Enhancing Procurement with Real-Time Reporting

Mitch Bryant   |   April 13, 2023

As procurement operations evolve by adopting new technology and using efficient workflows, an important outcome is the ability for real-time reporting. Historically, reporting data had to be compiled manually, consolidated, analysed, and then reported on. Today, compiling and consolidating can be automated so that more time can be spent analysing data and generating insights.

Why real-time reporting is important.

Increased efficiency

A key component of the technology required for real-time reporting is automating the compilation and consolidation of procurement data. This, in turn, improves the quality of scheduled reports as more time can be spent by procurement specialists analysing the data to uncover meaningful insights.

With data already in one place, custom reports can be quickly created to answer ad hoc questions as they arise.

Improved day-to-day operations

Having on-demand access to current information impacts productivity by creating faster feedback loops and motivating accountability.

Procurement activities can be evaluated on shorter timeframes so that any issues can be quickly identified and to ensure that KPIs are on track to be met.

With real-time updates to procurement scheduling, project teams will be able to make more informed decisions and better manage deliverables.

Smarter strategic planning

The systems and processes required for real-time reporting improve data trust, transparency and auditing by ensuring there is a reliable, consistent source of truth.

Real-time reporting helps strategic planning by providing access to the current, long-term information necessary for risk management and forecasting.

Increased visibility

The ability to quickly provide accurate updates as needed increases the visibility of the procurement function. C-suite and project teams alike will benefit from real-time reporting and how it improves short and long term planning.

Requirements for real-time reporting. 

A centralised procurement system

A central vendor management and procurement system used across all projects is the first step towards real-time reporting. This is important because a common system ensures that the processes and data being captured are standardised throughout the organisation.

Data integrity

Data health and integrity are critical to realising the benefits of real-time reporting. Implementing strong internal controls and workflows will ensure that data is entered consistently, and reports are reliable.

Integration with reporting tools.

Making these reports accessible to the wider organisation is the last step in implementing real-time reporting. Information in the procurement system will be familiar to those using it, but integrating the procurement system with powerful business intelligence (BI) tools will make it easy for procurement, project teams and C-suite to make use of shared, real-time information.

How does Felix help implement real-time reporting?

Felix’s enterprise-level procurement management software provides a common system to manage vendors and procurement activities, as well as native integrations and an open API to connect procurement data to ERPs and BI tools.

Vendor Management

The Vendor Management module helps with the following:

  • Creating consistent procurement processes and workflows.
  • Centralising and consolidating data to facilitate real-time reporting.
  • Real-time vendor compliance updates.

Vendor Management 2022 Streamlined

Procurement Schedule

  • The Procurement Schedule module provides procurement visibility across projects to help with project procurement, budgeting, planning and reporting.
  • Get real-time status updates on the procurement status of a project without relying on project teams to update first.
  • Track budget and planned dates in real-time against actuals, allowing you to observe packages at risk to take corrective action early. 

procurement scheduling

Further data analysis for strategic procurement

All the data captured in Felix can be easily integrated with business intelligence tools so that stakeholders - from operations to finance and executives - benefit from shared real-time reporting.

  • Have an oversight of procurement at an organisational level to make strategic and cost saving decisions.
  • Make informed decisions on resourcing requirements based on upcoming procurement activities. 

Procurement schedule planning


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Mitch Bryant
Mitch is an Enterprise Account Executive at Felix working closely with construction, utility, mining and asset management companies. Mitch has a passion for empowering clients with improved efficiency, resilient processes, and smart systems.

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