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Overview of Siebel Strategic Sourcing Analytics
The Siebel Strategic Sourcing Analytics application allows you to analyze your procurement expenses and costs variances, as well as track your suppliers and supplier-related spending. It helps you to understand where and how spending occurs across your entire organization and to evaluate the price, quality, and delivery timing in procuring materials. Furthermore, it allows you to evaluate both direct and indirect spending (indirect spend being MRO and employee expenses). Through visibility into this complex data, you can reduce spending, intelligently select suppliers, and achieve a new balance and flexibility in your sourcing.
The Siebel Strategic Sourcing Analytics application is comprised of these functional areas:
- Expenses. The Expenses functional area contains targeted metrics and reports that examine travel and expense costs in relationship to your organization's overall spending patterns. In contrast to analyzing direct spending patterns, where you may review purchasing, Expenses examines indirect spending—the cost of employee related expenses.
- Spend. The Spend functional area contains targeted reports and metrics that allow you to analyze both direct and indirect spend in detail to allow complete visibility of spending across your organization.
- Suppliers. The Suppliers functional area contains targeted reports and metrics that allow you to analyze the timeliness, reliability, cost, and quality of goods provided by your suppliers.