Purchasing and supply management have never been easy. The past several years have caused many executives and professionals to lose more sleep and gain more gray hair (or lose more hair) than usual; therefore, the next decade requires upgraded skill sets to survive.
Portfolio analysis is one of the most powerful techniques
used by the purchaser, despite its simplicity. It is a simple “grid” tool that charts the amount we spend on products or services and the complexity of its acquisition.
Portfolio analysis helps us define our sourcing strategy and the best sourcing techniques to use dependent upon the position on the sourcing grid. It also defines the relationships (supplier positioning) we need to have with our key suppliers and gives us an insight in how the key suppliers may see us in perception model. It allows you to organize your time and
resources for maximum benefit and it encourages strategic thinking and analysis to reduce cost, add value, and minimize risk.