Scanmarket acquires analytics company, brings artificial intelligence into its Source-to-Contract platform, and introduces new Spend Analytics module.
Scanmarket is pleased to announce the acquisition of MIA Data, an analytics technology company specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to digitalization of business procurement processes. As Scanmarket continues to evolve with additional analytics capabilities, MIA Data will play an integral role in implementing its scalable analytics capabilities across the Scanmarket platform.
“The evolution towards artificial intelligence and machine learning within the procurement industry marks a next step in the journey to digitalize procurement, creating a best-in-class solution for resolving the pain of tedious data gathering and insights,” says Betina Nygaard, CEO of Scanmarket.
Introducing analytics into procurement and applying it across the entire software platform, enables customers to gain increased transparency and instant visibility across many different data sets and dispersed data sources, resulting in easy identification of risks and potential areas for efficiency improvements.
Initially, the new AI capabilities have been applied to Scanmarket’s Spend Analytics software. The technology will be fully integrated into the existing Scanmarket platform for a seamless workflow process between modules and tasks ensuring a fully transparent spend management approach. The analytics will allow greater visibility into the entire spend under management to better understand and communicate optimization opportunities.
Visibility into spend is critical in strategic sourcing and analysis of spend patterns have come a long way since the days of manually pulling data from spreadsheets. Scanmarket’s new Spend Analytics module can gather spend data from various company systems into a single repository. It is then cleansed, normalized, enriched and classified to provide a factual picture of both direct and indirect spend across categories, vendors, geographical spread, languages, business units and more.
Using enriched data enables easy identification of inconsistencies and risks through comparison at global, site or department level – and development over time – providing insights on opportunities for efficiency gains and risk reduction.
The job however is not merely done by detecting where efficiencies may be gained – the changes can be seamlessly implemented through one intuitive software platform with several source-to-contract modules.
While great strides have been made in procurement automation, one of the last remaining, and perhaps greatest opportunities for creating value, lies in spend management. Applying machine learning and advanced analytics tools to managing both direct and indirect spend will allow Chief Procurement Officers and other heads of procurement to optimize budget allocations, improve labor efficiencies, gain wider and deeper visibility around procurement processes, supercharge their Financial Planning and Analysis teams, improve supplier relationships, and streamline strategic and operational objectives. In short - increase organizational maturity and digitalize processes.
Founded in 1999, Scanmarket is a market-leading global Source-to-Contract platform. Our proven cloud-based solutions are trusted by 350+ customers across more than 85 countries. The secret to our success and longevity is simple: A constant focus on helping our customers achieve their business goals by providing them with the very best Source-to-Contract solutions and support through a global, intuitive cloud platform. At Scanmarket we call this built to be used. Scanmarket is a Verdane portfolio company.