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Fishbowl is a hybrid manufacturing and warehouse management solution designed for small and midsize companies. Key features include inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP), job shop floor control, work order management,... Read More
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Fishbowl is a hybrid manufacturing and warehouse management solution designed for small and midsize companies. Key features include inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP), job shop floor control, work order management,... Read More
 
 
Officewise is a cloud-based system that helps businesses and other organizations track, manage and control spending. Users can create purchase orders, submit them for approval, approve or reject them, and email them directly to vendors.... Read More
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Officewise is a cloud-based system that helps businesses and other organizations track, manage and control spending. Users can create purchase orders, submit them for approval, approve or reject them, and email them directly to vendors.... Read More
 
 
WISE by Royal 4 Systems is a rules-based warehouse management (WMS) system that is able to support a number of industries, including 3PL, automotive, food and beverage and industrial machinery. WISE helps users manage core warehouse... Read More
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WISE by Royal 4 Systems is a rules-based warehouse management (WMS) system that is able to support a number of industries, including 3PL, automotive, food and beverage and industrial machinery. WISE helps users manage core warehouse... Read More
 
 

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Bellwether Purchasing Software is an on-premise and cloud-based purchasing and inventory management solution. Primary features include requisitions, approval routing, purchase order management, receiving, invoice matching, inventory... Read More
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Bellwether Purchasing Software is an on-premise and cloud-based purchasing and inventory management solution. Primary features include requisitions, approval routing, purchase order management, receiving, invoice matching, inventory... Read More
 
 
Contract Insight is a contract lifecycle management solution developed by CobbleStone Systems. It can be deployed either on the customer’s premises (with perpetual licensing) or in the cloud (with monthly subscription licensing). Contract... Read More
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Contract Insight is a contract lifecycle management solution developed by CobbleStone Systems. It can be deployed either on the customer’s premises (with perpetual licensing) or in the cloud (with monthly subscription licensing). Contract... Read More

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Conga Contracts is a hybrid contract lifecycle management (CLM) solution that helps organizations to generate, track, maintain and report on different business contracts. The solution can either be deployed on-premise or hosted in... Read More
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Conga Contracts is a hybrid contract lifecycle management (CLM) solution that helps organizations to generate, track, maintain and report on different business contracts. The solution can either be deployed on-premise or hosted in... Read More
 
 
Seldat’s WMS360 is a modular platform suitable for third-party logistics providers and warehouse operations of all sizes. Key features include inbound and outbound planning, inventory management and automated monitoring. The solution... Read More
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Seldat’s WMS360 is a modular platform suitable for third-party logistics providers and warehouse operations of all sizes. Key features include inbound and outbound planning, inventory management and automated monitoring. The solution... Read More
 
 
3PL warehouse manager is a cloud-based warehouse management system designed for third-party logistics companies to manage multiple customers, processes and billing schedules. The system enables access to real-time information and provides... Read More
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3PL warehouse manager is a cloud-based warehouse management system designed for third-party logistics companies to manage multiple customers, processes and billing schedules. The system enables access to real-time information and provides... Read More
 
 
Procurify is a cloud-based procurement solution that helps businesses track, control and manage spend. Businesses can centralize all purchasing information, while enabling team members to do their own purchasing. This real-time solution... Read More
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Procurify is a cloud-based procurement solution that helps businesses track, control and manage spend. Businesses can centralize all purchasing information, while enabling team members to do their own purchasing. This real-time solution... Read More
 
 
Shipedge is a cloud-based warehouse management solution for small, midsize and large enterprises. It caters to e-commerce warehouses, fulfillment service providers, third-party logistics companies (3PL/4PL), omni/multi-channel retailers,... Read More
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Shipedge is a cloud-based warehouse management solution for small, midsize and large enterprises. It caters to e-commerce warehouses, fulfillment service providers, third-party logistics companies (3PL/4PL), omni/multi-channel retailers,... Read More

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Lead Commerce is an integrated order management suite that offers applications like inventory management, merchandise planning, and customer relationship management. The solution helps small and midsize businesses streamline and automate... Read More
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Lead Commerce is an integrated order management suite that offers applications like inventory management, merchandise planning, and customer relationship management. The solution helps small and midsize businesses streamline and automate... Read More
 
