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Bertrand Maltaverne

Vienna, Austria

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I am a Procurement digitalist.
I spent a lot of time at the photocopier and the fax machine at my Procurement job, but then I got involved with an eSourcing pilot project at my company, a Fortune 500. This was when I realized the potential of modern Procurement technology - and its challenges.

Since then, I have spent 15 years focused on the digitalization of Procurement (direct and indirect), in various roles. Now that I have switched to the procurement software vendor and consultancy, I use my experience to help organizations succeed in their transformation projects.

I believe in the transformative effect of technology on business. It sounds counterintuitive but I also believe that digital is a means, not the end.

Precisely because the digital transformation is not purely a technological challenge, is why I am so passionate about it. I have learned from psychology, behavioral economics, communication and change management.

My specialty is synthesizing all this to develop a vision, build a strategy and implement it. In my work and outside it, I contribute to the field on social media, blogs, articles, and conferences.

"Revolution doesn't happen when society adopts new technologies?—?it happens when society adopts new behaviors." —Clay Shirky in Here Comes Everybody

Bertrand MaltavernePoints
Academic0
Author40
Influencer30
Speaker13
Entrepreneur0
Total83

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Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Areas of Expertise

Digital Transformation 32.05
Procurement 44.28
Supply Chain 33.92
AI 32.01
Blockchain 32.62
IoT 30.33
Innovation 30.12
Big Data 30.23
Risk Management 30.35
Sustainability 31.75
Change Management 30.28

Industry Experience

Automotive
Chemicals
Consumer Products
Healthcare
Manufacturing
Metal Products
Pharmaceuticals
Primary Metal & Steel
Travel & Transportation

Publications

25 Article/Blogs
Ignore Supply Chain risk at your own peril
Procurious
September 23, 2019
Despite the general consensus that risk management is important, recent studies have found that many companies still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do…

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement, Risk Management

What Is The Cure To The Side Effects Of KPIs?
Procurious
August 01, 2019
KPIs: topic extensively covered in biz literature. Despite that, they're often poorly designed & inadvertently encourage behaviors that can be very damaging… And, in the world of Procurement, some KPIs may create problematic situations!

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement, Change Management

Lessons In Risk Management: Unity Is Strength
Import from medium.com
July 15, 2019
In a digital future, relationships will continue to matter when it comes to risk management…

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Tags: Procurement, Risk Management

After Saving Costs, Now Is The Time To Save The World!
Import from medium.com
July 02, 2019
We, as procurement professionals and as citizens, have a responsibility to take action to tackle the challenge of working sustainably.

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Tags: Sustainability, Supply Chain, Procurement

What can Yoda teach us about the Kraljic matrix
Procurious
June 18, 2019
Or the need to be able to move forward while being mindful and even respectful of the past… Even in Procurement!

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Tags: Procurement

Lessons in risk management: unity is strength
Procurious
June 13, 2019
In a digital future, relationships will continue to matter when it comes to risk mgmt… (among other things). Here are a couple of real-life stories about Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) that show why!

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Tags: Procurement, Risk Management, Supply Chain

Transparency In Supply Chains And Blockchain: What Is The Most Common Trap?
Import from medium.com
June 11, 2019
Becoming aware of blockchain’s weak spots is an important first step towards taking full advantage of what the technology really has to offer.

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Tags: Blockchain, Sustainability, Procurement

After Saving Costs, Now Is The Time To Save The World!
Procurious
May 29, 2019
We, as procurement professionals and as citizens, have a responsibility to take action to tackle the challenge of working sustainably.

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain, Sustainability

Transparency In Supply Chains And Blockchain: What Is The Most Common Trap?
Procurious
May 09, 2019
Blockchain has limitations that threaten to jeopardize many recent high-profile initiatives to increase traceability and visibility in the supply chain...

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Tags: Blockchain, Procurement, Supply Chain

AI and Procurement: Boldly Going Where No Team Has Gone Before?
Import from medium.com
May 07, 2019
The battle of “human vs. machine” is raging in Hollywood and, increasingly, in the workplace. What does the future hold for AI?By Bertrand MaltavernePhoto by Stefan Cosma on Unsplash2001: a space odyssey… Terminator… The Matrix…If you were to believe some of the sci-fi blockbusters, you

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Tags: AI, Procurement

AI and Procurement: boldly going where no team has gone before?
Procurious
April 05, 2019
The battle of “human vs. machine” is raging in Hollywood and, increasingly, in the workplace. What does the future hold for AI?

