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Susan Walsh

Founder at The Classification Guru

Guildford, United Kingdom

With nearly a decade of experience fixing your dirty data, Susan Walsh is The Classification Guru.
She brings clarity and accuracy to data and procurement; helps teams work more effectively and efficiently; and cuts through the jargon to address the issues of dirty data and its consequences in an entertaining and engaging way.

Susan is a specialist in data classification, supplier normalisation, taxonomy customisation, and data cleansing and can help your business find cost savings through spend and time management - supporting better, more informed business decisions.

Susan has developed a methodology to accurately and efficiently classify, cleanse and check data for errors which will help prevent costly mistakes and could save days, if not weeks of laborious cleansing and classifying.

Susan is passionate about helping you find the value in cleaning your ‘dirty data’ and raises awareness of the consequences of ignoring issues through her blogs, vlogs, webinars and speaking engagements.

Available For: Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Guildford, UK
Speaking Topics: Spend data, data quality, dirty data, data classification, taxonomies, supplier normalisation

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Author140
Influencer16
Speaker37
Entrepreneur0
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Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Theatre: North America, Europe

Areas of Expertise

AI 32.06
Analytics 66.70
Big Data 55.04
Procurement 44.32
Entrepreneurship 31.31
Leadership 30.03
Startups 30.31
Supply Chain 34.42
RPA 31.17
Cloud 30.15

Industry Experience

Professional Services

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Publications

14 Article/Blogs
The Dangers of Dirty Data
Procurious
September 17, 2020
Is your organisation working with ‘dirty data’? How would you know? And, what impact is it having? This article has everything you need to know about doing a quick spot check, spotting procurement problems, identifying savings, and more importantly, making sure your data has its COAT on.

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

Why maintaining your procurement data is so important
Fairmarkit
August 25, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

What is spend data classification and why should I care?
The Classification Guru
August 13, 2020

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

DON’T LEAVE YOUR DATA OUT IN THE COLD - IT NEEDS A COAT
Future of Sourcing
August 12, 2020
Protect your data, make sure it has its COAT on. Read on to find out more.

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

Susan versus the Machine: making peace with AI
World of Procurement
July 16, 2020
What’s that coming over the hill - is it a monster? No, it’s just the 21st century. As much as I love technology and AI, it's not there in spend data classification. Let me tell you why....

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Procurement

Paint, bras, toothpaste, and blouses - getting to know The Classification Guru
The Classification Guru
July 13, 2020
Ever wondered how I got started? This interview will explain everything....

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Tags: Big Data, Entrepreneurship, Procurement

Make sure your data has its COAT on
Let's Talk Supply Chain
June 26, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

The dangers of dirty procurement data
Fairmarkit
June 02, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Supply Chain, Procurement

Things I've learned in my 3 years of business
The Classification Guru
June 01, 2020
It's been a rollercoaster, but I've learned some great tips that I'd like to share with you. Some I've mastered, some not so much....yet!

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Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship

Get your COAT, you’ve pulled (clean data)
World of Procurement
May 22, 2020
Make sure your data has it's COAT. It must be

Consistent
Organised
Accurate
Trustworthy

Read my blog to find out more....

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Tags: Big Data, Supply Chain, Procurement

The dangers of dirty data — How to do a quick and easy spot-check
Spend Matters UK/Europe
May 12, 2020
Data should be everyone’s responsibility, from the bottom of an organisation right to the very top. Currently, across many organisations, data is the responsibility of a person or department, and everyone trusts them to make sure the data is accurate.

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

The High Cost of Dirty Data and Its Consequences for CPOs and Their Teams
Digital Procurement World
April 01, 2020
An article discussing what is dirty data, its consequences and how to spot check it.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

The secret to perfectly maintained data
The Classification Guru
July 11, 2019

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Things I've learned in my two years of business
The Classification Guru
June 09, 2019
An honest account of my 2 years in business.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Startups

4 Media Interviews
Good Morning Data Show
George Firican
September 18, 2020
Data classification and data gone wrong with Susan Walsh - The Data Classification Guru

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Entrepreneur Interviews – The Data Classification Guru
Corner Finance
September 16, 2020
A long time ago, when things were very different, we sat down face-to-face to speak with Susan Walsh - the one and only Data Classification Guru.

