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Starting Procurement’s Innovation Revolution

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<p><span data-contrast="auto">What&rsquo;s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of innovation?</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">Maybe you picture Tesla and self-driving cars. Maybe it&rsquo;s when Apple first launched iPhone, basically giving you a handheld computer.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">Or maybe you thought of something a bit more intangible.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">AI seems to be the go-to when people try and explain innovation or new &lsquo;cutting-edge&rsquo; technologies, but how many can really explain what AI is or does?</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">It&rsquo;s the little things, it&rsquo;s the behind the scenes, it&rsquo;s the journey from the horse and buggy to self-driving cars and everything in between.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">The magic happens in the day-to-day, in-between the lines, until one day, everything changes.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong><span data-contrast="auto">Procurement&rsquo;s Crossroads</span></strong><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">Procurement has come a long way since it&rsquo;s humble beginnings in Ancient Egypt.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">We&rsquo;ve gone from recording stock on papyrus scrolls, to inventing risk management and insurance principles in Ancient Rome, and then the official &lsquo;Procurement Department&rsquo; being coined along with the industrial railway.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">Throughout this time there&rsquo;s been countless innovations driving both procurement and business forward, but somewhere along the way that day-to-day innovative fire went out.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">Now procurement finds itself at a crossroads.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://kradminasset.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/ExpertViews/AMENALLAH1.PNG" /></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">For years procurement was considered a tool for cost reduction, and then came the push towards becoming a strategic business partner,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.jaggaer.com/download/whitepaper/procurement-performance-excellence-report/?utm_source=medium&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=21-digital-mind"><span data-contrast="none">but as our recent survey with IPG reports</span></a><span data-contrast="auto">, now we&rsquo;re stuck somewhere in the middle.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">The way I see it, we have two choices.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">Resign ourselves to menial paperwork and slip back into being a cost reduction tool for the business.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">Or lean back into that innovative spirit and become a beacon of change and strategic value to help guide business forward.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">I don&rsquo;t know about you, but I very much prefer the latter.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong><span data-contrast="auto">The &lsquo;Digital Mind&rsquo; Project</span></strong><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">To that end, JAGGAER assembled some of the best and brightest to kick off what we&rsquo;re calling our&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.jaggaer.com/press-release/jaggaer-unveils-digital-mind/?utm_source=medium&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=21-digital-mind"><span data-contrast="none">&lsquo;Digital Mind&rsquo;</span></a><span data-contrast="auto">&nbsp;project.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}"><img src="https://kradminasset.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/ExpertViews/AMENALLAH2.PNG" /></span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">It&rsquo;s an intellectual factory that will drive innovation forward every day, arming you with the tools and technology you need to work smarter, faster, and ultimately, grab your seat at the head of the strategic business table.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">Our Digital Mind project was built on the foundation of three new solutions, aimed to make work easier,&nbsp;smarter&nbsp;and faster. But before we look at those let&rsquo;s&nbsp;take a look&nbsp;at what innovations have already been powered by this initiative. </span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong><span data-contrast="auto">Intelligent Award Navigator (IAN)</span></strong><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">Nicknamed IAN for short, the Intelligent Award Navigator is a new integration into an already advanced Sourcing Optimizer solution. Sourcing Optimizer is designed to deal with incredibly complex sourcing events, that deal with tens or hundreds of thousands of variables, all in an intuitive solution.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}"><img src="https://kradminasset.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/ExpertViews/AMENALLAH3.PNG" /></span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">What IAN adds to the mix, and was a large ask from our customers, is the ability to consider the unknown.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.jaggaer.com/blog/intelligent-award-navigator-think-big/?utm_source=medium&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=21-digital-mind"><span data-contrast="none">According to my colleague Tim Johnson</span></a><span data-contrast="auto">, our resident Sourcing Optimizer and IAN expert, &ldquo;IAN leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced game theory to uncover the hidden options available to buyers within their award scenarios. Essentially, IAN provides a guiding hand to sourcing teams by showing them other options for awarding their business within the constraints and preferences they have already identified.&rdquo;</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">&ldquo;This is an iterative process, where IAN is constantly asking &ldquo;What is optimal for this user?&rdquo;, and transforming what it learns into meaningful recommendations. IAN guides the user to think bigger and more strategically about the award outcome they most desire, each time presenting new options with different results to achieve a closer match&rdquo; Johnson continued.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">Over time it will learn what the preferences are and begin offering better and smarter alternatives, opening up the door to more strategic and valuable award scenarios you may have never considered otherwise.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong><span data-contrast="auto">On-Time Delivery Predictor (OTD)</span></strong><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">Our&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.jaggaer.com/press-release/first-ai-ontime-delivery-predictor/?utm_source=medium&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=21-digital-mind"><span data-contrast="none">OTD Predictor</span></a><span data-contrast="auto">&nbsp;lives up to the name. By applying machine learning and predictive analytics&nbsp;algorithms, the system can predict if an order will be late, before you even place it, with an accuracy of up to 95%.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">A person simply can&rsquo;t get that degree of accuracy, and certainly not within a timeframe where it can be actionable.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">OTD helps you get in front of potential risks before they ever occur, allowing you to ensure that your supply chain won&rsquo;t break down due to a high-priority late shipment.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong><span data-contrast="auto">Contract Risk Analysis</span></strong><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="auto">Contract management is one of the most important pieces of any business. The problem has always been the sheer number of contracts you had to manage and the many risks that come along with them.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;134233117&quot;:true,&quot;134233118&quot;:true,&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:240}">&nbsp;</span></p>
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