Interaction between SRM, Sourcing, and Risk Management
Vienna | Munich – POOL4TOOL, a solution specialist for electronic process optimization in tactical and strategic sourcing in purchasing, is now working together with riskmethods, a technological market leader for the risk assessment of global supply chains. All risk-relevant information about suppliers, locations, and supply chains from the riskmethods “Supply Risk Network” will now be channeled into POOL4TOOL’s “All-in-One Supplier Collaboration” platform. The risk profiles, which include financial and quality key figures, as well as compliance and sustainability factors and political and location-related risks, are crucial when it comes to making awards, and they reinforce supplier relationships. Data from POOL4TOOL can also be integrated into risk strategy and prevention.
The partnership between POOL4TOOL and riskmethods will further support the purchasing processes, purchasing decisons, and risk prevention strategies of our clients. “In these times of global sourcing and ever increasing added value, global transparency in the supply chain is crucial,” explains Heiko Schwarz, the CEO of riskmethods. “Detailed risk profiles are significant criteria for decision making in global sourcing processes and supplier relationship management activities.”
An interactive world map is displayed in POOL4TOOL, including suppliers, supply chains and locations with corresponding risk assessments. “Without leaving the supplier portal, our clients can access risk-related information about suppliers, pre-suppliers, and risk scorecards in one place. They can also use the content for processes surrounding the supplier scorecard, the supplier evaluation, the supplier selection process, and for improving the supplier and category strategies,” explains Thomas Dieringer. By entering into this partnership, POOL4TOOL continues to follow their content-store strategy, which allows processes within POOL4TOOL to be enriched automatically with important content in order to initiate measures based on workflows.
Mutual Data Exchange for Risk Prevention
Risk information from the "Supply Risk Network“ flow directly into the POOL4TOOL Supplier Relationship Management and Sourcing modules. The data are used as criteria for supplier qualification or evaluation, analysis related to classification, award decisions, or to establish a supplier strategy. In addition, clients also benefit from the nearly real-time monitoring of the “Supply Risk Network,” which allows possible dangers to be identified early.
Data from the supplier and contract management processes can also be integrated into risk management in order to enrich quality risk assessments, for example, with supplier evaluations. Factors such as a supplier’s contract duration, shareholding relationships, purchasing volumes, or dependencies are all significant criteria that assist companies assess potential damage in the case of a risk event, and allow companies to react quickly and appropriately.