New Report: AI-driven Sourcing & Spend Management Reduces Costs by 20% & Increases Productivity by 70%

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As CFOs and other finance leaders seek new operating efficiencies and savings to create opportunities for investment and growth, AI-driven autonomous sourcing is slashing costs by 20%, boosting productivity, and increasing speed-to-market for leading enterprises, according to new research from HFS Research and Globality.

The report, titled “Freedom within Fences: Autonomous Sourcing Goes Mainstream,” explores how leading Global 2000 companies such as Fidelity Investments, T. Rowe Price, and UCB Pharma are leveraging the game-changing technology, enabling CFOs and Chief Procurement Officers to increase visibility and control of every dollar they spend.

“We now require only eight resources instead of 50,” said Matt Prichard, CPO, Fidelity Investments. “We have achieved over 20% savings compared to standard rates. It took about three months to break even, and after that, it was all pure savings resulting in the company’s bottom line.”

Key findings in the report include:

Cost Savings – Automated spend management is delivering immediate savings of 20% and enabling enterprises to competitively manage more spend, even with lower procurement headcount.

Efficiency and Speed – Traditional RFx processes often take up to six months but autonomous sourcing enables companies to go to market in as little as 23 minutes and complete 64% of projects in less than a day.

Strategic Impact – AI-driven spend management automates many aspects of the corporate buying model, allowing procurement teams to shift focus from transactional tasks to strategic initiatives that help drive business growth.

“CFOs are seeking to deploy AI to reduce costs and capture operating efficiencies.  The procurement function is the low-hanging fruit for achieving that objective because deploying AI-powered sourcing and procurement is the quickest and easiest way for Global 2000 enterprises to generate substantial value,” said Globality Chairman, Co-Founder, and CEO Joel Hyatt. “Our customers are saving hundreds of millions of dollars through the use of AI-driven sourcing technology and making faster, smarter spending decisions.”

AI-powered autonomous sourcing platforms can transform organizations into what HFS Research calls the “Generative Enterprise”, which in spend management means going beyond cost savings to creating new value through innovation and agile responses to market changes.

HFS Chief Research Officer Tony Filippone said: “As organizations navigate a complex and competitive landscape, integrating a top-tier AI autonomous sourcing platform like Globality offers substantial advantages, positioning the spend management function as a critical enabler of innovation, cost savings, and competitive differentiation.”