The Supplier and Scenario Summary tabs in DNA provides a great summary of data which shows how your suppliers performed in an RFP. There is still a need to dig deeper into the numbers and group meaningful data together to help better understand our analysis. The Supplier Dimension feature in DNA gives the ability to slice our supplier worksheet data and group it to give us a different picture to analyze this data further.
Why and When to use Suppliers Dimensions
As DNA continues to improve its functionalities, we understand users using DNA come from advanced Excel backgrounds. Excel allows users to manipulate a dataset and splice it into meaningful ways to analyze things deeper. Using Supplier Dimensions mimics the functionality of grouping and organizing your data like in Excel. You will be able to drill-down a supplier’s bid further in grouping what matters most to you.
Using Supplier Dimensions is best used when your worksheets have common data groupings. Typical common data groups include various categories/subcategories, business locations, etc.
How to use Suppliers Dimension in DNA
1. In DNA, head to the “Supplier Summary” tab and to the left of the “Reset Filter” button, you will find where you can set the parameters.
2. Clicking the “+” icon which will open up the right Parameters. You will select the possible parameters you wish to group your data in Supplier Summary and click update.
3. Back to the Parameter field in DNA, you can select one of the parameters you had chosen from the previous step to group your data to look into the granular details of your Suppliers’ Coverages.
In the above example, we had selected “Sections” as a Parameter, which had grouped our Supplier Coverage data into two locations.
Now that we know how the Supplier Dimensions function works in Scout’s DNA, this allows Sourcing Teams to quickly use a familiar Excel function to organize our data to tell us what is important to us.
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