In this edition of SpendBytes, we continue our focus on the importance of a sound digital strategy with a 4 Step Digital approach for catalyzing the ‘next-gen procurement’ vision. We also bring you interesting viewpoints in the world of procurement - from virtual assistants and chatbots revolutionalising new frontiers of customer engagement and user experience, to ways in which Contract Management is getting smarter.
We hope you enjoy reading!
In his two-part blog series on digital procurement, Shubham Tripathi, enlists a 4 step approach to digital procurement that will transform the procurement landscape.
Read Part 1 here!
Virtual assistants are here to transform user-experience in the world of procurement. We bring you 10 ways in which this will cause a revolution, and deliver business value.
We delve deeper into the business value that AI can bring into the world of Contract Management and Contract Analytics.
Read about unique experiences and personal insights from our procurement professionals across the globe.
Ashwin Manikandan, Product Management – Supply Chain Business Apps, EdgeVerve, Bangalore, India
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My interest with Product Management started during my stint at Oracle in 2013. While working with the Contract Lifecycle Management product at Oracle, I delved into the “why” behind every feature and every click that the user does (or does not). I put myself in the users’ shoes and tried to understand both the market and competition, which in turn became a fascination.
After I completed my Masters in Business Admistration from SP Jain, Mumbai and the Mc Combs School of Business, I started my journey in product management with stints in both the B2B and B2C space. As a product manager, what interests and motivates me the most is that I get to be at the intersection of business, technology and user design. The ability to wear multiple hats, solve business problems using cutting edge technology and add value to customers - all, in a changing and uncertain landscape, is the driving force that brings out my passion for work.
At EdgeVerve, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Infosys, I currently work on solving business problems in the sourcing and procurement space. Procurement has been an area of strategic importance across organizations for decades. Despite the technology and tools available, procurement today is more complex than ever. The business apps and products I work on leverage state of the art technology around Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to create products in the Procure to Pay space that transform the way procurement is going to be implemented in the future.