What predictive analytics means to procurement
To understand this, we need to have a definition of what predictive technology really means for the procurement and supply sector. Unsurprisingly, a big part of predicting procurement is setting up accurate plans for future shipments.
Naturally, this can build off of a strong foundation of data, which procurement organizations should have plenty of access to. However, it's possible that the sense of scale could actually harm companies by giving them unrealistic expectations.
Forrester Research research analyst Mike Gualtieri believes that businesses can invest too much into this: instead, he told Health Data Management about what really makes predictive analytics work. He specifically referred to this as predictive analytics and machine learning, or PAML.
"The best PAML solutions have model management," Gualtieri said. "The dirty little secret about machine model is that they are based on correlations that work on historical data. That can be a problem since the models created using that historical data are used to predict future outcomes."
While this publication may be health care focused, the basic principle of staying level-headed can still be relevant to procurement professionals in every sector. This might require a data-oriented plan, though, to start at the areas with the most information and work off of that for important tasks. These can include benchmarking, logistics adjustments and other necessities.
New management structures
Overseeing predictive transformation could also require a new focus from the top. Existing leadership might have to refocus, and the isolated tech sectors may take on a larger role to help the overall effort take shape.
Whether this is in the C-level or some other similar high position, the organization can shift to accommodate the latest predictive availability. Being in charge of so much important data means the business may have to change the system it uses to handle it. There's no reason that the added responsibility of this information has to be a burden, though, if companies are well-equipped enough to respond.
Strategic sourcing and effective decision?-making
?At its heart, the big advantage of predictive tech could be translating different data factors into strategy. Strategic sourcing can be a similar corollary, since it's based on using various measurements to guide procurement choices. With other trends such as the Internet of Things also confronting businesses, the scope of this sort of plan likely needs to get wider and more comprehensive.
These can include pricing, stability, fuel concerns and other granular issues. Identifying the most relevant data begins the process, and establishing appropriate purchasing management protocols could help develop more effective, efficient coordination.