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Intuitive design

 
One of the most important keys to the success of a procurement system is the ability to gain organisation-wide adoption. Proactis’ intuitive, easy-to-use design enables a cultural shift that empowers employees to execute routine daily purchases on a self-service basis within established organisational controls. Departmental managers, purchasing professionals, and even suppliers, all find Proactis to be highly productive and easy to learn.

For employees:
  • A highly intuitive user interface with uncluttered screens, familiar real-world metaphors and minimal input requirements make using the system easy, even for infrequent users.
  • Inductive buying quickly guides employees to potential suppliers, catalogues and web sites, making it easy to find exactly what they need from an authorised source.
  • Visibility of requests throughout the process gives employees a true sense of ownership.
 For department managers
  • Automated account coding and budget checking eliminate the need for time-consuming lookups or verifications.
  • Flexible workflow and approval hierarchies allow for approval groups, temporary assignments, vacations, etc.
  • Notifications for purchase requests requiring approval, with personal preferences for grouping and timing, make it easy to manage time while avoiding delays.
  • One-click approvals or return to requestor with comments make the authorisation process fast and easy.
  • Full ‘cost pipeline’ visibility provides managers with the information they need to effectively manage departmental expenditures and cash flow.
For purchasing professionals
  • Self-service employee buying for routine goods and services frees time for more value-added activities such as strategic sourcing and supplier management.
  • Free form and template requisitions combined with electronic catalogues speed communication of needs from requestor to buyer.
  • Alerts for required actions such as contract reviews and sourcing steps allow purchasing personnel to operate on an exception-driven basis without letting anything ‘fall through the cracks’.
  • Supplier on-boarding support, automated sourcing events, electronic RFx questionnaires, and centralised contract management provide structure and reduce administrative effort for the many activities required to obtain ‘best value’ suppliers and agreements.
  • Supplier catalogue import, punch-out, and self-service management capabilities dramatically reduce the time needed to maintain catalogue information to support eProcurement.
For finance professionals
  • Buying by Purchase Order reduces the burden of unexpected or unattributable invoices on Accounts Payable (AP).
  • Pre-coded order lines remove the “who bought this and what for?” cycle that slows down the cost allocation and payment process.
  • Pre-order budget and encumbrance checks ensure that funds are available before purchases are authorised.
  • Automated invoice matching with mis-match troubleshooting via electronic document workflow simplifies invoice acceptance.
  • Cost Pipeline visibility ensures that there are no nasty surprises from unexpected commitments.
For suppliers
  • Self-service network simplifies functions such as profile and catalogue updates, and enables immediate visibility of invoice and payment status without calling AP.
  • Broad adoption of Proactis by users ensures that the supplier receives clear, pre-approved orders and that invoices enter the payment cycle without delay.
  • Easy, electronic interaction during the sourcing process simplifies selling and enables suppliers to enter into an evaluation on an equal basis to competitors.
  • Electronic invoices reduce supplier paperwork and speed payment.