Traditionally, direct procurement teams had one goal: acquire materials to manufacture finished goods at the optimal cost. However, manufacturing has grown more complex, often with hundreds of suppliers and sites involved. Lead times are now tighter and competitive pressure is greater. These dynamics pave the way for a new way of thinking about direct procurement and its potential. With E2open’s extensive cloud-based business network, you can manage the complexities with one operating platform connected to a global multi-tier trading partner network providing the right data, applications and artificial intelligence (AI) to help your direct procurement team become strategic. By using direct procurement strategically, you gain the agility and resiliency to capture growth opportunities and manage today’s risks.