Part II: The people side of things…

By Bertrand Maltaverne

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“Autonomous Procurement” Is A Really Dumb Idea by Forrester

In the 1st part of these two series, I explored why autonomous Procurement is a dumb idea when looking at it as if it meant that machines should be replacing people.

In this 2nd part, I want to focus on another potential aspect of autonomous Procurement by looking at it through the “isolationism” lens.

Anyone who has worked or working in Procurement knows that the job requires daily interactions with many business partners within or outside of the organization/company. B2B is H2H (Human-to-Human).

However, the experience of interacting with Procurement is not always a great one. Internal customers/stakeholders often see Procurement as a hindrance, as illustrated by Dilbert and a quote from Forrester’s…


Part I: The technological side of things…

By Bertrand Maltaverne

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“Autonomous Procurement” Is A Really Dumb Idea by Forrester

An article inspired by a recent Linkedin post from the excellent Matthias Gutzmann…

TL;DR

For sure, technology is evolving at a rapid pace, and the latest advances in AI (among other ones) are transforming and will deeply transform work (for Procurement & Supply Chain professionals and beyond). Artificial intelligence (AI) is now “blind to the color of the collar,” be it white or blue. It is making its way into the knowledge worker’s workplace, and the stakes are getting high.

However, the perspective (objective?) …


The current Coronavirus crisis should be a wake-up call for Supply Chain and Procurement professionals!

By Bertrand Maltaverne

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Photo by Natalie Rhea Riggs on Unsplash

Almost a year ago, I wrote about the side effects that poorly designed KPIs could have:

And, I have also written numerous articles about the need for Procurement to look beyond just cost savings; here is one of the latest one:

The unfolding Coronavirus crisis and its impact on supply chains is a “perfect” illustration of the combined effect described in these stories.

As stated in one of the articles above, buying decisions, at home or at work, shape supply chains, and, therefore, the world. …

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Bertrand Maltaverne

Procurement Digitalist. 👤: http://bmaltaverne.me

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