Survey Reveals Current State of Spend Control & eProcurement Automation as well as Transformation Plans

Report Highlights Findings across Private, Not-for-Profit and Public Sectors 
PROACTIS, a global Spend Control and eProcurement solution provider, today announced availability of a report summarising results from a June 2016 survey of procurement and finance executives who attended The Spend Control Summit held at the Emirates Stadium in London.
The report summarises the current state of automation across eight distinct areas of Spend Control and eProcurement Technology with breakdowns by private, not-for-profit and public sectors. It also provides a view of which of those areas organisations in each sector are focusing on for review and transformation today and over the coming year. Differences among the three sectors are compared and contrasted, and possible implications are highlighted.
“This report provides some very interesting insights into the current state of Spend Control,” said Rod Jones, CEO, PROACTIS. “It provides procurement and finance executives with a wide range of information against which they can benchmark their own current state and transformation plans.” 
The Spend Control and eProcurement areas covered by the survey included Spend Analysis, Strategic Sourcing, Supplier Information Management, Supplier Relationship Management, Contract Visibility and Management, Purchase-to-Pay, Invoice Receipt and Processing, and Electronic Supplier Commerce.
Although results varied significantly from sector to sector, a few key high level points from the report include:
  • The areas with the highest levels of current automation across all organisation are: Invoice Receipt and Processing, Purchase-to-Pay and Spend Analysis.
  • The areas with the lowest levels of current automation are: Supplier Relationship Management (along with the related area of Supplier Information Management), Contract Visibility and Management, and Electronic Supplier Commerce.
  • The areas most indicated for current or near-term review and transformation are reasonably aligned with those that currently have a low level of automation, except that Spend Analysis topped the list even though it already has a relatively high level of current automation. 
Overall, the number or organisations planning to focus on one or more areas in the near-term is incredibly high – suggesting Procurement is becoming more strategic and central to senior decision-makers change initiatives. A full 57% of the respondents’ organisations are focusing on review and transformation of at least one area TODAY and an even greater 77% of the respondents’ organisations plan to focus on one or more of these areas WITHIN 6 MONTHS.
Download the full report: Spend Control & eProcurement Technology Survey Summary
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