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E-Catalogs: The ‘Fifth Element’ of Procurement

This article explores how e-catalogs can help innovate procurement beyond the loading of supplier product and pricing information. While some may find it strange to associate e-catalogs with innovation, Xavier Olivera considers e-catalogs to be the heart and spirit of the e-procurement function. In fact, he believes e-catalogs capabilities, supported by e-marketplace capabilities, are one of the primary areas where big e-procurement innovations should be initiated.

Mr. Olivera is an adviser, speaker and researcher with over 20 years of professional experience in companies as Accenture, Bearing Point, SAP, AT&T and Spend Matters. He currently works as Executive Director for Spend Matters Mexico and Latin America




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