As per our last post, so far in this series we have discussed the need for SRM (Part I), Chicago and a foundation for your SRM effort (Part II), tips and tricks for foundational success (Part III), the importance of good supplier relationships and State of Flux’s latest research report The Business of Supplier Relationships (Part IV), the six pillars of supplier relationships and their importance (Part V), and a review of the coverage of the State of Flux Statess SRM platform to date (Part VI), known as Statess.
The State of Flux platform has been under heavy, active development since our coverage early this year and considerable progress has been made on four fronts:
- Prospective Suppliers
- Accreditation and Compliance Tracking
- Contract Management Enhancements
- KPI Templates and Dynamic Drillable Scorecards
State of Flux has been actively developing a supplier self-registration system that allows a supplier to go through a dynamic question-based workflow-driven system that captures all of the information required for the supplier management team to verify, and qualify, a supplier for organization RFXs and innovation challenges. Depending on the industry, geography, and products or services being offered by the supplier, the amount of information required can vary from a few pages to a few dozen pages and the questions required may or may not need to cover environmental, ethical, financial, corruption, sustainability, or related areas of corporate social responsibility and the depth will depend on where the supplier is, what products the supplier is offering, where the products will be sold, and who the supplier is dealing with.
Accreditation and Compliance Tracking
State of Flux has been actively extending their ability to track and manage accreditations, compliance requirements, and compliance incidents. In addition to supporting detailed tracking down to a component level if need be, the system also supports integration with Sedex Global and Ecovadis which contain detailed sustainability and compliance audit data for tens of thousands of suppliers. This makes sustainability and compliance tracking a breeze.
Contract Management Enhancements
State of Flux has also considerably enhanced their contract management solution which can not only store all contracts associated with a supplier, but all historical versions and be used as the system of record during and after contract negotiations. It tracks extensive meta-data, which can be defined by the organization upon implementation, and makes it really easy to identify relevant contracts, track milestones and deliverables, detect termination and auto-renew dates, and tie contracts to KPIs, innovation efforts, and related projects. It is so powerful that a number of their Global 3000 clients are abandoning their e-Sourcing and e-Procurement CLM solutions in favour of the State of Flux solution because a contract is only as good as its execution, and execution has to be managed for success.
KPI Templates and Dynamic Drillable Scorecards
In the brand new release, available now, State of Flux has considerably enhanced the performance module that (now) supports the definition of KPIs, and templates, that can be applied across the supply base, defined down 4 levels, and used in dynamically created drill-down scorecards that show the user exactly what she wants to see with respect to a product line, geography, and/or supplier. In addition, the platform now comes with a number of pre-defined templates for standard KPIs across different performance categories that will make initial scorecard definition easy for the average organization. The user can also define when KPIs and scorecards should be automatically updated and create a dashboard with key (roll-up) scorecards that the user needs to track on a daily basis.
The user interface for Statess has been enhanced and usability is very straightforward. Plus, State of Flux is planning to attack the Master Data Management issue in 2016 and make it easy for an organization to also use the solution as a Supplier MDM tool since it is capable of tracking, and integrating, all supplier related information. It’s really just a formal definition, open schema, and API away from meeting this need.