Twenty years ago, the spend management responsibility of an organization was dispersed to administrative assistants, purchasing agents, and commodity managers. More recently, the trend has been to move the responsibility of spend ownership to other areas of the organization, allowing other department managers to get more involved in supplier visibility and spend in their systems.

For example, if a finance executive is overseeing a department in Germany, he or she will be able to see the information that is collected and the purchases that are made from another part of the organization located in France or China. All of the information can be viewed and collected in real time, and the finance manager in Germany can make quicker decisions.