… we’re finally getting a new Procurement Management Platform! And that’s a great thing!
Hopefully that last line caught your attention enough to read on (since Per Angusta isn’t actually going away, just its name) because the reason it’s a great thing is that Per Angusta, which finally completed it’s integration with SpendHQ, is soon to be one with SpendHQ. This will provide the procurement space with one of the first, true, Procurement Management Platforms, which, as per yesterday’s post, is something the space is desperately needing. (We doubt it will be the last such platform this year, but it’s certainly the first.)
1) It will be spend data driven, not just pull and push spend data around.
2) It will support all of the necessary intake requests and output reporting.
3) It is built to support procurement-centric workflows or projects.
4) It is built to integrate with any application an organization needs to support a certain process, sub-process, or data-centric capability through easy multi-endpoint integration with push-pulls at either end.
… which solves the four big problems created by Source-to-Pay suites as pointed out in yesterday’s post that asked where the Procurement Management Platform was.
And how they did it is very slick. Not only did they follow the levels of integration appropriately (where they started by re-creating the Per Angusta UX using SpendHQ look-and-feel, while they were working on data model integration on the back-end [which is a difficult task that many companies don’t actually achieve]) to get to the point where they are now working on full integration, but they built the solution to support third-party solution integration at key process points, not just separate integration tabs / menus, and this allows all of the embedded applications to be extensions of each other, not a pool of disconnected apps you have to glue together with Excel.
In other words, every solution that is integrated is inserted at key points of the process flow where it makes sense to do so … for example:
* sourcing partners are brought up when an opportunity is being created and sourcing is selected as the mechanism
* data partners are displayed in a supplier overview / risk report so that an analyst can punch in to the source system for deeper analysis, metric breakdowns
* partner spend solutions are integrated at key parts of category drill downs if an analyst wants to push out a subset of data for what-if or experimental (AI) analyses without messing up the categorization or mappings of the source system
* key data from CLM systems can be pulled into the core to drive the application, and when contracting opportunities arise, data can easily be pushed out and pulled in at key points
And on top of all of this, there’s a solid, modern, competitive spend analysis platform built into the solution that is both a leader in data usability and in multi-data source integration, which is a key requirement for spend analysis, and Procurement success, as a whole, because, unless you can get a complete picture across all of your spend (related) data, you can’t truly make informed decisions and determine which opportunities are worth pursuing and likely to deliver the best organizational results over all.
The only thing that’s missing is the message.
* SpendHQ is all about “Spend Intelligence: Clear & Simple” (which is not a unique message or capability)
* Per Angusta is all about “Powering Up Procurement” and “Procurement Performance Management” (which is not a unique message or capability either)
… but neither comes close to capturing what the integration truly is, or can do, or how they’re one of the handful of players that will be creating the new foundations for Procurement offerings going forward (as Suite 4.0 is not just a suite, it’s a platform).
I hope they get it right, as we don’t want SpendHQ to go away too …