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MeRLIN’ s Spend Management Solution gives a holistic view of your spend and helps in evaluation of spend patterns across the organization to identify areas of improvement and maximize savings.
Get a unified view of your spending patterns across categories, regions, suppliers and more
Track internal buying practices to ensure buyers work with preferred suppliers and stay within authorized spending limits. Manage budgets and requisition approvals using workflows
Identify areas of spend leakage and savings opportunities to maximize savings using drilldown reports and spend analytics
Decrease procurement costs and improve efficiency by reviewing your procurement spends intelligently. MeRLIN automates collecting, cleansing, grouping, categorizing and analyzing organizational spend and presents simple visualizations that reveal meaningful insights to make smart decisions.
Monitor real-time spend patterns across regions, category, suppliers, etc.
Analyze payment terms and existing contracts to improve contract negotiations with existing and new suppliers.
Intuitive ready-to-use dashboards and spend reports by category, supplier, payment terms, etc.
Track budget vs spend trends across projects or sourcing programs.
Categorize and normalize business spend data using integrated AI and fuzzy logic search capabilities.
Create custom dashboards and reports to analyze the metrics that is more relevant to you.
The activity of monitoring and analyzing the organizational spend is called Spend Analysis. The process of spend analysis gives deeper insights into spend patterns in the company and helps in reducing costs, boosting efficiency and managing supplier relationships by increasing visibility and transparency. Using real-time data and analytics procurement teams can dig into spend patterns and gain insights needed to reduce maverick spends, identify savings opportunities and mitigate risks. Spend analysis also enables procurement to consolidate suppliers and spend more with the better ones, benchmark performances, improve contract compliance, develop a better approach to supplier management and make better sourcing decisions with a clear view of how much you are spending, on what you are spending and with whom you are spending.
Purchases done outside of agreed-upon contracts are referred to as “maverick spend.” These purchases may not have been made on purpose, and some may have been made due to real errors or a lack of understanding. Such purchases that deviate from established procurement processes within the organization result in the company not being able to benefit from its preferred supplier agreements offering better product quality, higher discounts, etc., and can become expensive to firms in the long run.
There are several ways to control maverick spend:
Different organizations might use different ways for spend analysis based on their own demands and variables. The most common approach to perform spend analysis is as follows:
Spend analysis is one of the most important cost-cutting methods used by procurement teams. It can help organizations in identifying the areas in which the company overspends, or in which cost or spend can be reduced. A spend analysis can identify things such as maverick spending, contracts not being fulfilled, turnaround times not meeting expectations, overpayments, compliance issues, costs incurred from late fees or penalties, and so much more.
Procurement teams can use a variety of methods to analyze data and identify areas of opportunity for reducing costs. For instance, doing a should-cost analysis can help procurement understand detailed cost drivers, give a clear view on expected price points and guide future supplier negotiation strategies and broader operations improvement opportunities.
Procurement teams can use the data from spend analysis to formulate strategies such as identifying more cost-efficient suppliers, consolidating orders and suppliers, negotiating volume discounts, eliminating duplicate orders, controlling overbuying by enforcing controlled procurement practices, etc.
Spend management solutions offer many standard spend analysis reports that can help organizations identify saving opportunities and provide visibility to their spend patterns. Many solutions also allow you to create custom reports as per your business needs.
Some of the most commonly used reports available in MeRLIN are Spend by Buyer, Spend by Supplier, Spend by Category, Spend by Region, Spend by Month, Spend by Payment Term, etc. These reports give insights on what is your spending pattern, how consolidated or fragmented your spend is, how your various business units/departments are spending, how many vendors you have in a category, where can you consolidate spend and leverage volume discounts, what could be the impact of changing payments terms with your high spend suppliers, and so on. This helps you streamline your purchase price variance analysis and make your supplier negotiations much more effective and based on hard facts as well as historical trends.
The spend cube represents various dimensions representing the spend data that is required to be analyzed. The dimensions usually include Categories/sub-categories, buyers, spend with suppliers, etc.
MeRLIN allows you to browse cubes from the buyer portal enabling users to interact with the data warehouse generated by MeRLIN in a user-friendly way and to view customized data in tabular format and download them into Excel. The table generated can also be viewed as a bar chart or line chart to analyze the data easily. You can then slice and dice the data in multiple ways to gain more insights. To do spend cube analysis with MeRLIN
Uncover meaningful insights from your sourcing data and trends that translates to new opportunities for savings and growth.
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