A buying guide for ECGs category – enriched with research on ECGs procurement spend patterns, ECGs pricing intelligence, market dynamics and top suppliers of ECGs.
Ecosystem of the global ECGs category is intertwined with the larger parent market of Clinical and Medical Support Services. Our category definition describes that overall Clinical and Medical Support Services market includes all spend on services used in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, including medical practice provided through a third-party, repair and maintenance of equipment and medical science services.
Several macro changes in the dynamics of overall Clinical and Medical Support Services as well as ECGs procurement trends are poised to change the business practices and procurement thumb rules. Recent cases of malpractices committed within the overall industry have increased the strictness of regulators within the overall industry. Suppliers now operate with a higher burden in the form of increased costs for compliance and data security as well as increased time to receive approvals for new solutions. Many suppliers are expanding within the value chain to offer integrated solutions. With this new approach, suppliers can offer a wide portfolio of solutions and position themselves for large contracts that go beyond just ECGs. Buyers also find the benefits of volume buying, consolidation of supplier base, efficient co-ordination in case of an event and less spending on category management. Over the years, regional boundaries have blurred as suppliers foray into different continents, increase their capital expenditure and spend on cross-border M&A initiatives. The deployment of geographic diversification strategies through such consolidation initiatives has enabled the large suppliers to improve their performance and expand their business footprint. Category managers need to take note of the potential of these developments and reassess the changes required in their procurement practices.
It has become imperative for category managers to remain as agile as possible in terms of their procurement practices. However, it is not always easy to quickly spot and implement alternative practices in a category like ECGs. To help quick decision making, this report advises on several procurement best practices that have worked well for category managers. For example, Category managers must ensure that they have clearly identified and listed down potential negotiation levers to maximize the value of their category spend before entering into contract-related discussions with service providers. Common negotiation levers to maximize value include deadlines, terms related to payments, (including fees, expenses, and payment timelines) and assistance required from the buyer's organization.It is important for category managers to track and measure the performance of suppliers against a set of defined KPIs that are agreed upon during the contract negotiation phase. The performance of suppliers can also be linked to a portion of their fee that can be paid upon rendering of services in a satisfactory manner.Large organizations seek engagement with global category suppliers. However, they must try to achieve the right blend of regional and global suppliers in order to ensure the delivery at locations where global players do not have necessary capabilities.
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ECGs procurement managers also need to proactively identify and mitigate potential risks that can arise in the supply chain or contracts for ECGs procurement. Some examples include:
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Procurement decisions can prove to be costly in the absence of careful deliberation and evaluation of every available option. In fact, more than 90% of the decision makers we work with acknowledge that timely availability of up-to-date category intelligence can help them make better purchasing decisions. More than 80% of them believe that in-house category intelligence needs to be updated periodically to achieve full benefits. If you have read so far, we are quite sure you agree!!
You may have just initiated your research to design a winning ECGs procurement strategy, or you may be a category expert looking for strategic insights and updated data.Either ways, the report has your requirements covered.
The report is intended to serve as a one-stop reference guide for ECGs procurement strategy and offers a perfect blend of category basics with deep-dive category data and insights. Therefore, it is ideal for category beginners looking for “ECGs: Procurement Report 101” as well as for category experts actively tracking the global ECGs procurement market.
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The ECGs procurement report helps take more informed decisions by placing all the critical information and advice at the fingertips of a decision maker. It also specifically answers some of the key questions that we have been routinely asked during our industry outreach initiatives:
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The ECGs market report offers a complete picture of the supply market and analyzes the category from the perspective of both buyers and suppliers. Analysis of the category trends, procurement best practices, negotiation levers and overall category management strategy advisory are interspersed with in-depth data and commentary on spend outlook, pricing ecosystem and supplier landscape drilled down to a region-level coverage.
A key highlight of this report is the in-depth outlook created on ECGs procurement spend and pricing trends. The report further delves deep into the aspects of cost structure, total cost of ownership and supplier margins for ECGs. A dedicated section to supplier profiles and evaluation helps decision makers cast a wider procurement net and identify gaps in existing relationships.
Along with specific category and supplier intelligence, the publication also includes curated insights on ECGs market trends, price influencers and inherent risks. These insights help the decision makers prepare for market shaping trends in advance and create alternative strategies for changes in the market conditions.
Additionally, the report also advises on the best practices and strategies to manage the ECGs category efficiently. Negotiation levers and opportunities are explained in detail along with quantification of their potential. Benchmark KPIs for supplier and buyer performance management are also aggregated to better organize the category objectives. Other themes of advisory include ideal procurement organization structure, enablers to achieve KPIs or category objectives and ideal SLAs to have with suppliers.
Our research is complex, but our reports are easy to digest. Quantitative analysis and exhaustive commentary is placed in an easy to read format that gives you an in-depth knowledge on the category without spending hours to figure out “what does it mean for my company?”
SpendEdge presents a detailed picture of ECGs procurement solutions by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key category influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.
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