First-Hand Accounts: By The Numbers

June 9, 2008
Electronic connectivity with suppliers improves cost savings in procurement and accounts payable, study says.

According to a recent report from analyst firm Aberdeen Group, companies who are electronically connected to more of their suppliers are steadily achieving transaction cost savings in both their procurement and accounts payable departments.

Aberdeen research analyst Amit Gupta says that top-performing companies "have demonstrated increased visibility into corporate spend and are continually encouraging enterprise-wide collaboration among key functions such as finance, procurement, A/P and IT." In the report,
companies cite the following drivers behind enabling their suppliers through better connectivity:

58 percent of companies concerned with enabling B2B e-commerce with suppliers

56 percent who are interested in reducing procurement operating costs

37 percent who are interested in reducing accounts payable operating costs

25 percent who are looking to improve the quality of supplier information

24 percent who want to increase spend under management

23 percent who are trying to increase cost savings from lower payments

Source: Aberdeen Group

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