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During the past two decades, procurement is consistently evolving from a clerical back office function to a strategic business function. Procurement organizations are largely globalized to engage with the global supply base. The source-to-pay process is highly integrated in centralized IT and ERP systems. Mature technologies, like cloud, central master data base, or an integrated IT landscape are widely adapted. Emerging technologies, like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Chatbots or Blockchain are only at a small number of procurement organizations implemented.
Basic machine learning technology is already used by some procurement applications in areas such as spend analytics and contract analytics. This is mostly limited to automating the processes of collecting, cleaning, classifying and analyzing expenditure data in an organization -- to identify savings or paths to greater efficiency. Today, procurement technology vendors are creating cognitive procurement advisors (CPAs) and virtual personal assistants (VPAs) that use natural-language processing (NLP) and natural-language generation to further increase automation and efficiency. "A procurement VPA can improve the end-user experience of traditional procurement tools and increase spend under management by guiding people to the correct purchasing tool," said Magnus Bergfors, research director at Gartner. "A CPA can provide summaries, recommendations and advice in everything from supplier assessments and performance management, to risk management and compliance."
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the digital technologies progressing rapidly and is a current topic of broad interest. AI has contributed to a more efficient and intelligent way of streamlining business operations, which helps companies achieve cost reduction, improve efficiency and productivity and improve responsiveness to market demand. This article aims to look into the crucial applications of AI in procurement, namely in the area of spend analytics, strategic sourcing and contract management, supplier risk management and robotic process automation (RPA) in procure-to-pay workflow. The chart below shows the applications of AI across Procurement Cycle. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technology capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence by learning, coming to its own conclusions, understanding complex data, engaging in natural dialogues with people, enhancing human cognitive or replacing people on execution of non-routine tasks.