Anna can help procurement teams identify cost savings, optimise pricing and support supplier negotiation and vendor management. You can read more here on our website.

This article will cover:

  • Example insights from this use case

  • Recommended data structure for this use case

What sort of insights can Anna help me uncover?

We've outlined some example questions which Anna can help answer through a combination of her proactive insights, Search, and What caused this? analysis:

Identify cost savings

  • Spend by site location

  • Unit price trend for Product last financial year

  • Spend with non-preferred vendors last quarter

  • Spend by contract manager

Optimise pricing

  • Unit price trend by Product Category

  • Unit price trend by Product by Vendor

  • Unit price variance for a particular product

  • Spend by vendor

Support supplier negotiation & vendor management

  • Expired contracts by contract manager

  • Spend by contract status this financial year

  • Spend with preferred vendors last financial year

How do I structure my data?

  • Anna requires structured, transactional data, with at least 1 measure (e.g. Spend) and 5 segments (e.g. product names). In addition, we recommend at least 7 months of data (at monthly or daily granularity) so you can take full advantage of Anna's Unexpected Changes feature.

  • Anna can connect to databases and .csv files. 

Example data structure

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Please refer to this article for more information about data structure.


Here are some of the typical segments we find in revenue data. A segment is a qualitative value, like names or categories:

  • Vendor attributes: Vendor name, vendor status, vendor category, etc.

  • Product attributes: Product description, product sub-description, material description, etc. 

  • Company attributes: Site/office location, project name, project description, entity, etc.

  • Other attributes: contract manager, contract status, ordering department, orderer name etc.


A measure is a quantitative, numeric value. Some of the typical measures include spend, quantity purchased, unit price, etc.

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