Vishal Patel is the VP of Product Marketing at Ivalua, a leading provider of global Spend Management Cloud solutions. He has spent the last 15 years in various roles within the procurement and supply chain technology market. As an industry analyst, he researched and advised organizations in various industries on best and innovative practices, digitization and optimization. He brings a thorough understanding of market trends and digital technologies that can help enterprises be more effective with their Procurement and Supply Chain strategies. He works to ensure that organizations are empowered with technology platforms that enable flexibility, innovation, and agility.

Supply Chain Visibility is Critical to Post-Pandemic Growth

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, it disrupted global supply chains which forced organizations around the world to scramble to react. While there are many lessons learned from the pandemic, especially as we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, it was clear early on that some organizations were better equipped…

Supply Chain Outlook 2020: Defining Competitiveness

Supply chains, more than ever, play an important role in defining competitiveness. However, emerging strategies for better managing spend and supplier relationships are helping to strengthen supply chain resilience and drive business growth. There’s no going back. We don’t visualize any situation where supply chain organizations can begin taking their foot off the pedal. Economic…

Direct vs. Indirect Supplier Management: A Closer Look

Back in the day, when factories served as the templates for developing business processes, the distinction between direct and indirect procurement spending was pretty straightforward: direct spend was focused on the things that went into your product – raw materials, components, subcontracted manufacturing services, and so on. Indirect spend, which some have leeringly referred to…

Brace for a Wave of Change in 2019: Procurement & Supply Chain Challenges

As heated debates on everything from minimum wage to tariffs to state-sponsored cyber attacks continue in public and political spheres, midterm elections in the U.S. fast approach. Combined with rapidly emerging technology paradigms, labor issues, and the rising frequency and intensity of natural disasters, these factors create myriad challenges for procurement teams, manufacturers, and suppliers.…