I was just reading an interesting blog on PurchasingNet.com – see http://www.purchasingnet.com/p2padvisorblog/?p=168 . I used to think that voluntary use of an e-procurement system was an OK idea – especially in companies where the culture has been to “empower” requisitioners to buy what they want when they want it and from where they want it, as long as their budget squares up at the end of the financial reporting period. Maybe I’m getting crotchety as I get old – but frankly I’ve changed my mind. Voluntary shmoluntary – if you need good governance BEFORE orders are placed, and you want to direct end users to your corporate contracts, why would you make e-procurement system use voluntary? Because you don’t trust the purchasing department? Because you don’t want to offend anyone? Because what? What other system in any corporation is set up as voluntary? Can you voluntarily fill out vacation requests? Submit expenses? Sign your employee review? I’m beginning to think the voluntary approach is just plain wimpy and a major vote “against” procurement. And actions speak louder than words . . . . . .
by Debbie Wilson | June 30, 2009 | 3 Comments