 
Coupa is a cloud-based business spend management solution that helps businesses to manage their budget and spending for business services. Key features include e-procurement, expense management, expense report auditing, real-time benchmarking... Read More
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Coupa is a cloud-based business spend management solution that helps businesses to manage their budget and spending for business services. Key features include e-procurement, expense management, expense report auditing, real-time benchmarking... Read More
 
 
Paramount WorkPlace is a procurement management solution that can be hosted either in the cloud or on-premise. The solution serves midsize and large businesses across industry verticals such as health care, entertainment, technology... Read More
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Paramount WorkPlace is a procurement management solution that can be hosted either in the cloud or on-premise. The solution serves midsize and large businesses across industry verticals such as health care, entertainment, technology... Read More
 
 
eBuyerAssist by Eyvo is a cloud-based procurement solution that caters to businesses across various industry verticals, which helps them to manage their purchasing routines, from requisition to fulfillment. eBuyerAssist features an... Read More
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eBuyerAssist by Eyvo is a cloud-based procurement solution that caters to businesses across various industry verticals, which helps them to manage their purchasing routines, from requisition to fulfillment. eBuyerAssist features an... Read More
 
 
Transwide is a modular and carrier neutral Transportation Management Solution that is delivered in a Software as a Service format. The suite of integrated modules provides the tools for carriers to source, plan, execute, settle, and... Read More
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Transwide is a modular and carrier neutral Transportation Management Solution that is delivered in a Software as a Service format. The suite of integrated modules provides the tools for carriers to source, plan, execute, settle, and... Read More

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AIT SureShip is a shipping management solution that integrates Infor StyeLine and other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions with UPS, FedEx and USPS. It supports on-premise and cloud-based deployment and is suitable for industries... Read More
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AIT SureShip is a shipping management solution that integrates Infor StyeLine and other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions with UPS, FedEx and USPS. It supports on-premise and cloud-based deployment and is suitable for industries... Read More
 
 
Because Geneva Business Management Systems is an integrated software suite, purchasing managers can easily access data from other financial departments to help make decisions. This ERP solution can be accessed via any browser.
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Because Geneva Business Management Systems is an integrated software suite, purchasing managers can easily access data from other financial departments to help make decisions. This ERP solution can be accessed via any browser.
 
 
Kechie is a cloud­-based solution for tracking and reporting sales, inventory, procurement, warehousing and logistics that is suitable for small to midsize businesses. Key features include inventory control, procurement and purchase... Read More
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Kechie is a cloud­-based solution for tracking and reporting sales, inventory, procurement, warehousing and logistics that is suitable for small to midsize businesses. Key features include inventory control, procurement and purchase... Read More
 
 
POOL4TOOL is a cloud-based supply chain management solution that manages the movement of information from clients to suppliers. It is suitable for midsize companies. It features supplier portal, workflow management, ERP integration,... Read More
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POOL4TOOL is a cloud-based supply chain management solution that manages the movement of information from clients to suppliers. It is suitable for midsize companies. It features supplier portal, workflow management, ERP integration,... Read More
 
 
SMART by GEP is a cloud-based unified procurement solution that offers spend analysis, savings tracking, strategic sourcing, contract management, supplier management and procure-to-pay order processing in a mobile-enabled suite.... Read More
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SMART by GEP is a cloud-based unified procurement solution that offers spend analysis, savings tracking, strategic sourcing, contract management, supplier management and procure-to-pay order processing in a mobile-enabled suite.... Read More
 

Buyer's Guide

by Lisa Hedges,
Content Analyst
Last Updated: December 1, 2018


Procurement software solutions vary in terms of functionality, pricing and core technology. The ideal solution enables organizations to control budgets, cut costs and enhance transparency in the approvals and spending process.

The primary objective of procurement solutions is to manage and ease all interactions between the stakeholders, such as originator, buyer, category manager, approver, vendor and receiver, at every transactional step. The solution also executes critical tasks such as request initiation, purchase order placement, bid analysis, invoice approval and final payment.

This guide will assist potential buyers in determining which procurement software best fits their needs.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Procurement Software?
Common Features of Procurement Software
Evaluating Procurement Systems
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Procurement Software?

