The most exotic spend category? – I think I win

Posted by Pete Loughlin in Purchase to Pay 12 Nov 2014

I’m growing increasingly uncomfortable about disclosing how many years I’ve been consulting in the P2P space but spending many years doing the same sort of thing does give you a rich store of anecdotes and war stories. Something I do take a quiet delight in is finding exotic or unusual items within a spend analysis. I know a bank that bought an elephant. Working for what I thought was a boring, innocuous government agency I found ammunition as a spend category. Working in the aerospace and defense industry there are things I’ve seen procured (that I can’t disclose) that would make your hair stand on end.

But all of that diminishes to nothing today.

I feel very privileged to add to my consulting client list an organization that has procured the components of the first man made object to land on a comet.

Congratulations ESA – a magnificent achievement The best space mission since Apollo 11.

And it is relevant to purchase to pay. When implementing e-procurement and purchasing process best practice it is common to confront those people that believe they’re special – above the process. They can’t possible comply with a standardized policy because what they do is ‘special’.

Well, from now on, my benchmark of ‘special’ has changed. Landing on a comet is special – anything less is now ordinary.

Pete Loughlin can be found on twitter @peteloughlin

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