But the real value, says Kristen Lampert, corporate-services manager at specialty-investment bank Ziegler, is de-risking organizational spending by making sure the approval chain has the right people weighing in on the right things.
When Lampert took over the corporate-services department at Ziegler in 2010 - a team responsible for managing logistics, purchasing, and events - she couldn't afford to waste time and effort on inefficient processes: the unit had been downsized to three full-time employees. In addition, Ziegler's approval and bill-paying processes were all paper-based. "We're over 100 years old," says Lampert, "and we had 100-year-old processes." There was no visibility across the firm, she says. Expenditures were authorized by the wrong people, and the company didn't have a risk-management component in place.
As an example, she said, an invoice for a software service was approved by multiple, siloed business units. That led to the bank paying for some services that were supposed to have been canceled.
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