Jul 15, 2021

McKinsey: Is Procurement Falling Behind in AI?

Elise Leise
3 min
As companies use AI to develop their products, segment their customer markets, and make strategic decisions, procurement must try to match the pace

We’ve all heard about how AI can transform every aspect of business, from HR to accounting to the manufacturing floor. According to McKinsey’s 2020 Global Survey on AI, 50% of companies have adopted AI in at least one business function—especially if they’re developing new products and analysing customer data. But procurement is struggling to keep up. 

What Are The Challenges? 

While we could name many, we’ll focus on two main problems:


First, procurement has to deal with much more complex data. Teams have to work to get accurate data from their first- and sub-tier suppliers, consolidate network data from around the world, and ensure that it’s ready to process. ‘We see companies still spending disproportionate time cleaning and integrating data’, explained Bryce Hall, Associate Partner at McKinsey. With so much up-front effort, it’s no wonder that many in the field don’t want to invest in AI. 


Second, procurement teams traditionally have less access to technology resources. Whereas R&D might have a nice budget—and AI specialists—at its fingertips, procurement must work to find the right partners for its AI strategy. ‘Some of the biggest gaps between AI high performers and others aren’t only in technical areas’, Hall said, ‘but in the human aspects of AI, such as the alignment of senior executives around AI strategy and adoption’. 

Where Should Your Procurement Team Start? 

Up to 20% of a business’s annual revenue can come from Goods Not For Resale (GNFR). Procurement teams who want to get a big picture of GNFR are tasked with sorting through many disparate types of data: budgets, spend history, invoices, contracts, and RFPs, in addition to supplier ESG and diversity compliance. 


How Can You Drive Success? 

According to McKinsey, your AI strategy needs to have a clear roadmap that you can easily explain. Clarity, especially in your end goals, is critical to bringing suppliers and executives on board with your project. Eliminate human error, provide real-time data, work on risk mitigation? Identify your priorities and communicate, communicate, communicate. 


In addition, make sure that your employees understand how AI functions. ‘Workers need to be able to trust AI’s judgement not only for the sake of taking the most efficient action but also for their physical safety’, the report pointed out. ‘When a tool recommends running a piece of potentially dangerous heavy equipment in a certain way, they need to feel confident that the reasoning behind the decision is sound’. 


In short: to launch your AI journey, start small, get everyone on board, and work hand-in-hand with your suppliers. Concluded Jo Seed in betanews: ‘Communicating wins and empowering sponsors with data-driven value points ensures continued support for the programme’. And if you follow that advice, procurement may just catch up. 


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Jul 25, 2021

JAGGAER: Advancing Procurement Technology in Healthcare

3 min
JAGGAER has highlighted the importance of advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning in healthcare procurement at Arab Health

JAGGAER has revealed the latest technological advancements in its cutting-edge, ground-breaking system at this years Arab Health, hosted by Informa Markets, as the industry-leading all-in-one procurement platform provider continues to provide support for the global healthcare industry as it struggles to recover from a year and a half tainted by the novel Coronavirus, and the ongoing pressure that it is putting on hospitals and pharmaceuticals. 


With new technology and innovation taking centre stage this year’s edition of Arab Health, JAGGAER announced the launch of its new ‘Digital Mind’ strategy. The strategy features a core set of advanced strategies, including embedded intelligence, predictive data analytics, and real-time user guidance that can all be used to support healthcare procurement teams with the necessary and oftentimes difficult strategic decision-making involved in the acquisition process. It’s set to better efficiency across the sector, reduce risk, and better customer service capabilities. 


The Exponential Growth of IoMT

This development comes at a time when the Internet of Things (IoT) has started to infiltrate all industries in an elaborate way. In a report published by Deloitte, it has been suggested that the global market for the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is projected to exceed US$158bn by 2022, with the IoMT market specifically in the MENA region, expected to hit US$9bn. 


Hany Mosbeh, Vice President of Sales Middle East & Africa, JAGGAER, said: ‘The healthcare sector is increasingly adopting disruptive technologies into the IoMT ecosystem including artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and robotic process automation (RPA). From a procurement perspective, these technologies are also being utilised in our systems, having far-reaching benefits for the healthcare industry.’ 


JAGGAER’s Digital Mind

The new Digital Mind strategy incorporates JAGGAER Adopt, Assist and Advise. The latter of which enables users to be more proactive in recognising potential areas of improvement and mitigating challenging situations such as supplier risk. By leveraging a combination of advanced predictive analytics, machine learning, and customer-specific business rules, JAGGAER Advise empowers procurement professionals to identify steps that could improve performance or results and take corrective action on behalf of users. 


The software also provides its users with data-driven actionable insights and recommends the next steps to mitigate the risk of supply disruptions, supplier qualification, performance issues, and underperforming sourcing events. 


Speaking at one of the sessions during the event, Microsoft Research’s Chief Medical Scientist, Dr Junaid Bajwa, outlined the role of data in the healthcare sector, he said: ‘Today’s story is one of automation of processes, aggregation of data, moving to intelligent analysis and AI, and then repeating that cycle. If we get this right, it has the potential to reduce costs and support clinicians by unmasking occult disease types, generalising new associations and perhaps even generating new novel hypotheses and new mechanisms.’


Right now, JAGGAER supports over 120 healthcare organisations globally. They do so by modernising and transforming their procurement capabilities through digitalisation─an action that is propelling the industry forward at pace. To name just a small number of companies that JAGGAER services: Dubai Health Authority, Uniting Care, NHS England, HCA Healthcare, and Bright Horizons


‘During Arab Health, we heard from a range of experts who highlighted the challenges directly linked to COVID-19, from developing enough vaccines to combat the infection to the flow of raw materials to make the vaccines. In an era of technological advancements in the healthcare industry that are saving lives, it is also important to utilise this technology from a business perspective so that we can identify future risk and improve performance’, Mosbeh added.

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