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5 Frustrations Procurement Professionals Will Understand

Five Frustrations Procurement Professionals Will Understand

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Every profession comes with its frustrations, but procurement comes with its own very specific set. If you’ve been in the business for more than a minute, you’ve probably wanted to put your head through your desk on more than one occasion thanks to these special procurement nightmares.

Are You Ghosting Us?

We’ve all had it happen—after weeks of back and forth, we message a supplier an important question that will impact, well, everything else. And we wait. And wait. Days pass. Weeks. Centuries… Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but when we are relying on this one piece of feedback in particular, it can certainly feel this way. If you don’t have the answer to our question, let us know. It’s okay. Just please, please don’t put us through the special hell of ignoring us completely while we search for a solution or an answer.

How Big Are Your Shoes?

Did you promise us the moon? Well, buddy, you’ve got big shoes to fill. Unfortunately, lots of other departments (cough, cough suppliers, marketers, we’re looking at you) have their toes in their arch supports. It’s frustrating when the people we rely on to fulfill our job duties overpromise and underdeliver. It leaves us backed up and with a whole lot of explaining to do.

T Minus 10 Minutes

We get it—sometimes genius strikes at the midnight hour (and often when we are furthest away from pad and paper), but changing plans mega late in the game is really difficult in procurement. If we’ve spent months planning for everything you need to execute your brilliant plan, changing everything last minute makes us shudder. Oftentimes, it simply cannot be done on timescale that suits everyone, and we’re the ones who end up taking the flak. Give us plans and give us time and we will give you the world, though.

The Ol’ Switcheroo

We’re planners. Have we mentioned that enough? We like plans. More importantly, we like sticking to plans. So, marketers and sales folks, believe us when we say that we are looking for this one particular item, especially if we say that’s all we’re looking for. Extra especially if we’ve already said it once. Give it up on the upsell and the cross-promotion, and we’ll thank you for it. Respect our already limited time and we’ll pay it back in spades with loyalty and not-too-many emails. At least the former, as long as you keep your prices reasonable and your delivery on time.

Dripping in Gold

Speaking of upsells, do we look like we’re made of money? We can’t break the bank on every new request, every outlandish marketing idea, every new and ingenius product idea. We have to save for a rainy day and prioritize our cash flow toward the best and most efficient option. You can stop calling us names—we’re not literally always looking for the cheapest option, even if it seems that way sometimes. We’re not trying to make your life harder. We’re trying to make our dollars take us as far as we can and sometimes that means saying things like, “No, I get that it’s a more ergonomic option, but we cannot approve another (sigh) standing desk at this time.”

Did this list make you want to cry into your keyboard? You can find relief at the Premikati Marketplace where procurement is easy (and way less frustrating).

NSBA partners

CEO of Premikati Named to National Small Business Association Leadership Council

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Marisol Buchanan, CEO of Premikati, located in Indianapolis, IN was recently named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. NSBA is the nation’s oldest small-business advocacy organization, and operates on a staunchly nonpartisan basis. Buchanan, a recognized leader in the small-business community, joins the NSBA Leadership Council alongside other small-business advocates from across the country as they work to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Buchanan is a Council Member for the NSBA Technology, Economic Development, and Health and Human Resources Committees.

“As a small-business owner, I see daily the importance of being involved and active when it comes to laws and regulation,” stated Buchanan. “Joining NSBA’s Leadership Council will enable me to take our collective small-business message to the people that need to hear it most: Congress.”

As a WBENC certified, woman-owned small business operator and owner, Buchanan has more than 18 years of leadership and governance management experience. She is an active member of the National Association of Woman Business Owners, Women and Hi Tech, and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Buchanan volunteers her time to multiple community organizations to maximize the voice of small business owners.

Ms. Buchanan joined her NSBA Leadership Council as part of her efforts to tackle the many critical issues facing small business, including tax reform, regulatory restraint, health care costs and how the Affordable Care Act will impact small business. The NSBA Leadership Council is focused on providing valuable networking between small-business advocates from across the country while ensuring small business a seat at the table as Congress and regulators take up key small-business proposals.

