The five foundational pillars of Spend Intelligence: Pillar Two

February 27, 2024

In the first blog of this series, we focused on the first foundational pillar of spend intelligence, namely Unique Vendor identification. We saw how deriving a deeper understanding of the spend allows business leaders to craft smart procurement strategies and how machine learning models ingest staggering amounts of data and provide intelligent insights in weeks, not months.

Giving your data a structured framework is the next step toward extracting insights from your procurement data. Organizing your spend into meaningful groups helps you understand and track where money is spent.

Pillar Two: Taxonomy – Where's the dilemma?

Taxonomy is the classification of an organization's spend in a hierarchical order. Standard taxonomies are available, such as the global United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC).

The dilemma: How the categories get structured allows the user to see opportunities and potentials. Having fewer sub-categories or levels means that a good deal of spend gets lumped together. Too many sub-categories, on the other hand, lead to redundancy.

Why is it important? With a taxonomy that aligns with your specific industry and business, you can compare your spend against industry benchmarks and identify any outliers. The correct categorization gives you a level of granularity that makes it easier to identify any problematic spend, which can then be resolved to realize procurement savings.

Creating a meaningful structure is a cumbersome and time-consuming task. An AI-powered spend product such as SpendAi brings you the unrivaled industry-specific Taxonomy defined by experts. Having worked with experts in various industries, our taxonomy is closely aligned with the industry requirements. You can further customize and align the taxonomy to your business needs.

Organizing data in meaningful structures allows you to look at suppliers at multiple levels of a category, giving you negotiating leverage. You can broaden your strategy with a supplier by expanding the width of your category.

ElectrifAi’s SpendAi: 2-4% savings in 6-8

ElectrifAi is one of the US' leading ML products providers with an extensive library of pre-built products enabling our clients to capture tangible benefits quickly. We work with the C-suite to understand and solve business problems through data and machine learning. The insights generated from SpendAi help our clients realize 2-4% savings in 6-8 weeks. In addition, it provides specific recommendations to mitigate supply chain risks. All this is done with zero data quality requirements and zero need for a data science team.

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We are the last mile that sits on the top to solve specific business problems and bring about savings. We have seen many companies dealing with procurement struggles. And we have helped them through those challenges to see actual results that cut costs, reduce risks, and increase revenue. A leading Fortune 100 chemical manufacturer accelerated visibility into their vendor spend categories and delivered on client expectations for cost reductions. The results exceeded targeted cost reduction by 7.5%, tangible results seen within 30 days, and 98% classification of vendor spend in organized categories.