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FACTORING HUMAN ERGONOMICS INTO PROCUREMENT SOFTWARE

The origin of the word ‘ergonomics’ can be traced back to the Greek words for “work” and “natural law.” Centuries before the advent of procurement software, studies of ergonomics explored the advantage of objects and equipment designed to work in concert with the body’s natural contours. By combining the defined purpose of an object with an understanding of how users will physically and cognitively interact with it, both utility and user experience are improved. Ergonomic design also emphasizes the value of visual appeal – even when it requires that we expand traditional notions of what characterizes ‘beauty.’ An article by Buyers Meeting Point.

WHY AUTOMATION CAN HELP PROCUREMENT ACHIEVE ITS GOALS

Automation is often seen as a good thing, because it accelerates processes (sometimes) and frees up valuable human resources (sometimes). In the context of manufacturing, introducing automation has been hugely successful because of the requirement for a production line to continually repeat identical tasks within exact specifications. Automation is therefore understood to be just that, the effective ‘robotisation’ of a process. In a sense this is also desirable in Procurement because a good percentage of the tasks and processes are repetitive and of the same type. However, that is not the same as being identical, and it is often less than desirable to force a range of different variants into a single model. A blog post at Procurious.com

Three Kinds of Data Every Procurement Professional Needs to Succeed

It should come as no surprise to procurement professionals that they should have the data they need to do their jobs at their fingertips. Relevant data is on their desktops, in books, and on the minds of key people on their teams. But what happens when the data is lost or colleagues leave the company?
Procurement needs discipline—a process—to capture that knowledge, keep it updated and eventually disseminate it. At stake in this competitive environment is nothing less than an efficient procurement operation proficient at supplier management resulting in savings for the company. The right procurement software can help. A blog post at My Purchasing Center.

THE QUARTERBACK’S CODE FOR STRATEGIC SOURCING

When it comes to strategic sourcing, organisations shouldn’t have to choose between standardisation and flexibility. Good technology should allow for both. A familiar cry to many, but maybe not to those not especially interested in the sport of Football in the USA (aka American Football back home in the UK). “Omaha!” is the often used pre-snap call of one of the sport’s greats, two-time Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning. But what does “Omaha!” mean? And if it means something specific, how have the competition not worked it out after all these years? And how come Manning’s former team are as much in the dark as the rest of us? A blog post at Procurious.com

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