We are ZenPurchase.
We exist because procurement / purchasing / vendor management software used at large enterprises is not just bad, it's downright terrible.
Congratulations (and thank you) to the incumbents in our space for moving everyone over from paper and pen to computers. But it's 2014 and their products have aged as well as bowl cuts and ruffled tuxedos have.
We think we can do 10x better than the status quo. How?
1. Build beautiful, intuitive software that you can use anywhere
Have you ever heard the phrase "The best camera is the one that's with you"? We feel the same way about software. ZenPurchase is entirely cloud-based and mobile-optimized. It will spring to life anywhere in the world on whatever device you happen to be carrying at the moment.
"Beautiful" and "Intuitive" aren't words typically associated with procurement software. That's too bad. Procurement is a mission-critical enterprise function, and deserves modern software that actually works. We are building that.
2. Enable agile collaboration and increase transparency
Procurement works closely with every other department and with the entire supplier ecosystem, often with tight deadlines looming. It's a fast-paced team sport where the rules and players are changing from one deal to the next.
We built ZenPurchase so that Procurement can bring everyone together and track any number of projects and events, all in the same place. Today, there is a stunning lack of transparency around basic questions like "has the IT department answered my question yet?" or "what are the next steps in this deal?" or "how do I evaluate supplier performance?" We are fixing this.
3. Build software that delivers real, usable insights, not Excel garbage
The phrase "Big Data" is now so overused that we wish we could ban it. The reality is - if you've ever tried to collect and analyze ERP or procurement data, you'll be intimately aware of the massive gap between promise and reality when it comes to Big Data.
We plan to close this gap by taking a different approach. We focus first on people. There is a tremendous amount of human intelligence and expertise within your enterprise that's not leveraged. It's usually lost at the bottom of e-mail inboxes or in Excel spreadsheets and PDFs that never get re-used. What if we could help you leverage the procurement insights that already exist within your company? We believe that "Big Data" starts with "Big People".
4. Live to make our customers 10x more successful
We think about our customers 24/7/365. We solicit their feedback regularly and listen intently, trying to identify the next great feature that is going to make their lives easier. Our resources go toward making our customers more successful. We don't sponsor America's Cup sailing teams. Phil Mickelson doesn't wear our logo on his sleeve.
There's plenty more to come on this blog. For now, we are ZenPurchase. We make 10x better software for procurement.