Puridiom User Group Conference

Join Puridiom on October 4 – 6, 2015 at the Hershey Lodge for the Power of 5 Puridiom User Group Conference.  An open forum for Puridiom customers and prospective clients, the conference will focus on 5 strategies that all organizations should be utilizing to maximize procurement performance.  Puridiom tools and procurement best practices will be highlighted throughout.  In addition, new enhancements and features of Puridiom will be announced.

What is the Power of 5?  The Puridiom solution provides tools that guide the user through essential procurement processes, while making sure that the organizations’ procedures and policies are kept in place.  Within that process, there are 5 strategies that, if followed, will ensure procurement success.  The conference agenda will center on each of these strategies with interactive panels, group discussions and scenarios.  The Power of 5 includes:

Utilizing spend intelligence

Collaborating with internal and external stakeholders

Automating Invoice and Payments

Managing Suppliers and Risk

Going Mobile

To register or to find out more about the Power of 5 Puridiom User Group Conference go to our events page.



procure-to-pay top 100

How are solution providers helping organizations achieve success?  Supply & Demand Chain Executive has just published “The Road to Success,” a recap of 2015 top supply chain projects.  An excerpt:

While we’ve emerged from the economic recession that caused so much havoc to business a few years ago, it’s not easy to say things have become completely stable. It’s a volatile world economically, geopolitically and climatologically. All of those, and more, put business and supply chain on the spot.

Supply chain leaders wake up every morning wondering what surprises they might face that day. And they’ll likely go to bed at night with the same thoughts. And that’s on top of the day-to-day issues that must be attended to. Those are among the reasons why Supply & Demand Chain Executive and our annual presentation of “100 Great Supply Chain Projects” exist. These projects can serve as a map for supply chain executives who are looking for new opportunities to drive improvement in their own operations.

These innovations will show how supply chain solution and service providers help their customers and clients achieve supply chain excellence and prepare their supply chains for success.

To read more about these success stories, go to the article.  Puridiom has contributed to this list over the years with many of its own success stories.  To find out more, we invite you to read our case studies on our website or archived at www.sdcexec.com.

procurement collaboration

How can procurement drive influence and results? It is achieved through collaboration, according to Ardent Partners’ Chief Research Officer, Andrew Bartolini, speaker at the webinar, Collaborative Procurement: Using Relationships to Drive Influence and Results. Learn about the importance of being collaborative – both internally with stakeholders such as Accounts Payable/Treasury, Legal, Manufacturing, Product Development, and others, as well as externally with an organization’s supplier base.  In addition the webinar will talk about the level of collaboration that CPOs and procurement teams currently report within their internal and external relationships, and how these collaboration levels can directly impact procurement and enterprise performance.

Join us on Wednesday, June 17th at 2:00 pm ET and hear Ardent Partners’ recommendations for CPOs and procurement teams to be more collaborative in their relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Some of the recommendations discussed:

    • Embedding procurement staff within the business
    • Gaining alignment on objectives and metrics with different stakeholders
    • Sharing procurement data with trusted stakeholders
    • Closing the procure-to-pay loop
    • Communicating with suppliers pre- and post-sourcing event for maximum value; and
    • Leveraging supplier intelligence for enhanced risk mitigation

Learn more about this topic by registering here.




collaborative procurement
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, working together is success.” Henry Ford 


As Chief Procurement Officers’ roles evolve, they must find ways to drive more value from their departments.  Collaborative procurement is one way to achieve this by leveraging already established relationships and creating new ones to the benefit of the organization.

Charles Dominick of Next Level Purchasing Association offers four collaborative scenarios in an article from  NLPA’s PurchTips #256.  Briefly, the article discusses collaboration with:

    1. Internal Departments – Cross-functional teams collaborate on all aspects of a sourcing project.  Benefits: all departments have a voice in supplier selection decisions – a more balanced outcome.
    2. Suppliers – Collaboration with suppliers on process improvements and innovative ideas.  Taking supplier communications to a higher level with an outcome of a more competitive advantage in the market.
    3. Other Procurement Organizations – Combining requirements with other organizations to take advantage of large supplier discounts.  Consortiums and Group Purchasing Organizations can facilitate this type of collaboration.  Benefits include lower costs and time for participating organizations.
    4. Mission-Driven Organizations – Collaborating on socially responsible initiatives, such as “green” campaigns or increasing the use of locally sourced items can save time, money and raise awareness of an organization’s social responsibility to the community.

Depending on the scenario described above, or a combination of these, it is important to know who to connect with and how.  On June 17th, Puridiom will present a webinar on Collaborative Procurement and discuss the key stakeholders and suppliers you should be talking to.  Andrew Bartolini, Chief Research Analyst of Ardent Partners’ share his views on the very timely subject of collaboration and how to use it to drive increased enterprise value.

Join us on June 17th at 2:00 pm ET for Collaborative Procurement: Using Relationships to Drive Influence.

procure-to-pay top 100

Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine recently released the Top 100 Supply Chain Projects of 2015.  More information about the list can be accessed here.  Puridiom is pleased to be once again recognized for the work it does everyday for its clients.

