Our cover star this month is SAP’s Dr. Marcell Vollmer, the global thought leader, who reveals how the ongoing transformation of procurement into a strategic value-adding role will see the function perform a pivotal role in the fourth industrial revolution…
So, where does a procurement transformation begin? “I think the most important thing for digital transformation, is to focus on the structure, the organisation, the process side, and then finally on the systems,” Vollmer tells us, from his Munich office. “Oh, and don’t forget the people at the end.” It’s no surprise that many businesses are preparing for the future as everyone wants to understand, learn and adapt to a constantly shifting landscape. And although procurement is emerging into a progressive role, Vollmer is quick to point out the volatility of technological change. “Our CEO Bill McDermott says: ‘Change has never moved as fast as now, and it will never move as slow as today.’”
Elsewhere, we talk to CIPS Mena’s Sam Achampong on procurement in the Middle East and North Africa and catch up with the organisers behind World Procurement Week about how this fast-growing series of events is establishing itself as a must-attend date in the diary. We also have an expert insight on keeping your stakeholders happy and list 5 top ‘procurement disruptors’ and events.
We hope you enjoy the issue!