“I am proud to have Marisol as part of our Leadership Council,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “She came to us highly recommended and I look forward to our coordinated efforts for years to come.”

Please click here to learn more about Marisol Buchanan.https://www.linkedin.com/in/marisolbuczuynskibuchanan/

For more on the NSBA Leadership Council, please visit www.nsba.biz/leadershipcouncil.

About Premikati: Founded in 2009, Premikati, Inc. is a Supply Chain Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firm, providing cost savings and financial, contractual and supplier risk mitigation services to purchasing organizations for mid and large enterprises while leveraging best-in-class purchasing processes and technology. Premikati has partnered with SAP and is one of only five companies globally to have been granted the most exclusive partnership level with SAP Ariba. Additionally, Premikati is now embarking two new lines of business; a national Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) for the K-12 education space and non-profits, and orchestrating a Minority and Woman Business Enterprise (MWBE) catalog of suppliers to support the swell of demand by Fortune, government and private sectors.

Contract management from Ariba for $30K

Contract Management from Ariba for $30K?

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When a company decides it has a need for a Contract Management software, the first step is generally to send out an RFI/RFP. A number of weeks and many pages of responses later, the field is generally narrowed to a couple of contenders. Then comes the demos… The team watches each vendor demonstrate their technology, usually with fairly little difference between them. Reporting, templates, clause libraries, redlining, and electronic signatures are usually the top things that everyone wants to see.

At the end of the day, since most of the top tools can all accomplish the same things, two factors typically make the decision. 1) The one that the team deems most “user friendly” and 2) price.

Once implementation is underway, the team starts to realize that they simply aren’t ready with templates and a clause library. Creating those from scratch takes a considerable amount of effort, particularly from an already overburdened legal team. They also realize that redlining might not work quite as easily as it was shown in the demo. These two items are then pushed off to a Phase II (which often never occurs) and the system is basically used as a repository.

The software vendors typically do not have different “levels” of their software at different price points. If you want a “repository only” solution, you would need choose a lower cost, less sophisticated software, effectively eliminating a progression path towards those features such as templates, clause libraries, and redlining that can be beneficial as your organization matures.

With Premikati recently becoming a BPO Partner of SAP Ariba, we have opened up a new set of options.

Premikati can now purchase and operate the SAP Ariba Contract Management Professional software on your behalf. We have two paths, one for Enterprise customers, and another for companies below $500MM in annual revenue.

First, for the Enterprise. Premikati can purchase an individual realm to operate on your behalf. Frankly, our status as a BPO Partner enables us to buy it at a significantly lower price point that you can. Our team will own and operate the system on your behalf, performing Contract Administration Services and, of course, all of the system administrative functions as well. This allows your team to focus its energy on more strategic opportunities, not the tactical day to day activities of keeping track of contracts. When you consider the total cost of ownership, you will be hard pressed to find a service/solution that provides more value for the price.

For companies below $500MM in revenue, we have a whole new way of thinking. 

Since we realize that initially you most likely only need a “repository” with reporting and the ability to do electronic signatures, that is all you are going to pay for.

Depending on a variety of factors, our pricing starts as low as $30K for an annual subscription that includes Contract Administration Services and all system administration.

Implementation is similarly value priced starting at $25K with a Go-Live in as little as two weeks.

This is still for the full version of the Ariba Contract Management Professional system although integration with other systems is not available in this situation. However, during your maturation as an organization, both in revenue and sophistication, we can always move you over to an Enterprise realm with ease and no downtime.

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Premikati is a certified Woman Owned Management Consulting and Legal Process Outsourcing firm, and an SAP Ariba Silver Partner, that is specifically tailored to Procurement and Supply Chain.

Premikati with Aon Cornerstone

Premikati, Inc. partnering with Aon Cornerstone

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Premikati, Inc. with Aon Cornerstone

Partnership, A “Win-Win” For Premikati, Inc. Clients Looking to Diversify Their Supply Chain

Indianapolis, IN Nov.2, 2016 – Premikati,Inc. today announced a strategic partnership with Aon Cornerstone, a business unit of Aon plc (NYSE:AON) that focuses on fostering strategic alliances with minority business enterprises. (MBE), headquartered in Indianapolis, is a WEBNC certified woman- owned firm with extensive experience in the risk mitigation industry. Aon plc is the leading global provider of risk management, risk and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing solutions.

