Guest Post by Greg Tennyson

Unlocking Procurement and Actionable Insights: The Power of Meshing Data

It is estimated humans collectively produce 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day.  That is a 2.5 followed by 18 zeros.  Every day, 2.5 followed by 18 zeros, and exponentially growing. We send over 16 million text messages every minute, and it is estimated that 2.9 billion emails worldwide are sent.

While these approximations quantify the magnitude of the data volume, they also begin to underscore the potential for mining that data and how data has become a cornerstone and a challenge for all organizations and functions.

In particular, data is rapidly evolving the procurement landscape. The influx of data, the parsing of data, and its increasing complexity have left procurement professionals grappling with a pressing need to harness its potential. This blog discusses the intricacies of procurement's data challenges, offering a call to action to understand and actively solve them.

As businesses continue to digitize their operations and data volumes, Procurement’s ability to get actionable insights from procurement data has never been more critical. It's not merely a matter of staying competitive; it's about thriving in a data-driven, rich future.

A just-in-time analysis is a competitive differentiator, enabling the organization to be more nimble to supply chain disruption, quickly react to inflationary pressures, and more accurately predict trends based on connected actionable data. If that is an option, why not now?

The Evolution of Procurement's Data Set

Traditional Data Procurement Practices

Historically, procurement focused on data quantity, often overlooking its quality. This approach led to inefficiencies and missed opportunities. In addition, this approach had its inherent flaws, as functions, individuals touched data they would parse and discard data not usable for them, thus creating major downstream problems when attempting to get a holistic view and derive insights. In addition, the issue of storing untold bytes of data and keeping it harmonized and structured so it was usable was cost-prohibitive and challenging.

Emerging Trends in Data Procurement

Today, the narrative is shifting towards prioritizing data quality over sheer volume. Additionally, integrating AI and Machine Learning is revolutionizing how procurement teams process and utilize data, allowing for more informed decision-making. Real-time data acquisition further enhances responsiveness and agility.

The Concept of Data Meshing

Definition of Data Meshing

Data meshing involves strategically integrating disparate data sources, ensuring a unified and coherent dataset.

Advantages of Meshing Procurement Data

  • Enhanced Data Quality and Accuracy: Combining data from various sources minimizes redundancy, leading to richer actionable insights to better inform decisions.
  • Streamlined Data Integration: Meshing procurement data simplifies the integration process, allowing for real-time seamless flow of information across systems.
  • Improved Data Accessibility: A unified dataset is more accessible and understandable, empowering procurement professionals to derive actionable insights in real-time and enhancing their journey to become trusted advisors to the business.

Implementing Data Meshing in Procurement

Assessing Data Sources and Channels

Identifying procurement data sources is the first step. This includes both internal systems and external partners.

Establishing Data Procurement Protocols

Clear protocols ensure consistency in data collection, storage, and usage. This sets the foundation for effective data meshing.

The 'Why'

Leveraging structured data derived from integrated platforms and adopting API-driven approaches facilitates the meshing process, thus enabling procurement teams to combine and analyze data more efficiently.

Overcoming Challenges in Meshing Procurement Data

  1. Data Security and Privacy Concerns:  Maintaining the security and privacy of data is paramount. Implementing robust encryption and access controls is essential.
  2. Data Compatibility and Standardization:  Harmonizing data formats and structures from different sources can be challenging. Establishing data standards ensures seamless integration.
  3. Maintaining Data Integrity during Integration:  Vigilance is required to prevent data loss or corruption during the integration process. Regular checks and validations are vital.

Real-world Case Study

Introducing MECBot (Manage | Enhance | Connect) by FORMCEPT

MECBot is a cutting-edge augmented analytics product that provides unprecedented business intelligence.  Key factors:

  • Simplicity: Setup allows you to get results on day one
  • Speed: Decision speed matched to data-generated outcomes
  • Scale: Dynamic clustering performs elastic scaling, meeting your needs
  • Security: Security and role-specific access to Banking industry standards

MECBot stands as a testament to the power of data meshing. This innovative solution seamlessly integrates procurement data, resulting in a significant boost in efficiency and insights.

Key Takeaways and Learnings

The MECBot capabilities emphasize the tangible benefits of adopting data meshing in procurement practices by delivering on the future, today:

  • Predictive Analytics and Data Procurement: The integration of predictive analytics promises to revolutionize procurement, allowing for more proactive decision-making.
  • Continuous Innovation in Data Meshing Techniques: As technology advances, so do the techniques for meshing data. Staying abreast of these innovations will be crucial for procurement professionals.


The power of meshing data procurement cannot be overstated in a data-centric era. Procurement professionals unlock a treasure trove of actionable insights by unifying diverse data sources. The time to embrace this transformative approach is now, as it holds the key to understanding procurement's data challenges and surmounting them for a brighter, more efficient future.