If you're looking for a genuinely inspiring business owner, then look no further. The importance of persistence, of having a passion for what you do, of surrounding yourself with the right people, and of wanting to make a difference - there is so much in here. Just don't call her an entrepreneur......or mention ghosting.

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Tags: Big Data, Entrepreneurship, Procurement

The Classification Guru and Fixer of Dirty Data – Susan Walsh – #WSW – Women Supporting Women
Ms Category Management
May 10, 2020
Have you met Susan Walsh - The Classification Guru?!

Ever wonder why your data that was supposedly classified with AI and machine learning still comes back dirty almost 6-8 weeks later?

Then check out my latest blog Susan's phenomenal career and business insights!

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

Data Classification – AI and RPA are NOT taking over the world according to this expert
Spend Matters UK/Europe
March 09, 2020
A perspective on the impact of AI and RPA on the human workforce.

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Tags: AI, Procurement, RPA

4 Panels
The Shaily Show - Women in Data Science
Shailendra Kumar
August 13, 2020

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Tags: AI, Analytics, Big Data

Procurement Nightmares, Trainwrecks & Meltdowns
RSN
July 09, 2020
I moderate this panel of procurement experts, sharing the good, the bad and the ugly experiences.

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

Data Lessons the world can learn from the Covid-19 Crisis Rick
Cloud Data Summit
May 27, 2020
A discussion around what we've learned from the data situation in relation to Covid-19 and how we can learn from this and apply to our organisations.

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Tags: Analytics, AI, Big Data, Cloud

Data War Stories
Cloud Data Summit
May 27, 2020
A sharing of disastrous and hilarious data experiences.

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Tags: Analytics, AI, Big Data

11 Podcasts
Fixer of dirty data, classification and data accuracy - Susan Walsh
Cliff Notes Podcast
September 14, 2020
This episode Susan Walsh - The Classification Guru gives us a whirlwind tour of what money is going missing in bad data with Cliff Notes: Lead manufacturing host Tristan Bailey.

She can clean it up quickly and affordably, saving your team hours of messing around in Excel and with product code mix ups.

In offices and ordering systems for manufacturing businesses Susan often sees large overlap in miss entered data or different SKU from different suppliers. So clean up saves time and money.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Supply Chain

How to get good procurement data
World of Procurement
July 22, 2020
A conversation with Daniel Barnes about all things Procurement

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

Episode32 - Susan Walsh #data #datacleaning #datapreparation #classification
SoLeadSaturday/Vaishali Lambe
July 11, 2020
Speaking about how I got started, dirty data, and my approach, amongst many other things.

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Tags: Big Data, Entrepreneurship, Procurement

Talent Talks Podcast
Talent Talks
July 10, 2020
In episode 15 of Talent Talks, Martin and Susan dive deep into the meaning of spend data and classification, as well as winding back to last weeks’ topic of personal branding, which Susan has worked on a lot over the last year… this includes talk of her love of pyjamas and pink!

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

The Story So Far
Audio Outsource
May 19, 2020
Talking with Kerr Mathieson about my journey and how I got to where I am right now.

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Entrepreneurship

Get Value From Your Spend Data Without a Source-to-Pay System with Susan Walsh (#4)
Pure Procurement
May 19, 2020
“It doesn’t matter which software you implement. If you don’t have your data right BEFORE you implement it, there’s no amount of software in the world that’s going to fix it.” – Susan Walsh

Listen to this and more in

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Tags: Big Data, Supply Chain, Procurement

Building a Data Strategy for Procurement
Bicara Supply Chain
May 10, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

How to get good procurement data
World of Procurement
May 05, 2020
Susan Walsh - The Classification Guru delivered so much value talking Procurement Data, how to get it clean and how Procurement Teams should be treating their approach to management of Data.

This episode was super insightful and you really are going to learn so much from it.