Aon Cornerstone unites the global risk management and human resource solutions of Aon with the local presence and functional knowledge of (MBE) to deliver distinctive value to clients. By leveraging the specialized expertise, broad resources, global network, intellectual capital and best practices of the two firms, this partnership is positioned to deliver strategic, integrated strategies and solutions for managing risk and human resource demands while meeting important diversity and inclusion imperatives in an increasingly complex global environment.

Through a rigorous vetting process, Premikati, Inc. was chosen by Aon Cornerstone as a new addition into their exclusive network of partners seeking to care for existing clients’ needs surrounding diversity and exploring new endeavors that would afford global corporations, Fortune 100 companies, and large public entity clients the opportunity to work with a minority-owned firm, while simultaneously giving them the comfort of Aon’s extensive global network of resources, support and service.

About Premikati

Premikati is a WBENC certified WBE Management Consulting and BPO firm that is specifically tailored to Contract Management and Procurement. We help our clients with all facets of contracting and procurement strategy as well as outsourced Contract Management Services.   We employ procurement executives, attorneys, contract management professionals, Six Sigma Black Belts, and certified Change Masters with extensive experience either inside or consulting with the world’s top companies.

For more information on Premikati, Inc., log onto https://www.premikati.com

 

For more information on Aon Cornerstone, log onto http://www.aon.com/cornerstone

Premikati Transforms Contract Management with SAP Ariba

Premikati Transforms Contract Management with SAP Ariba

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Certified WBE outsourcing firm leverages cloud-based solutions to fuel efficient digital process that delivers savings and compliance

PALO ALTO, Calif., November 16, 2016 – The cloud is where efficient contract management is happening. But many businesses lack the technology and resources to get there. Premikati is out to change this, with some help from SAP Ariba. The business process outsourcing and management consulting firm today announced that it will leverage Ariba® Contract Management Professional to drive an efficient, digital process for managing contracts that delivers savings and compliance.

“We have seen clients of all sizes and industries struggle with contract management,” said Marisol Buczynski Buchanan, CEO of Premikati. “Lack of tracking with respect to items such as expiration dates, renewal terms/price increases, service level agreements, notice provisions, and even counter signatures is all too common. With SAP Ariba, we can help them overcome these issues.”

An SAP Ariba BPO partner, Premikati will use SAP Ariba’s technology to perform contract management services not only for large enterprises, but for companies under $500 million in annual revenue. And in doing so, it aims to eliminate many of the barriers that prevent them from pursuing digital strategies such as a lack of resources to implement and manage software. “We can have them up and running in two to three weeks at a very cost-effective price point,” Buchanan said.

Ariba Contract Management Professional is the industry’s leading SaaS solution for contract management. Uniquely designed to eliminate the paper and ink from the creation, execution, and management of any type of contractual agreement, the offering enables companies of all sizes to efficiently:

  • Automate and accelerate the entire contract lifecycle
  • Standardize and control contract development
  • Collaborate with all stakeholders
  • Strengthen operational, contractual, and regulatory compliance

“Contracts are the lifeblood of any organization and managing them effectively can deliver strategic advantage,” said David Johnston, Senior Vice President, Partner Ecosystem, SAP Ariba. “With SAP Ariba’s technology and Premikati’s contract management expertise, companies of all sizes can get on the road to automation and drive an efficient process that lowers both their costs and risk.”

To learn more about SAP Ariba’s contract management solutions and the value they can deliver, visit: www.ariba.com. Learn More.

About Premikati

Premikati is a WBENC certified WBE Management Consulting and BPO firm that is specifically tailored to Contract Management and Procurement. Premikati helps its clients with all facets of contracting and procurement strategy as well as outsourced Contract Management Services including the drafting and negotiation of contracts.   They employ procurement executives, attorneys, contract management professionals, Six Sigma Black Belts, and certified Change Masters with extensive experience either inside or consulting with the world’s top companies.

