and use their systems as tools to alleviate and automate processes but understand where procurement fits in the overall structure.

    Lack of a formalized method, lack of automated processes and collaboration to leverage existing data to streamline the entire process is often misundertsood.