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Tags: Big Data, Supply Chain, Procurement

Fixing Dirty Data
Procuretech Podcast
April 22, 2020
On this week's podcast James Meads talks to the ever-bubbly Susan Walsh - The Classification Guru, who tells an interesting story of how she came into this space, and why simple data classification is an absolutely essential foundation before embarking on any digital transformation initiative.

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Tags: Big Data, Supply Chain, Procurement

There's No Such Thing As Perfect Data: Susan Walsh Details How to Keep Your Data Clean
Data Decisioning
March 03, 2020
A conversation around data quality and it's importance.

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Tags: AI, Analytics, Big Data

‘The Top 5 things to do with your data
JoCoBu
November 05, 2019
Along with sharing ‘The Top 5 things to do with your data’, Susan tells us of her struggles of a failing business, how it brought her closer to her passion of data and the launch of The Classification Guru. To round up the podcast, Susan discusses ethical values and her personal pledge to help the environment by using a shared car. Listen out for the #offthewall question at the end.

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

2 Speaking Engagements
The Dangers of Dirty Data...And how to fix it
Big Data LDN
September 24, 2020

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Women Tech Global Conference
WomenTech network
June 10, 2020

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

30 Videos
Lets Talk Taxonomies
The Classification Guru
September 24, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

Supplier Normalisation
The Classification Guru
September 16, 2020
What is supplier normalisation and how do I do it? Watch on to find out more....

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

COAT Supplier Normalisation
The Classification Guru
September 09, 2020
I present to you the first of my wardrobe of services - COAT Supplier Normalisation. Because not only should your data have its COAT on, but so should my services.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Tips to Get Good Taxonomy
Supply Chain TV
September 09, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

Does your data have its COAT on?
Supply Chain TV
August 26, 2020
What's a COAT? Watch to find out...

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

Do you like dirty data?
The Classification Guru
August 17, 2020
I don't, it makes me very angry...

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Using the same data language
Supply Chain TV
August 12, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

What is dirty data?
Supply Chain TV
July 29, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

Data Tech Talk
S Raghib
July 17, 2020
Discussions around data and starting your own business.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Entrepreneurship

Taxonomy Top 3 Tips
The Classification Guru
July 17, 2020
What do you need for a good taxonomy? Watch this video to find out more...

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Top 3 Normalisation Tips
The Classification Guru
July 17, 2020
How can you normalise data better? Watch this video to find out more.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Which COAT??
The Classification Guru
July 17, 2020
Just like data services, there are different types of coats, but which one is best for you?

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

What is dirty data?
The Classification Guru
July 17, 2020
You might think you know what it is, but it can mean different things to different people...

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Which COAT for you data?
The Classification Guru
July 15, 2020
There are many different data services out there, and just like coats, they offer different levels of protection. So, which one is for you??

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

The Importance of having accurate data
Supply Chain TV
July 15, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Procurement, Supply Chain

Good Taxonomy
CIPS Surrey & Sussex
July 07, 2020
Explaining the importance of a good taxonomy.

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Tags: Big Data, Supply Chain, Procurement

Why categorizing your data is important | Stories from Data Den with Susan Walsh
The SC - Supply Chain TV
July 01, 2020

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Tags: Big Data, Supply Chain, Procurement

UNSPSC or not to UNSPSC?
The Classification Guru
July 01, 2020
Covering off the pros and cons of using the UNSPSC.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Does your data have it's COAT on?
The Classification Guru
June 05, 2020
Your data must be Consistent, Organised, Accurate and Trustworthy.

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Tags: Big Data, Supply Chain, Procurement

Win with data E10 - The Classification Guru
Snap Analytics
May 12, 2020

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Tags: AI, Analytics, Big Data

Data Quality
Story by Data
April 13, 2020
A video interview for Humans of Data Science on data quality.

