042: Why it is Critical for Procurement Technology to Provide Value to All Users, with Gabe Perez

This week is Big Idea Week on the Art of Procurement – a mini series of shorter interviews with procurement thought leaders ahead of their participation in the Procurious Big Idea Summit.

Today, I sat down with Gabe Perez, the Vice President of Strategy and Market Development at Coupa.  Gabe shares his thoughts on a number of procurement technology issues, including the potential for cognitive computing, the need to focus on the value that technology can provide to all users to ensure its success, and why open platforms are the future of procurement technology.

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“Procurement is an area that is ripe with opportunities for disruption.” 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Is the potential of cognitive computing hype or reality – or somewhere in between?
  • Why it is critical that procurement technology must provide value to all users, and not just procurement
  • What key to stakeholder engagement
  • How to drive adoption of procurement technology
  • What impact the software-as-a-service model will have on procurement technology
  • Why open platforms represent the future, and how to connect all constituents into the platform
  • The number one thing that Gabe suggests procurement professionals do today to increase the value they deliver for their stakeholders.

Procurious Big Idea Week:

To sign up to be a digital delegate at the 2016 Procurious Big Idea Summit on April 21st, check out the Summit website, here.  To listen to other interviews with Big Idea Summit speakers, find them here.

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About the author

Philip Ideson

Philip Ideson is passionate about the role that procurement professionals and leaders can plan in creating competitive advantage for their organizations in ways that go beyond the traditional value proposition.

Philip founded Art of Procurement as a way for the procurement community to learn from each other, increasing the impact they have on their organizations. In 2017, he co-founded Palambridge, a virtual platform of procurement experts, technology, and intelligence. Palambridge provides a broad range of flexible procurement solutions, available on-demand.

Prior to Art of Procurement and Palambridge, Philip enjoyed a career that spanned the procurement value chain, working across three continents for organizations such as Accenture, Procurian, Ally Financial, Pfizer and Ford Motor Company.

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