Product Planning

Zumen is the only Procurement (Source-to-Pay) platform that understands how the Product Manufacturing companies manage their various New Product Development & Strategic (Re)Sourcing Programs.

  • Create Programs (Projects)
  • Add Program (Project) Plan
  • Setup Milestones/ Phase-Gates
  • Create & Manage Build Plans
  • Review Build Readiness
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Product Data Management

Zumen is equipped with part-level granularity to manage your Bill of Materials. Track individual line items and ensure accurate flow of product information among all the stakeholders with Zumen’s unified platform.

  • Import, View and Manage Bill of Materials
  • View and Manage Parts Lists
  • Create Item Codes
  • View & Manage Engineering Changes
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Product Development & Sourcing

Zumen offers a scalable, industry-standard format to estimate part costs and ensures that the costing is integrated with Part Life Cycle.

Manage all the sourcing communications and monitor sourcing contracts in real time.

  • Create and Manage multiple RFPs
  • Create and Manage Cost Estimates
  • Send Request for Quotations
  • Perform Quotation Negotiations
  • Perform Sourcing Approvals
  • Create and Manage Purchase Orders (Standard, Blanket, Spot)
  • Monitor and Review Ordered Parts Status
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Supplier Relationship Management

A comprehensive dashboard for searching and onboarding new suppliers, managing negotiations, monitoring supplier performance, and managing supplier relationships with ease.

Zumen offers the opportunity to discover and engage with new suppliers with a single click, and the onboarding process is handled completely online.

  • Add, View and Manage Suppliers
  • Evaluate Suppliers
  • Monitor and Review Supplier Dashboards
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Procurement Dashboard and Action Overview

Stay connected with your entire Source-to-Pay process with Zumen’s comprehensive dashboard. This all-inclusive module integrates data from multiple sources and exposes users to any pending actions that require immediate attention.

  • Get Tasks/Approvals Updates and Notifications
  • Perform Required Actions
  • Visibility into Realtime Sourcing Progress
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Budgeting & Spend Management

Zumen consolidates every budget item and tracks the status against each item with all the relevant documents in a single system. This allows a strategic advantage on spending with a clear and straightforward spend approval process.

  • Create and Manage Budget Cycle and Budget Items
  • Execute Budget Approvals
  • Monitor and Review Budget Spends
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PLM and ERP Integration

Real-time and end-to-end data visibility, process streamlining, and reduced costs. Achieve this and more with Zumen’s integration framework! Zumen’s pre-built connectors make it very simple to connect with PLMs such as Teamcenter and Windchill and ERPs such as SAP, Oracle, JDE and others.

  • Integrate with PLM
  • Integrate with ERP
  • Works with Excel
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    Direct Material Procurement Life Cycle Guide - Part 1

    Procurement is not a new term. Infact, the role of “Procurement” was mentioned in the early 1800s in Charles Babbage’s book, On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures. In that book, he points out the need for a ‘material man’ to select, purchase, and track goods and services. Since then, procurement has evolved by leaps and bounds to where we are today – the era of digital transformation. 

    Procurement in manufacturing is split into two groups. Indirect material procurement is related to purchasing goods and services such as office supplies, utilities, human resources, travel, etc. Direct material procurement is a highly complex and extensive process. It is the purchasing of goods that go directly into manufacturing a product. And direct material procurement accounts for 65-80% of the total Cost of Goods Sold (COGS). Considering the complexity, it is important to understand every nook and corner of the direct material procurement process. And the Ultimate Guide to Direct Material Procurement Part 1 and Part 2 serve that purpose.


    Part 1: An introduction to the direct material procurement lifecycle and the criticality of procurement’s role in launching a successful product.

    Part 2: Procurement’s role in the production phase of the product lifecycle, referred to as Procure-to-Pay, and how it differs from Source-to-Pay.


    The objective of these guides is to explain the Direct Material Procurement Lifecycle in the context of product manufacturing companies. The details, exceptions, and complexities involved. 

    Additionally, we think the guides will be a useful resource for startups and expanding companies in the product manufacturing sector, assisting them in comprehending the international direct material procurement and sourcing processes, putting the proper procedures in place, and choosing the appropriate technology to manage their direct material procurement.

    Download today your copy of the Ultimate Guide to Direct Material Procurement Lifecycle Part 1. Stay tuned for Part 2.