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eProcurement - Pedigree or Mongrel? (Spend Control Demystified – Part 9)

Charlotte Sutton
Charlotte Sutton,
PROACTIS
It is very easy to be misled into thinking you are looking at a single fully integrated Spend Control and eProcurement solution, when you are not.
It is very easy to be misled into thinking you are looking at a single fully integrated Spend Control and eProcurement solution, when you are not.

The ‘user interface’ hides many sins, making everything look the same on the surface, whilst nothing could be further from the truth.

The commercial pressure on software developers to deliver the full scope of Spend Control solutions, both in terms of software applications and technology platforms, has led to numerous acquisitions to speed up the time to market.

The result is that whilst you may possibly get a common ‘look and feel’ the software can be made up of a number of different eProcurement products, developed using different tools and delivering a number of different databases.

Should you worry if it works?

Simply put, it is not easy to tightly integrate products that have a completely different heritage. This type of strategy also requires a number of different skill sets to enable on-going development, modifications and enhancements.

This further involves considerably more cost than the one-off payment required for a package from a single development of software; these costs will be passed onto you during the lifecycle of the solution.

Mistake: To assume that what looks the same on screen is reflected by a single development and technology architecture.

Tip: Be Thorough. The level of investigation required to fully understand the architecture, technologies, development tools and environment is considerable, assuming that you have the skills and resources necessary to achieve this result in the first place. Don't leave any stones unturned!