About SAP Ariba

SAP® Ariba® is the marketplace for digital business, creating frictionless exchanges between millions of buyers and suppliers across the entire source-to-pay process. Our market-leading solutions enable companies to simplify collaboration with their trading partners, make smarter business decisions and extend their collaborative business processes with an open technology platform. More than two million companies use SAP Ariba solutions to connect and collaborate around nearly one trillion in commerce on an annual basis. To learn more about the company’s offerings and the transformation they are driving, visit www.ariba.com. Learn More.

About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable approximately 335,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com. Learn More.

 

 

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Premikati Marketplace

What is the Premikati Marketplace?

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The Premikati Marketplace is everything you’ve been dreaming about to streamline your purchase request to order process and better manage the relationship with your suppliers.

Procurement software leader, SAP Ariba™, and Premikati together have designed a solution for the SMB space providing SAP® Ariba Buying as a BPO service – reducing monthly costs and the need for implementation all together.

This is the same software used by Fortune companies around the world, and is supported by Premikati’s team of procurement experts. 

Everything You Need In One Place

Stop wasting resources on inefficient purchases from uncontracted suppliers. Earn back your cash and control by shopping tens of millions of products through our intuitive interface that functions with the same familiarity as personal, online shopping.

Our B2B marketplace offers non-sourced goods all on a single, simple platform. 

Find products for a variety of needs, including: 

  • Office Supplies
  • Electrical & Test Equipment
  • Technology & Accessories,
  • Facilities & Maintenance
  • MRO & Industrial
  • Other Goods

Want to Add Your Own Suppliers?

We can do that for you!

You have the option to use both the Premikati Marketplace catalog as well as your own contracted catalogs with your favorite suppliers.

The Premikati team will work with your suppliers to get them onboard and transacting!  There are hundreds of suppliers already on the Marketplace offering thousands of goods and services.

Adding your own specific suppliers will add a bit more cost and implementation time.

The Name of The Game Is Savings… And Our Customers Are Winning

The Premikati Marketplace helps your business save in every way. 

Save time by integrating a single platform to meet all your needs into your buying process. Save cash by finding new savings opportunities in our trusted array of affordable, high-quality suppliers.

Save your sanity by gaining visibility and control over your business’s purchasing with features like user access and spend controls, price thresholds, and easy-to-manage reporting.

Plus, you can expect to find price savings on average of 8-10%, and as high as 35% by reducing tail spend, rebate savings of around 1% on typical Premikati purchases, and process savings of days or weeks simply by making the switch.

The Premikati Marketplace utilizes a prime, subscription-based approach that leaves your business richer—in time, money, and data—every step of the way. 

Without All The Technobabble And Wait Times

Opt out of overly-complex purchasing solutions that require you to hire a whole tech team just to keep it running after lengthy implementation periods. Opt in to the Premikati Marketplace for 24-hour turnaround on implementation—start to completely finished.

And, while you don’t need any IT Systems Admin, and there’s no technical implementation to delay your growth, we do offer free help desk support.

Our platform is so easy to use that we won’t mind if you call the help desk just to chat—our help desk folks are getting lonely in all that silence. 

Healthy, Efficient Supply Chain

Vendor management and the supply chain process should work for your business, not against it. Streamline your processes with the Premikati Marketplace to ensure you’re getting the best deals, using your time wisely, and giving your business its best opportunity to grow to its fullest capacity.

Our SAP Ariba backed, compliance-ready, procure-to-pay purchasing platform is the measurable, manageable, and convenient way to find trustworthy suppliers, control ad-hoc spending, and keep your data clear and close at hand. Plus, it starts as little as $500 month. 

Do you want to find out more about the Premikati Marketplace or learn more about how to strengthen your supply chain for free—from our experts to yours? Join any of our e-learning webinars with industry expert, Ryan Matthes, Senior Vice President of Global Procurement at Premikati, Inc. And if you’re ready to dive into the Premikati Marketplace, you can start your subscription here through our sales team. 

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