ServiceNow introduced its new Procurement Service Management (PSM) solution to help transform procurement across the enterprise and speed up delivery times for simpler sourcing tasks through digitization and self-service.
Procurement modernization is a priority for organizations looking to digitally transform operations and redirect resources to more strategic activities, while also improving supplier collaboration with more connected, interactive experiences. Yet a recent analysis from ServiceNow indicates that only about half of requests to procurement teams are focused on procuring goods and services.
The new Procurement Service Management solution addresses this by digitizing lower-value tasks so teams can focus on the work that matters most and deliver the highest-value outcomes.
“Procurement Service Management from ServiceNow brings unique capabilities to the market by simultaneously streamlining processes for procurement teams and giving regular employees more ways to problem-solve, quickly and easily,” said Kirsten Loegering, vice president of product management, ERP Solutions, at ServiceNow. “Our solution refocuses procurement teams on strategic activities by redirecting simple tasks to self-service options – across the complete procurement lifecycle.”
PSM is the latest solution built on the Now Platform, the most flexible, extensible, and powerful enterprise technology platform available. Only the Now Platform enables rapid innovation and transformation by combining hyperautomation technologies like low-code application development, artificial intelligence, process mining, integration, and RPA to connect modern, legacy, or unstructured data sources and accelerate digital transformation. With one code base, one architecture, and one data model, the Now Platform connects silos across departments, integrates with all other point solutions and legacy systems, and delivers value fast, immediately and in the long term.
“Business and technology are changing faster than ever, and for procurement teams, this constant innovation is redefining how they work,” said Patrick Reymann, Research Director at IDC. “ServiceNow Procurement Service Management addresses a significant need in the market to improve procurement processes, reduce inefficiencies, and enhance overall experiences by leveraging ServiceNow’s unique workflow optimization and automation capabilities.”
With PSM, finance departments can manage the complete procurement lifecycle with one centralized system of action, providing end-to-end visibility into all processes and complementing current systems of record. This allows organizations to continuously improve source-to-pay processes with real-time benchmarking and reporting of SLA risks; enhance sourcing activities and limit maverick procurement behaviors with agile responses to changing business conditions; and address poor procurement experiences with pattern matching and trend analysis.
Addition procurement capabilities include:
- Accelerated procurement automation: Organizations can redirect more procurement specialist time to high-value priorities by connecting and orchestrating work across all stakeholders, disparate technologies, and systems of record. The solution also mitigates third-party risk with embedded risk controls for a more consistent assessment and remediation process.
- Seamless experiences for all procurement stakeholders: Omni-channel guided experiences that meet employees where they work, along with improved supplier collaboration by integrating suppliers into the value chain with connected, interactive experiences.
- End-to-end visibility into procurement processes: Real-time benchmarking enables continuous improvements to source-to-pay processes. Finance departments limit risk with insights, embedded analytics, and configurable playbooks. They can pinpoint and remediate poor procurement experiences with behavioral and user analytics.
“The future of successful procurement organizations depends on technology infrastructure that unites systems and teams for an integrated, end-to-end experience,” said Steve Simko, Senior Vice President, Procurement Service Line Leader, Genpact. “Procurement Service Management provides a holistic, user-oriented solution that allows teams to refocus employee time, mitigate risk and create a seamless platform for cross-function collaboration.”
This launch comes on the heels of ServiceNow’s acquisition of Gekkobrain in 2021, which extended the power of ServiceNow Creator Workflows to help organizations identify and understand custom code in their ERP deployments and the business processes they support.