Reducing spent hours on frequent processes helps companies conquer economy, agility, governance and collaboration. But not all companies view matters in that way. Albert Einstein was right when he said “Lack of time is an excuse from those who waste time by lack of methods”. Although he revealed that certain concepts are relative, the German theorist recognized the importance of structure to sort out the day to day.

Today’s challenge in purchasing is similar to those of the physics in the beginning of the century: keeping companies in movement at the same time as they creatively handle the chaos and uncertainty of the business world.So much that it has become common to see wholesalers placing requests, specifying deliveries directly from the computer, or from the cellphone.

Optimizing purchases, in just a few clicks, was something unthinkable until now, because of the high complexity of the formalities involved. Although, the tendency of decentralizing processes has been observed various companies that adjusted there pointers in that direction, and where able to conquer, in that way, all benefits mentioned earlier: saving, agility, governance, collaboration and time. This last one now employed in all tactical actions.

The recent research Business Technographic Global Software, from Forrester, analyzed, between other matters, issues via SaaS (Software as a Service) in companies in Germany, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, United States, France, India, New Zealand and United Kingdom. The conclusion was that more than 70% of companies wish to have more agility in business with the adoption of an electronic platform. The other 67% of organizations desire that that technology helps their professionals concentrate their potential in more strategic tasks.

Besides more guarantees for the contractor and the contracted, the automation technology tools give companies a competitive advantage. If before controlling various purchase and delivery deadlines made the estimation of deadlines difficult, today it is even possible to define Service Level Agreement (SLA) goals such as lead time, savings and other indicators. And although the obligation of the whole company as an internal requester, few countries have a effective control of their SLA´s.

Basing their solutions on the pillars of savings, agility, governance and collaboration, the purchasing platforms contribute with the companies for the reduction of costs, controlling processes to generate compliance. Besides that, they also better the matter of collaboration as the communication with suppliers and the automation workflows in the electronic environment are facilitated, transforming business between companies in a much simpler, intelligent and sustainable way.