Clouding Procurement Software

Clouding Procurement Software

Posted by Pete Loughlin in Procurement Software 11 Jan 2010

Cloud Computing clouds procurement softwareIt isn’t new to point out that there’s been a big change to our desktops over the last 20 years. Desktop doesn’t even mean desktop anymore. A desk top used to be the surface you’d lean on to use a pen – now it’s your computer workspace. Our work environment has evolved beyond recognition and the new generation of talent knows no different. The computer touches us in most of our daily lives and I for one would not want to be without access to high speed internet – even on vacation.

But something else has happened beyond the penetration into our daily lives of google, twitter and facebook. In our professional lives we have, willingly or otherwise, become geeks. The industrial strength applications, that tie our supply chains together, the ERP systems, the procurement software, eProcurement and eSourcing modules have made us more efficient and more profitable have, necessarily, become an extension of our work. In addition to our existing set of acronyms and industry jargon we casually and confidently drop concepts like extensibility, web services and VMware into business conversations. We’ve had to become conversant with this stuff. But at what point do we say “enough”, stop half-understanding the technology and refocus on our core work?

The answer is in the clouds – and it’s now

Google “cloud computing” and you’ll find presentations on youtube, web pages and pdfs explaining what cloud computing is. They’ll tell you it’s about outsourcing, Software as a Service (SaaS), “on demand” computing and any number of other definitions. Its’ not really well defined but it’s none of the above.

Cloud computing means things just work. You want a light on? Click a switch and the light is on.  You don’t need to be an electrician. Why, in the 21stcentury, when we want to know how much we spend in a particular category, do we need to become experts in SAP or Oracle reporting or whatever procurement software we use? Cloud computing will eliminate all of this. And we don’t need to know how or why, it just will.

And that’s the way it should be.

Cloud computing will not revolutionize anything. The revolution has already happened. Cloud computing represents the latest stage in the evolution of business that will – at last – allow business to do business and leave the infrastructure development and maintenance to someone else.

  • Amalia Whitworth January 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm /

    Please explain it a little more, if possible ? A good, supported

  • newsgroup search January 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm /

    Thanks, this is easily the best blog I’ve seen in a while. Mind telling me where the subcribe button is? :)

  • pligg.com February 11, 2010 at 6:05 am /

    Clouding Procurement Software…

    It isnt new to point out that theres been a big change to our desktops over the last 20 years. Desktop doesnt even mean desktop anymore. A desk top used to be the surface youd lean on to use a pen now its your computer workspace….

  • Lean Education January 14, 2011 at 5:35 am /

    The procurement software in the Cloud and Licensed platforms for organizations of all sizes and industries.It has streamlined function in the supply chain with innovative technologies, providing dynamic personalized services and extensive domain experience. The easy-to-use purchasing software and straightforward strategies enable organizations to gain a competitive position and transform business into a strategic resource savings solution…

  • Neil Robertson August 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm /

    CLOUD is much more than reliable on demand functionality – it is AFFORDABLE reliable on demand functionality.

    When done well, the solution also addresses the cost of deployment (keeps it extremely low in comparison with local deployments), it side steps the IT bottle neck (and uninformed application based opinions) and when ever possible, brings the decision with the discretionary spending limits of the target director.

    CLOUD enables the bright and the bold forward thinking management to act rather than debate and wait!

  • procurement management November 21, 2012 at 2:15 am /

    nice article! I agree, we should be focusing on what cloud computing means for our business, not the nitty gritty of how it functions on a technical level.

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