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Tags: AI, Procurement

Could RPA Make Procurement Jobs More Human?
Import from medium.com
March 21, 2019
By Bertrand MaltaverneThe new “hot” technology generating hype in 2019 is Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Here’s how it can help procurement…Photo by Andy Kelly on UnsplashProcurement is, by nature, in the business of relationships. Whether it’s managing suppliers or stakeholders, the s

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Tags: AI, Procurement

Blockchain Will Not Save The World (At Least Not This Year…)
Import from medium.com
September 26, 2018
By Bertrand Maltaverne Blockchain hype has spread like wildfire… But it’s time for a reality check…Photo by Verena Yunita Yapi on UnsplashDon’t —Don’t —Don’t —Don’t —Don’t believe the hype…“Don’t Believe the Hype” is a song by Public Enemy that dates back to 1988 an

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Tags: Blockchain

Blockchain will not save the world (at least not this year...)
Procurious
August 23, 2018
Blockchain hype has spread like wildfire… But it’s time for a reality check…

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Tags: Blockchain, Supply Chain, Procurement

4 Reasons for Procurement to Back Blockchain
Import from medium.com
August 08, 2018
By Bertrand MaltavernePhoto by rawpixel on UnsplashWhat is blockchain? How can it impact your organization and help establish trust? Why should procurement be embracing it? We answer all of your burning blockchain questions…Blockchain belongs to the (long?) list of buzzwords that are part of the

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Tags: Blockchain, Procurement

“Hey, Procurement…” The Rise of Chatbots in Supply Management
Import from medium.com
July 19, 2018
“Hey, Siri,…”“Alexa,…”“OK Google,..”Digital assistants are ubiquitous. We talk to them (Siri, Alexa, Cortana, etc.). We chat with them (Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Skype, WeChat, etc.). They are in our phones, in our computers, ...

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Tags: AI, Supply Chain, Procurement

The Two Obvious Challenges Of Digital Transformation That Everyone Ignores
Import from medium.com
July 10, 2018
As Heraclitus once said, “the only thing that is constant is change.” Another thing that is equally true today is that digital is playing a central role in pushing organizations and individuals towards change.

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Tags: Digital Transformation

Innovation Isn’t About What You Control, But What You Can Access. The Procurement View.
Import from medium.com
April 09, 2018
Article based on an excellent and inspiring article by Greg Satell - Innovation Isn’t About What You Control, But What You Can Access - When I read the article, I immediately thought about Procurement because Procurement could (yes, could…) play a ...

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Tags: Innovation, Procurement

How to Solve the Big Data Challenge in Procurement?
ProcurementIQ
March 15, 2018
There is an important issue within procurement that needs to be addressed. Too many CPOs and purchasing departments are looking at the future of procurement solely through a technological prism and consider technology as the end—when it is merely the means to an end. It is no surprise, then, that the questions at the top of their list are centered around what technology they should focus on and implement, as if that piece of technology will magically fix all of their problems...

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Procurement

A New Era for Big Data in Procurement: The Convergence of The Internet of Things, Blockchain, and…
Import from medium.com
March 13, 2018
A New Era for Big Data in Procurement: The Convergence of The Internet of Things, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence - This is a slightly edited/enhanced version of a 2-part series I wrote in February 2018 ...

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Tags: Blockchain, IoT, Procurement

A leopard, a lizard, and a peacock… Tales of tail spend management.
Import from medium.com
January 15, 2018
Anyone with a little bit of experience in business has heard of the Pareto (or 80/20) “rule.” And this principle drives how organizations are targeting their efforts towards areas that would maximize results. With limited (finite) resources, it is logical to focus ...

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Tags: Procurement

Public vs. Private: Is Procurement Any Different?
Import from medium.com
August 28, 2017
People often compare the public and private sectors, which can lead to heated debates. The aim of these comparisons is to determine which sector is performing better than the other, but most of the arguments rely on generalizations and stereotypes.

