Buyers display a lack of faith in spend data

5 May 2010

5 May 2010 | Andy Allen

Just under one-third of purchasers have a high degree of confidence in the data that measures their spending, according to a report.

In a survey of 150 procurement professionals by procurement technology firm Rosslyn Analytics, only 28 per cent of buyers said they believed their spend data was “complete and accurate”.

In addition, 31 per cent of respondents had a low level of confidence that the information was accurate enough for decision-making purposes. Forty per cent had a medium level of confidence.

“With recent advances in technology including automated data extraction, categorisation and enrichment services, it shocks me that procurement continues to have inadequate spend data,” said Rosslyn Analytics CEO Charles Clark.

“The sooner procurement professionals resolve data quality concerns, the sooner they will be able to focus on the serious business of sustainable cost savings.”

The report also found that 40 per cent of respondents used a third-party provider to gain additional information from available data.

The findings follow a report published by the same company claiming improved spend analysis could increase savings from strategic sourcing by up to 12 per cent.

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