The 8 Modules, 31 Focus Points and 5 Collaboration Phases of the SEIC Methodology provide a path to success

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Our Diagnostic Tool provides a gap analysis of SEI capability to support the strategic planning process

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In-depth explorations of the approaches and techniques used by leading organizations in the field of SEI today

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Thought leadership and insightful articles on the most important issues for companies pursuing an SEI agenda

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Insight calls are available to join for all members of the SEIC and will be addressing a number of topics

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Useful downloads, from unique research to practical templates, frameworks and tools being used by SEI leaders

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The 11 modules of the SEI methodology focus on the key processes that enable the successful rollout of SEI

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Our Capabilities Assessment tools provide the means for organizations to gain insight into their own SEI approach

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In-depth explorations of the approaches and techniques used by leading organizations in the field of SEI today

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Thought leadership and insightful articles on the most important issues for companies pursuing an SEI agenda

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Useful downloads, from unique research to practical templates, frameworks and tools being used by SEI leaders

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Driving patient value with procurement and supplier innovation

Our Accelerator event with UCB demonstrated how supplier innovation can be used to impact digital technologies, advanced manufacturing and, critically, sustainability 

UCB accelerator

 

Our latest SEIC Accelerator, kindly hosted by life-science member UCB at its manufacturing facility in Braine l’Alleud on the outskirts of Brussels, provided an eye-opener into many different areas of innovation, sustainability, digital technologies and advanced manufacturing. It was a procurement event and more; much more.

 

About four years ago, UCB embarked on a journey to connect procurement with patient value, with Supplier-Enabled Innovation (SEI) being a key enabler of this, and during an opening presentation, Anne Bernier highlighted five major trends that would impact the industry and which procurement could have a significant role in driving towards.

 

They were, that big data and quantum computing will transform the pharma world, that the Internet of Things (IoT) will revolutionise the relationship between humans and devices, that Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence will change how we live and work, that 3D printing will become capable of printing organs and that medicine will get a hi-tech upgrade. Many of these things are already coming to pass, of course, and procurement must play a key role in ensuring the outside world is brought in.

 

SEI is a key weapon in the armoury, as it helps to connect organisations with capability in the supply ecosystem in a systemic fashion, and Anne highlighted this in a slide titled, "unleashing Supplier Enabled Innovation".

 

How? By focusing on eight key enablers:

  • Resetting the value proposition of procurement
  • Defining clearly what we mean by both SEI and innovation itself (UCB defines four different levels of innovation, from continuous improvement to disruptive)
  • By restructuring the function to help deliver against these new definitions and value propositions
  • By refining processes in order to embed SEI across the business
  • Focusing on stakeholder engagement and managing change
  • Doing the same with the supply base, and key suppliers
  • Focusing on the capabilities of the team
  • And, finally, driving new approaches to measuring progress and success

All are important, and we could spend a lot of time discussing and debating each, and all of them feature in the SEIC methodology and approach to systemising SEI, but to dwell on the final of these for just a moment, it was gratifying to see how well UCB has addressed this difficult area, putting in a tool to really measure and keep track of value beyond savings.

 

Of all the projects recorded in the tool (and there were many), UCB had broken them down into those projects that represented value beyond savings, which ones were innovation projects, which ones were sustainability focused. They are all tracked, traced and recorded to facilitate enriched discussion and improved investment decisions.

 

As Anne said on the day, SEI is a long-term game, but the more data you have to illustrate the positive outcomes and projects that have been facilitated, the easier the journey can become.

 

David Rae

 

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