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Tags: Procurement

Blockchain: what are the opportunities for Procurement?
Import from medium.com
July 17, 2017
By Bertrand MaltaverneBlockchain is more than just a ledger…To be honest, I haven’t totally figured out all of the details of the inner workings of the blockchain technology. And, I do not think I will ever try to as some of it is very technical. I also do not believe that Procurement professio

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Tags: Blockchain, Procurement

What is the Digital Transformation of Procurement Really About?
Import from medium.com
May 25, 2017
By Bertrand MaltaverneElectronic tools have become stalwarts of modern society, to the point where many are even considered ubiquitous. As a result, it may seem as though digital transformation is old news, and that most (if not all) organizations are already fully digital.According to a recent rep

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement

Cognitive Procurement — What Are the Implications?
Import from medium.com
March 27, 2017
By Bertrand MaltaverneAfter first proving its intelligence by beating humans at various games (Chess in 1996, Jeopardy in 2011, Go in 2016 and again in 2017, and Poker very recently), artificial intelligence (AI) is now “blind to the color of the collar”, be it white or blue. It is making its wa

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Tags: AI, Procurement

1 Panel
Panelist / 2019 SCMA National Conference and Awards Gala, Montreal, Canada
Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA)
May 29, 2019
SCMA's National Conference and Awards Gala is Canada’s premier event for professionals in supply chain management and the most important gathering of Canadian supply chain leaders.

Each year, hundreds of top supply chain decision-makers from across Canada come together at the SCMA National Conference to discover the latest developments in supply chain disruption and innovation, as well as current best practices in the profession.

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

4 Speaking Engagements
BME Symposium 2019 / Making Procurement Smarter with AI!
BME
November 13, 2019
Fast answers, ad hoc reports, and on-demand charts – does that sound too good to be true? Actually it is not at all.: Modern AI applications are already able to make the lives of purchasing teams much easier – and not just for routine tasks. AI offers enormous purchasing potential to make more informed, strategic decisions. AI can unlock capacity, derive new insights, and make them available in real time, depending on when and where they are needed. Yet there are few true success stories. How can companies exploit the potential of AI to transform purchasing in a sustainable way?

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Procurement

12th. Smart Procurement World Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa
Smart Procurement
September 18, 2018
12th Annual Smart Procurement World's theme, "Innovation that Transforms" encouraging and supporting practitioners in demonstrating innovative value of supply chain for economic growth.

My topic: “The procurement guide to Blockchain technology and
how it will change our world.”

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Tags: Blockchain, Procurement, Supply Chain

How to Create a Digital Strategy for Procurement
ProcurementIQ
August 15, 2018
Many organizations are considering the implementation of digital tools to optimize their procurement activities. But for newcomers to the digital procurement scene, the process can seem daunting at first. You probably have questions like:
Where do I start?
How can I create a successful digital strategy that will deliver the benefits we’re looking for?
How do I get buy-in from procurement and organizational management?
How do I avoid the hype and choose technologies that will work for me?

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

IV. International Procurement Conference, Istanbul, Oct., 2017
ByPI
October 12, 2017
Europe's and Turkey's Biggest and Most Prestigious Procurement Conference.
Procurement Consultants and Directors of the world's leading companies meet for 4th time with Turkey's Procurement Decision Makers. This year's conference theme is Procurement Transformation - Nothing Will Be The Same.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

5 Whitepapers
Why Procurement Needs a Digital Strategy
ProcurementIQ
July 25, 2018
Procurement departments must acknowledge the importance of the digital revolution, understand why you need a digital strategy and discover how to start the process of creating one for your department.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

Digital Procurement 2017: Just Hype or the New Standard?
Jaggaer / BMÖ
December 05, 2017
The study, “Digital Procurement: Just Hype or the New Standard?,” conducted in cooperation with the BMÖ (Austrian Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics), reveals that 83% of companies are not taking full advantage of digital procurement’s potential even though the majority of these companies already have the necessary technological framework to do so.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

Cognitive Procurement: The Final Frontier
Jaggaer
November 06, 2017
This white paper will give you a head start on exploring one of the most exciting procurement trends: Cognitive Procurement! You’ll learn:
- What Cognitive Procurement is
- How Cognitive Procurement will impact daily Procurement activities and unlock new capabilities
- How AI will help you boost performance, manage risk, make accurate predictions and change the future!

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Tags: AI, Procurement, Supply Chain

Rev Up Your Procurement Value Engine
Jaggaer
April 25, 2016
The Procurement Organization of the Future is Here! Part II.
Procurement must now understand its value and purpose, define its true role in business, and have a clear vision of how to deliver this.

The whitepaper will help readers:
- Gain an insight into the emerging role of Procurement
- Learn how your Procurement department can drive organizational value
- Identify drivers that improve effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

Boost Your Procurement Value Engine
Jaggaer
April 04, 2016
The Procurement Organization of the Future is Here!
Procurement must now understand its value and purpose, define its true role in business, and have a clear vision of how to deliver this.

The whitepaper will help readers:
- Gain an insight into the emerging role of Procurement
- Learn how your Procurement department can drive organizational value
- Identify drivers that improve effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

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