Procurement software (labeled as RFQ software or purchasing management software by some vendors) manages the purchasing processes within a supply chain. After using sourcing software to analyze current spending and potential vendor performance, these applications take over to finalize deals and initiate monetary transactions. As an important element of supply chain management systems, these systems help organizations efficiently manage their purchasing cycle times and maximize profit on every purchase order (PO).

Common Features of Procurement Software

Procurement management software solutions can convert a well-researched sourcing process into successful purchase orders through user-friendly processes. This helps control non-payroll expenditures and thus support positive asset management over the long run. After reverse auctions, which can take place through public bids or multi-round private offers, the requisitioning phase begins. At this point, the supplies are bought via the system’s electronic purchasing capabilities. Once the order has been completed, the application analyzes receipts for invoice approval and reconciliation.

Screenshot of Fishbowl user dashboard

Screenshot of Fishbowl user dashboard

One of the obvious benefits of these applications and supplier relationship management systems in general is its ability to effectively manage the mass amounts of data that accumulate after an organization’s many purchases. Once purchasing terms have been agreed, e-procurement software submits the information to all necessary parties for immediate approval, ensuring that the procured products can be delivered as soon as possible. For future reference, the program also stores these approval documents as well as the expense figures for each purchase, which will be used in the next sourcing cycle when the organization once again looks to cut costs.

Specific features of an electronic procurement system include:

Selection & ordering Purchasing solutions organize product information in a format that makes it easy to compare products to make the best selection. Although this makes all purchasing decisions easier, where it really adds value is in the selection of commodities, where there are no variations in product features or quality.
Purchase order approval & delivery Organizing the data in one place makes it easy to identify product and purchase order approvals, ensuring that nothing is ordered without the right people knowing about it. They then deliver the POs to the vendors through their preferred delivery method.
Billing As part of the billing functionality in these systems, it should match invoices to orders, and handle electronic bill paying as desired.
Spend data analysis The business intelligence side of these applications analyzes purchasing trends and evaluates vendors to identify potential areas to improve on economies of scale and otherwise improve negotiating position.

Evaluating Procurement Systems

When evaluating purchasing software, it’s a good idea not to get caught up in the individual features of each product. Rather, look for something that matches your current and past use, that will simply expedite decisions you’ve already made.

One of the main decisions you’ll make in purchasing this program is to go with a traditional installation-based system or a software-as-a-service “e-Procurement” system. Procurement applications must handle compliance issues, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 which placed harsher regulations on accounting practices. That means you also need to ensure your application is SOX compliant—maintaining full and reliable disclosure in financial reporting.

Ask the following questions when evaluating solutions for purchasing:

  • Does your department primarily manage direct procurement or indirect procurement? Does this system match those use cases?
  • Is the application SOX compliant?
  • How will this program support you in your commodity purchasing?
  • What’s the PO approval and delivery process?

Market Trends to Understand

As you evaluate a new procurement software solution, it’s important to keep the following industry trends in mind. How your selected vendor fits within these trends could have a significant impact on their viability.

The rise of the cloud. Procurement teams across the world are investing in technology in one way or the other; however, they are yet to maximize the use of the cloud across their organizations. The procurement process can leverage cloud technology in various ways, such as supplier collaboration. The cloud has a lot to offer procurement departments, such as streamlining orders, enhanced visibility across supply chains and smoother execution of various changes, even during the transportation of goods.

For example, Del Monte integrated its supply chain data with the cloud, which enables it to collaborate with its business partners, place supplier contracts, create orders and access global data in real time.

Enhancements in e-procurement. Organizations will have to be more careful while selecting their e-procurement systems and expense management parameters. The ideal e-procurement technology will help them speed up their buying activities, decrease policy breaches and remove existing roadblocks in procurement.

The new generation has unique requirements. These days people have high expectations about how procurement should be done and the technology that must be employed. Hence, organizations must be aware and up to date regarding the latest technology in order to retain the current generation and manage the millennials involved in the overall supply chain.

Growing emphasis on data security. Due to the increasing number of data breaches, organizations must store their data securely at various steps of their supply chain. They should also make people within the supply relationships accountable for any data breaches. Growth in analytics. The complex tasks of data representation, insights and analysis are challenging but critical these days. This trend is growing significantly among procurement teams. Analyzing the spending allows procurement departments to have complete visibility of all indirect and direct spending. It also helps them reduce costs wherever possible and identify all the consolidation opportunities.

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