Procurement teams spend a lot of time managing documentation, and for good reason. A misplaced file or incorrect specification could mean weeks of delays for a procurement project. This makes the navigation of complex documentation critical to successful project management. The question now is, how do you improve the methodology of your procurement team to set them up for success? Being able to traverse a complex world of documentation is a critical first step.
Through our customer engagement, we found that clients were not supported by their previous procurement system in organizing, communicating, and tracking the documentation requirements that are part and parcel of complex technical procurement. In the engineering procurement and construction management (EPCM) space, this documentation effort is at times herculean. There can be hundreds of different documents required in the purchasing process of a single Engineering project. And as your projects get bigger these documentation pressures will only increase.
Our focus groups were undertaking a massive manual effort per purchase order to define document requirements, transpose these requirements onto the purchase order, and then create the complex custom spreadsheets required to track submissions. All this manual input to ensure applicable specifications, standard drawings and document requirements were communicated and collected on time.
As we dove further, we found opportunities to streamline many of these activities. By bringing the data into the purchasing system directly we could improve quality, reduce total effort, and bring visibility to all stakeholders. This idea of aggregating and simplifying these drawn-out processes was the foundation for the documentation module.
The functionality of this module is massive, so let’s hit on the high points:
This is where your team can create the specifications and standards for the project. Unlike your classic spreadsheets, these specs and standards can be replicated, moved to different projects, and updated for your team in real time:
This is where procurement teams can create document requirements and track documents at multiple stages of completion. If an action requires the authorization of a team lead, you can set that authorization per document submission and project:
This dashboard provides a way for you to quickly understand the status of your documents and act when documentation starts to fall behind schedule. You can download reports for circulation and keep track of all aspects of your project:
With comparisons you can quickly collate different aspects of your project to measure differences in metrics and specifications to maintain project visibility and find efficiency gains:
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