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e-Procurement: From Strategy to Implementation

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  • Copyright 2001
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 224
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Adobe DRM)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-148028-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-148028-5

In the e-world it is the B2B marketplace. And in the B2B marketplace, the hottest thing--and the thing most likely to turn companies a profit--is e-procurement. This book provides the platform for establishing a company's eprocurement strategy and the necessary steps that will follow in implementing that strategy.

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Table of Contents


1. The New World of Business-to-Business E-Commerce.

Is It for Real? The Unique Nature of B2B E-Procurement. Dragging Their Feet. Is B2B 4 U?

2. The Fundamentals of Procurement.

Indirect Procurement: ORM Versus MRO. A Day in the Life of a Typical Procurement Scenario: Today. Select Goods. The Requisition Process. Waiting for Approval. Creating the Purchase Order. Neither Direct nor Indirect-Just E-Procurement. E-Procurement Vision of the Future: Tomorrow.

3. Understanding the Strategic Nature of E-Procurement.

Back-End Systems and the Modern Organization. The Strategic Nature of E-Procurement. Strategic Focus of the E-Procurement Initiative.

4. Making the Business Case for E-Procurement.

Process Efficiencies. Process Automation Savings. Compliance. Leverage. Strategic Sourcing. The Changing Role of Procurement Specialists.

5. The E-Procurement Software Landscape.

The Story So Far. E-Procurement Software Specialists. ERP Suppliers and E-Procurement. Translation and Connectivity. Payment Systems. Finding Your Way Through the Minefield.

6. The Architecture of Web-Based Procurement.

Sell-Side One-to-Many: The Storefront Model or Shopping Mall. Buy-Side One-to-Many Model. Buy-Side Desktop Requisitioning. Buy-Side Central Procurement. Independent Portal and Online Trading Communities. Vertical E-Markets and Marketplace Creators. Horizontal E-Markets. Auctions. Application Service Providers. The Future of E-Markets.

7. Standards.

From EDI to XML.

8. Government and E-Procurement.

Advantages Will Not Be in Savings Alone. Government-to-Business E-Commerce. The Military.

9. The Future of E-Procurement.

Standards. Enterprise Versus E-Market Models. Direct Versus Indirect. Consolidation of E-Market Verticals. Single-Solution Suppliers. Vendor Rationalization. The Changing Role of Procurement Specialists. Government Driven.

10. Assessing the Pros and Cons of E-Procurement.

The Pros. For Buyers. For Sellers. The Cons. System-to-System Integration Issues. Initial Investment Costs. Security, Trust, and Supplier-Buyer Relationships. Fundamental Changes to Procurement Business Processes and Company Culture. Why E-Procurement Initiatives Fail.

11. Guiding Principles for Developing an E-Procurement Initiative.

Ground Rules for an E-Procurement Project. Executive Sponsorship and Participation. Integrate E-Procurement Project with E-Business Strategy. A Legitimate Business Case. Guiding Principles. Strong Change Management Program. Redesign Business Processes. Other Key Issues to Consider Before Starting. Integration Issues. Involving Suppliers and Vendors. Bringing in Consultants. New Responsibilities for Consultancies.

12. Structuring the Project: Phases of an Enterprise-wide E-Procurement Initiative.

Strategy Phase. Program and Project Planning. Strategic Direction, Guiding Principles, and Project Goals. The Case for Action. Target Performance Measures. The Supplier Side. Resources and Critical Areas of Concern. Project Readiness Assessment and a Plan of Work. Analysis and Design Phases. Collecting Information to Confirm the Business Case. Confirming Supplier Support and Compatibility Levels. Redesigning Business Processes. Completing an Implications Analysis on Changes to Activities and Employee Jobs. System Selection Phase. Cost. Functionality. Integration and Interoperability. Implementation Phase. Customer Support. Future Viability of the Group.

13. The Executive E-Procurement Strategy Workshop.

Step One: Defining and Agreeing on Fundamentals. Step Two: Education on E-Procurement. Step Three: Reviewing the Business Vision. Step Four: Understand the Procurement Business Case. Step Five: Developing Scenarios. Step Six: Project Readiness Review.

14. Creating an Effective Plan of Change Management.

Project Structure and Staffing. The Executive Steering Committee. E-Procurement Program Manager. Technical Program Director. Nontechnical Program Director. The Core Team. Subject Matter Experts and Supplier Representatives. Creating a Business Change Implementation Plan.



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