How is an Advanced Spend Analysis Useful for You?

Spend Analysis is the process of classifying rapidly and effectively your aggregate business spends ...

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Posted by Dave Food on Mar 4, 2019 7:04:59 PM
Dave Food

Spend Analysis is the process of classifying rapidly and effectively your aggregate business spends within your organisation, with the final goal of reducing expenses over the long term. Conducting a Spend Analysis might be a challenge, but this tool can help you to master your Procurement data, cut cost and speed up time, as well as automate processes to integrate data, and quickly start actionable insights.

During a Spend Analysis, you set apart, collect, catalogue, and evaluate everything your enterprise spends, and then use such analysis to find spots where you can save money. You may also gain other benefits, such as detecting unauthorised spending, improving fulfilment, and reducing delivery cycles. Spend Analysis nuclear capability is to pull out your company’s Procurement history data from all suppliers to find answers to concerns, improve efficiency, and insights to put into perspective for future decisions.

Procurement professionals are modernising their procedures and looking for more accurate information. It gives them the possibility to bring up-to-date their supplier’s data in real time, eliminate unproductive manual processes, stop working with siloed data, and support supervising and screening capacity, whilst incorporating organisational know-how, and making the necessary changes to data on a constant basis, in such a way as to overcome the obstacles blocking success.

The benefits of Advanced Spend Analysis Management

• Faster integration and implementation of the different stages in the process.

• It offers real-time Supply Chain monitoring and screening.

• Direct savings by shifting to preferred suppliers and negotiating volume discounts, eliminating duplicate orders, or by reducing all sort of waste caused by overbuying, overspending, extra staff-hours, or storage space.

• It makes sure a more controlled centralised Procurement process.

• It ensures that contract-terms fulfilment is met, such as processing times, quantities, and quality.

• It helps you to avoid late or penalty fees; for instance, when there are delays, and as a consequence, you go under contractual advanced-payment bonuses.

• It helps you to identify vendor management which might be triggering off unnecessary risk to your company, affecting your annual revenue, credit score, the entire SC project and growth.

• It ensures compliance of the company´s protocols and state/federal government laws as well.

• It automates and develops internal systems for improved-processes, such as payments.

Therefore, teams need an approach into Spend Analysis Management capabilities to make changes in master data in a more accessible way. Also, to reach supplier’s agreement with the enterprise following managing principles and contract terms, and define whether suppliers enhance testing, workflow operations, and speed up suppliers’ achievement of training, audits, or if there’s a need for annual certification.

Spend Analysis requires uninterrupted visibility and access to updated information. It can be done through the carrying out of Spend Management processes and Analytical tools to consolidate and integrate data, review and update information quickly to proactively identify and make changes.

Simple steps for conducting a Spend Analysis approach:

1. First, identify all invoices and payments from all divisions and consolidate them into one central database.

2. Standardise your data and then clean it. There might be duplicated entries, compare them to avoid double payments and then eliminate them.

3. Get an accurate picture of your current expenses, and identify the scope of your Spend Analysis process according to department, division or project, to centralise your budgeting system in a period established by the company.

4. Create a supplier list according to your division and prices. Identify the best suppliers on your list and tag them to pull out and analyse costs, processing times, and other considerations.

5. Break your spending into general categories to see exactly where your money goes. Be as specific as your situation demands. Make a group for every significant expense: personnel, travel, outsourced programming, legal, manufacturing supplies, office supplies.

Once your Spend data is consolidated, you will have now a reliable awareness on how your money is spent; you can then make the right changes and the informed-decisions about future spend. Keep your data updated to remain on top.

CONCLUSIONS: while initially consolidating your company’s wide-data can be time-consuming, with an automated purchase control system you can forecast your budget to stay in control of every spend your organisation comes up with and make sure it’s employed efficiently. It keeps your Spend Analysis updated to make healthier decisions about where and how it should be spent. Take the challenge!


Dave Food


Prophetic Technology

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