The 2015 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 are supply chain solution and service providers that are helping their customers and clients achieve supply chain excellence. These companies produced measurable gains in ROI through cost-cutting and increased efficiency, whether in warehouse, transportation, procurement sourcing or any other category in the end-to-end supply chain.

“The projects featured can serve as a roadmap for supply chain executives looking for new opportunities to drive improvement in their own operations,” says Supply & Demand Chain Executive Editor Barry Hochfelder. “Our goal with this year’s ’100′ is to put the spotlight on successful and innovative transformation projects that are delivering bottom-line value to small, medium and large enterprises across the different functions that comprise the supply chain.”

Puridiom’s featured project focused on a specialized supplier portal for a specific industry. “We customized the on boarding process based on the organization’s internal policies and procedures to ensure that legal requirements and compliance with all regulatory committees would always be met,” says Jesus Ramos, co- founder and CEO of Puridiom. “The process has improved data accuracy, provided qualified and certified suppliers and provides fully documented historical data and timestamps, all in an expedited automated workflow.”

Puridiom will be featured along with other award recipients in the June 2014 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, as well as online.



Puridiom is hot off the trail from the ISM 2015 conference, held in Phoenix, AZ.  As an exhibitor and sponsor we met many folks in the Supply Chain community.  We had great conversations and made new friends.  A few observations:

This year there were more P2P providers and consultants than ever, validating the absolute need and growing importance of procurement as a strategic function.  The number of available solutions is making the market more competitive – leading to a better product, but can also be more confusing for those looking for a solution.

A lot of folks are not happy with the way their procurement is automated.  Whether on an ERP system, homegrown procurement, or pieces of different solutions, there are a lot of unhappy users.   This story varies depending on the level of the organization.  Finance may be thrilled with the savings from adopting the ERP or Finance package, but an ill-fitting procurement module will affect those performing everyday procurement tasks.  This disconnect will affect outcomes at some point.

Ease-of-use and accessibility of the correct data is high on the list of solution preferences.  Nothing really new here, but the reporting and managing of the right data continues to have problems.

Finding a solution provider continues to be confusing due to conflicting analyst research reports, lists and blogs.  Understand the context and format of this type of information, especially if it is vendor sponsored and geared towards large-sized enterprises.  Vendors can be included on a P2P Magic Quadrant, and excluded from a Top 50 list.  Why?  We sure would like to know, but the best advice is due diligence when researching a potential provider.  List challenges and select the vendor that can meet them in the best format for your organization.

Overall, we had a great time in Phoenix.  Meeting and listening to the stories of our customers and those in the procurement community broadens our understanding of your challenges and enhances our product development process.  If you have observations or comments you would like to add, please contact us or comment below.



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What is the status of your Procurement and AP relationship?  From a collaboration standpoint, this should be a match made in heaven.  But because they come from two different worlds, they often have a hard time finding one another.  Why is this?

The CPORising.com article Accounts Payable and Procurement Collaboration: Two Hearts Beat as One, by Matthew York takes a closer look at this relationship and how they can thrive through collaboration resulting in greater communication,visibility and intelligence to an organization.  Procurement and AP are at odds because they:

    • come from two different worlds – financial and operational
    • leverage different technologies and solutions
    • set priorities and measure success in different ways

But their goals are ultimately the same.  If procurement and AP are truly aligned under the P2P process, then purchase orders and invoices flow freely and integrate seamlessly.  This can lead to faster invoice processing times, faster payment, and early payment discounts.

To achieve this collaborative relationship, AP and Procurement must continue to link their systems together through communication, collaboration and ultimately the automation of the entire P2P process.

Find out the status of your Procurement – AP relationship by reading the CPORising article here.




Procurement expert

Today we are proud to announce that we have added yet another Pro-to-Know to our staff of procurement experts. Meredith Marshall, Procurement Implementation Manager, was selected as a Provider Pro-to-Know recipient by Supply & Demand Chain Executive for her work assisting clients in meeting their procurement challenges through technology and best practices.  This award recognizes individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies or academia, who have helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet supply chain and procurement challenges.

Meredith is the fifth team member of Puridiom to be recognized as a Pro-to-Know.   To celebrate this award, we want to know your procurement questions.  Do you have a question about procurement processes, best practices or technology? If you do, please email us at this address and our Pros-to-Know will provide an answer.  We would like to publish questions and responses and get some conversations started.  We look forward to hearing from you!



Puridiom, a leading Procure-to-Pay solution provider, is proud to announce Supply & Demand Chain Executive has named Meredith Marshall, Procurement Implementation Manager, a 2015 Provider Pro to Know, for her work assisting clients in meeting their procurement challenges through technology and best practices.

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Puridiom, a leading Procure-to-Pay solution provider, is proud to announce Supply & Demand Chain Executive has named Meredith Marshall, Procurement Implementation Manager, a 2015 Provider Pro to Know, for her work assisting clients in meeting their procurement challenges through technology and best practices.

