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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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Pandemic Diaries | Episode 05

September 08, 2021
Zumen | Employee Stories Episode 5

I’ve always been a fan of Apple’s design principles. Looking back, I think I applied some of them to my personal life as well. I was always curious about how machines worked – how they were conceived, designed and how they solved the problems of man. This curiosity took shape as passion from the day I chose my undergraduate degree in the engineering stream. Every other decision of my life from then on was a by-product of this very same curiosity. It was during the stint in my first job that I met Harshvardhan. We bonded over discussing ideas and brainstorming various solutions. These daily discussions went on for about two years until we parted ways and took different paths – I went abroad for my Masters, and Harsh joined another organization. I earned my Master’s degree and joined a reputed organization.

Over the next decade, I had the chance to be part of multiple teams, projects, and product launches. I worked in various streams and domains, from marine and design to developing automotive cars for the African market. I traveled a few places doing what I loved before finally settling in my previous organization as the head of Program Management. I grew at a phenomenal rate within the organization and had everything you could ask for – a great job, an envious salary package, a fantastic team, and respect. But I wanted more from the industry that I was so passionate about. I wanted to do something more, learn something new and build something revolutionary. I let these thoughts wander as I went on with my work.

It was during that time – around November 2020, when Harsh approached me about an opening in the startup he worked at. I did not understand most of the conversation about the product or the technology they worked with. My only takeaway from that call was he worked at Zumen, a SaaS company, and the fascination behind the idea of a startup. Later, the HR from Zumen, Harishankar, got in touch with me. He briefed me more about the company and the role, which was something of a Product Manager or a Business Analyst. I was more of an automotive guy, and this was a software firm, something I only knew very little about. He then asked If I could meet the CEO, Viswa, through video call due to the pandemic. I insisted on coming down to Chennai and doing it face to face. It didn’t matter if I get the opportunity, but I need to make sure I know what I was getting into and weigh it with what I was going to leave behind. During my discussion with Viswa, I learned more about the company’s vision and the ultimate goal of becoming a unicorn. He was amazing. Honestly, back then, I did not know what a unicorn company was and had to google it after the meeting. In my follow-up call with Harsh, he further added, “Praba, we are building something exciting here, and I’m sure you will love it.” Harsh has been my friend for almost more than a decade now. I trust him and his opinion about the role being perfect for me.

I had to evaluate my options as this could be the most important decision in my life. On one side was a perfect white-collar job that represented the pinnacle of my achievements. On the other side was a chance to learn, explore and innovate. My next round of discussion was with the CTO, Mohan. I was impressed by the composure and the calmness with which he carried out the entire meeting right off the bat. I was intrigued to work with him. After both of my discussions, I was completely on board. Now came the most difficult part of the entire process – bidding farewell to my current job. I expressed my aspiration to my management and my team, and they were kind enough to understand. The vision that Viswa and Mohan had for the product was truly inspiring, and I wanted to be a part of it. Hari played an integral part in all of this. For an HR professional, his knowledge about the product was commendable. He also made the interview and onboarding process a seamless experience.

It has been more than two months since my first day, and I have had my hands and mind full. This is what I wanted – to learn, to be curious again. It was Steve Jobs (once again) who said – “Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful..that’s what matters to me.”Right now, I have immersed myself in the product, and I’m focused on giving it my all to make it a success.

I’m Prabakar Mahesan, Product Lead at Zumen Inc., and this is my story.

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