What does automated IT procurement look like?
There’s a huge opportunity for many organizations to implement automation into their IT procurement, Rob says. With the right procurement tools and systems in place, you’ll be able to easily scale your technology purchasing, so you can get what you need when you need it, he adds.
When end users have access to a pre-defined catalog that includes robust product details and information — removing old systems that provided too many product listings and housed outdated information — your teams will be able to choose devices that fit their exact needs.
After the purchase, your procurement processes will also benefit from reconciling and reporting capabilities that can integrate with your existing tools to help simplify post-purchase management.
Additionally, modern procurement systems can support the ability to ship devices to a home or office. This helps with adding new teammates at scale or replacing devices when they stop working during critical times.
You’ll also be able to minimize or even eliminate maverick spending — unapproved IT costs — with self-service. Your employees can use a pre-approved catalog that also supports approvals instead of going out on their own to purchase new devices.
And, alongside cost controls around what types of devices staff can purchase, you’ll be able to maintain a strong security system by requiring devices that support pre-defined, modern security capabilities.
The end result: Your business will be better equipped thanks to simple, automated systems that provide streamlined access. As you navigate upcoming challenges, you’ll no longer have to debate your technology investments or spend critical time making decisions or waiting for the device to arrive.
Instead, your teams and business will be able to move forward quickly and take advantage of situations that enable you to better position yourself for the future — without wasted time or wasted investments in the wrong technology.