The 2015 Pros to Know Provider Awards recognizes individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies or academia, who have helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet these challenges.

“This honor highlights the many thought-leaders who are helping to shape the Supply Chain industry and advance Supply Chain as a respected discipline in the enterprise,” said Barry Hochfelder editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Their efforts in developing the tools, processes and knowledge base necessary for Supply Chain transformation, and in promoting new approaches to supply chain enablement, have earned them a place on this year’s Pros listing.”

When asked what she viewed as key challenges for her customers, Meredith responded, “Key challenges today are: respect for procurement as a function, bringing spend under management, and building of key online relationships. Respect and relationships are developed over time through positive relationships and experiences, but bringing spend under management is a primary component in making these happen.” It is in this area that she excels with her clients, helping them to better utilize spend using procurement tools and resources.

Puridiom is proud to now have five Pro-to-Know recipients on its team. To view a listing of our Puridiom Pro-to-Knows, or for more information about the Puridiom Procure-to-Pay solution, please visit our website.

The full listing of the 2015 Pros to Know will be available on the Supply & Demand Chain Executive Website on Feb. 25. An expanded listing will appear in the March 2015 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine and online thereafter.

About Puridiom
Puridiom, a recognized Procure-to-Pay leader in the Supply Chain, offers innovative procurement solutions, industry-specific strategies, and best practice expertise to achieve best-in-class results. For over 30 years, Puridiom has successfully transformed procurement and accounts payable operations and delivered real savings, control, compliance, and accountability to spend activity. Solutions and services include stand-alone modules, a comprehensive procure-to-pay suite, cloud / SaaS and on-premise deployment platforms, and business process outsourcing options. Discover real savings and learn more at Puridiom.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. Supply & Demand Chain Executive is a publication of AC Business Media. Visit our website.

procure-to-pay flashback

In the spirit of Ground Hog’s Day, we thought we would take a look back and revisit one of our more  popular articles.  While it was published a while ago, it is still relevant today.  Many organizations are looking for looking for ways to streamline their procurement processes. Knowing what to look for in a procure-to-pay or eprocurement solution can help when researching the right fit for your organization.  So here is our Ground Hog’s Day flashback!

What to Look For in an eProcurement or Procure-to-Pay Solution

It is a fact that a Procure-to-Pay or eProcurement solution can significantly streamline efficiencies in the purchasing processes of a company, saving time, money and man-hours. In addition, it can provide cost controls, compliance, and visibility to an organization’s spend that can become an invaluable resource of data to C-level management. Its no wonder that many businesses in every industry sector are considering abandoning cumbersome (and time consuming) processes that rely on traditional ordering systems, and are looking to move toward implementing electronic procurement solutions.

If you are considering making the leap to a totally computer-based procurement system, choosing from the many software solutions and services that are available can be a frustrating experience. It doesn’t have to be.

Perhaps the most important aspect to entering the world of eProcurement lays in answering one simple question: are your vendors ready? If your B2B supply chain includes smaller craft or specialty vendors, it’s possible that some of them won’t be equipped to handle electronic purchase orders. While this can pose a problem, it can also lead to searching out business relationships that can provide you with equivalent products at a lower price point via an eProcurement system. Alternatively, you might want to consider a solution that supports both electronic and traditional ordering processes.

Regardless of how you choose to proceed, there are attributes that you should look for in any electronic procurement system:

Is the system fairly intuitive to the end user, and have a relatively easy learning curve? If the system doesn’t meet this basic criteria, employees who are responsible for using the system will look for shortcuts, and bypass the system-enforced processes.

The selected system must be able to securely process transactions, including both orders and payments. Security upgrades should be easy to install, and frequently updated. Every authorized user should be able to have a separate security / authorization profile in the system that allows them to conduct only transactions for which they’re approved.

A properly configured eProcurement system supports electronic data interchange (EDI) formats that are appropriate for your company. If most or all of your purchases are from North American vendors, then the system should, at a minimum, meet the ANSI X12 EDI standard. If you conduct international business, then the UN/EDIFACT EDI standard must be supported as well.

Maybe most importantly, the selected Procure to Pay or eProcurement system should be scalable as your business grows. As the number of system users and transactions increase, both the front and back ends of the system (access points and databases) must be flexible enough to deal with increased traffic and data queries.

The system must either conform to the current purchasing workflow, or your company must make the commitment to changing the purchasing workflow process in order to meet the requirements of the system. The former is easier to implement than the latter, however, most solutions are based on industry “best practices,” for good reason.  If your processes don’t mesh nicely with industry standards for eProcurement, consideration should be given to modifying the internal processes.

Moving from a traditional purchasing process to a B2B eProcurement environment can be challenging, but the potential benefits far outweigh both the cost and resource commitment in making the transition. Taking the time to analyze the available options, and selecting a system that is the best fit for your company makes a lot of business sense in the long run.

Read how Puridiom clients made their eProcurement choice.