Spend Analytics
April 8, 2021

Drive Transformation With Spend Analytics

What is Spend Analytics?

Spend analysis is the process by which unstructured spend or invoice data, is converted into structured data and meaningful information that can subsequently provide executive management transparency.

Spend Analytics has three core areas :

  • Visibility
  • Analysis
  • Insights

By leveraging all three, companies can generate answers to the questions affecting their spending, including:

  1. Where is the money being spent?
  2. Which 3rd party providers I am spending the money with?
  3. What exactly I am buying?
  4. How may I optimise the current landscape?

The Spend Analytics Market

Research and Markets:- The Spend Analytics Software Market was valued at USD 1.12 billion in2019 and is expected to reach USD 3.05 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 18.2% over the forecast period 2020-2025”. Data Bridge Market Research states that “Global spend analytics market is expected to rise toan estimated value of USD 5.66 billion by 2026, registering a healthy CAGR in the forecast period of 2019-2026”.As a result, it is no surprise that various organisations are coming up with strategies to restrict unwanted spending by adopting spend analytics software to analyse financial / spend / invoice data. The analytics platform also enables monitoring trends by integrating real-time data feed.

How can Spend Analytics drive transformation?

  • Cost Out – As a CFO or any other executive management, you see costs rising. Therefore,there is an urgent need to make savings and free up working capital but don’t have the full visibility to understand where the cost-saving opportunities are quick. Spend analytics can come to your rescue to provide with that visibility to identify cost-saving opportunities!
  • Shareholder returns optimisation – When investors trust your company with their hard-earned money, they would like to get attractive returns on their investments. Therefore, as an organisation, you need to gain the confidence to explore opportunities and maximise ROI. Deploying a spend analytics platform can provide you with a a single source of the truth,helping you understand the underlying operating expenditure.
  • Strategy Development – As part of your executive management team, you aim to develop your business, understand the client landscape and provide actionable strategic insights but you are faced with a heterogeneous landscape of ERP/ Finance/ P2P platforms and struggle to bring data under one hierarchy, then intelligent spend analytics can be effective to classify your data into a structured taxonomy / hierarchy for decision making.
  • Transformation – As a CIO or CTO, you have a task to identify opportunities and enable digital transformation; however, the stumbling block is that you do not have the visibility of the current state including critical suppliers, software products, etc. Getting an accurate view of your spend can help drive IT and digital transformation initiatives.
  • Optimise your supply – As a head of procurement, one of your biggest challenges would be to streamline your supply base, but the first hurdle is poor visibility of interdependencies and costs. To add to your problems, business owners do not feel accountable to terminate or consolidate suppliers. Building a category view to drive category strategies drives significant value to the organisation in such a scenario.

An example of how spend analytics can significant benefit you:

  • Full Visibility on Spend
  • Data Driven Sourcing
  • Identify Saving Opportunities
  • Benchmark and improve supplier performance
  • Streamline Operations
  • Manage Risks

Once their CIO reviewed this information, the client created a business case for a significant software rationalisation programme. Not only it helped save the organisation some money on software license spend, but it also reduced the management overhead of maintaining multiple platforms.

Embracing spend analytics

It is evident that organisations will have increased demand for a more analytical and automated approach to managing their operational expenses (OPEX). With the ever-evolving technologies,features such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can effectively automate data scrubbing and data classification based on pre-defined taxonomy.

But the critical point to note is that data analytics is not a one-time or periodic activity; more importantly, it is to review and analyse transactions in near real-time continuously.

In this way, automation tools can identify spending behaviour patterns and deliver actionable insight to help guide the leadership team to take timely actions.

With Covid-19 acting as a catalyst for digital transformation, embracing data analytics as a tool to mitigate risk will be an essential part of organisations’ efforts to strengthen financial positions ata time when market volatility demands it. Spend analytics will no longer be a nice to have but a must-have capability for all organisations.

Let us help you drive transformation

Our experienced practitioners can easily help you drive transformation and identify opportunities using our Spend Analytics, Spendkey.

Spendkey simplifies spend analytics and derives insights to enable strategic decision making, at all levels in an organisation.

For more information about how we can help, simply book a free exploratory call.