Greg Tennyson, Chief Procurement Officer at VSP Global, shares how the largest not-for-profit vision benefits provider in the United States put its strategic sourcing into focus with Scout.
I joined VSP in December of 2013 and did a quick landscape of the technology that we were using. In the sourcing space, we were using SAP, and quite honestly the tool was clunky, it was complex, and it really wasn’t widely adopted. It didn’t fit where I wanted to drive VSP, which was towards more to a self-service model. So we went on this journey of looking for a tool that was better aligned with where I wanted to take the sourcing capability competency within VSP.”
We looked at a number of tools in the space and selected Scout for all the right reasons. Scout is very intuitive and simplistic — simplistic, not in the sense that it’s easily designed technology, but that you have all the features and functions you need within Scout. It’s simplistic to use and simplistic for the business to understand how to drive a sourcing event.
We quickly moved away from SAP sourcing — which, ironically was in the cloud in a private cloud-hosted environment — to Scout, which is the true cloud, a cloud-based application.
I’ve seen an uptick not only in the usage of Scout, but also in the number of events that are driven through the tool — and the savings that are resulting. So it’s really become a win-win for VSP.
At VSP, our mission is to take the sourcing function, the team, out of the do-er activity role more and into a consultancy advisory role… It’s changing that dynamic, the engagement model within the business, and enabling them to run their own sourcing events while procurement oversees the events.
We’re changing how procurement and sourcing engages with the business, and we couldn’t honestly do that without Scout. Scout has enabled us to turn that vision into a reality.