What are the tools available for purchasing department? ERP?
This is the most common answer. But actually, ERP is a tool dedicated to production and production, it does not support purchasing process. Simply ask a sourcer how he makes request for quotation, price analysis, product costing: excel + email.
Purchasing daily job is a huge data manipulation job, handling numerous files, data key-in, copy-paste… Excel, though is very convenient tool, it’s not appropriate to information sharing, its row and column structure is not designed for the data to handle. As a consequence it lead to a big loss of time, do not provide easy re-use of data which represent a huge value, neither offer tracking possibilities. All this lead to high mistake risk where for critical and finance and business stakes.