Sourcing Robotics – Adoption and Automation of Best Practice Strategic Sourcing
Automation for simple tasks drives savings and reliability but automation of complex tasks drives strategic benefits. Back-office functions such as invoice payments processing are usually the first tasks to be automated because they are easier to formalize into simpler rule-based systems. But it would be a mistake to conflate operational efficiencies with the strategic advantages that are possible when the more sophisticated aspects of executing large and complex sourcing projects are addressed by AI. But automation in it’s own right is not sufficient. We need to automate best practice rather than accelerate poor practice. In this white paper we chart the path to Automation of Sourcing that is 1) founded upon tools for best practice, 2) trained with data from best practice examples and finally 3) supported via automation of best practice.