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Tags: Analytics, AI, Big Data

What is a taxonomy?
The Classification Guru
March 06, 2020
A basic explanation of what a taxonomy is and how it's used.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Maintaining Data
The Classification Guru
March 06, 2020
The importance of maintaining data.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

How to check classified data in Omniscope
The Classification Guru
February 14, 2020
A how-to guide to effectively check data in Omniscope

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Classifying Data in Omniscope
The Classification Guru
January 14, 2020
A how-to guide on efficiently classifying data in Omniscope.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Classifying Refreshes in Omniscope
The Classification Guru
January 14, 2020
A how-to guide on checking data.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

How Data is Classified
The Classification Guru
December 12, 2019
An explanation on how I classify data.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Why you should classify spend data
The Classification Guru
December 12, 2019
In this video I explain the importance of classifying spend data.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Normalising Vendors in Omniscope
The Classification Guru
December 03, 2019
A how-to guide on how to normalise suppliers in Omniscope.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

Machine Learning & AI
The Classification Guru
December 01, 2019
A simple but effective description of how AI & ML works.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

1 Webinar
The Dangers of Dirty Data
A.I.M Learning
September 19, 2020

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

9 Webinars
The Dangers Of Dirty Data And How To Fix It
DPhi
September 26, 2020

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Procurement Nightmares, Meltdowns & Trainwrecks
Real Sourcing Network
July 09, 2020
I moderate a group of topnotch, veteran sourcing executives who provide valuable insights into their mistakes, setbacks, and failures. Our panel, share their procurement nightmares, trainwrecks and meltdowns. They also reveal the wisdom gained from their mistakes, and how they have learned to refine their skills and add more value to their companies.

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

The Impact of Dirty Data on Analytics…..
Qlik Virtual Meetup Scotland
June 19, 2020
An insight into what dirty data is, and how it can affect analytics.

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

The dangers of dirty data and its consequences
Made to Measure KPI's
June 11, 2020

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Procurement

The Dangers of Dirty Data.... and it's consequences
ThinkLinkers
May 27, 2020
Don't miss the fourth episode with the great speakers Vinay Simha from Philips and Susan Walsh, the Classification Guru. Vinay will cover the topic of MDM Roadmaps: Staying committed to your MDM Vision, and Susan will address The Dangers of Dirty data.

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Tags: Analytics, AI, Big Data

The dangers of dirty data....and it's consequences
Cloud Data Summit
May 27, 2020

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Workshop on data cleaning
Cloud Data Summit
May 27, 2020
Tips on how to efficiently clean your data, regardless of skill level.

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Big Data LDN Digital: Tips and Tricks for Data Teams During Lockdown
BrightTalk/Big Data LDN
April 09, 2020
Data Quality lockdown tips

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The dangers of dirty data...and how to spot it
BrightTalk/DAMA UK
February 07, 2020
We all know what bad data looks like, but what are the consequences? Susan Walsh, The Classification Guru has spent 8 years classifying spend data and will share with you some examples from the perspective of the end user in terms of supplier normalisation and data classification, and will show you how to make quick spot checks of your data to find these.

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Tags: AI, Analytics, Big Data

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1 Business
Spend Data Classification

Location: Virtual    Date Available: April 16th, 2020    Fees: Price per project

Submission Date: April 16th, 2020    Service Type: Service Offered

Are you struggling to get reliable insights from your data? Do you know how much you are really spending with one supplier, and on what? Have you got free text descriptions which mean you have multiple versions of the same item, often misspelt and not against the correct GL or categorisation? Or missing product codes?

I bring clarity and accuracy to data and help procurement and data teams work more effectively and efficiently, finding cost savings through spend and time management, supporting better, more informed business decisions, delivering a strong ROI and delivering back to your organisation faster and more cost-effectively than using large consultancies or spend analytics providers.

While most people dread having to classify or cleanse data, I love it! I am hugely passionate about providing clients with accurate and meaningful data, and because I have been doing this for a number of years, I can do this much faster and more accurately than people who might look at their data infrequently.

Many businesses struggle to get accurate spend information because of incorrectly classified data, unclassified data or limited visibility on their spend. Without this, it's difficult to negotiate better rates with suppliers, track KPI's, reduce spend or make good business decisions.

With accurate data, you can do all of this, plus prevent costly mistakes from happening.

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