Monthly Archives: October 2012

GRC and Supplier Management: Clearing up the Confusion

Thomas Kase - October 31, 2012 7:59 PM | Categories: Risk Performance and Compliance

The ability to address “risk” in all its multi-faceted glory is found in so many tools. Within procurement, we can address it in spend analytics, sourcing, vendor selection, ongoing supplier development management, contracts – including content and management process, policies, performance management, audits, CRM, regulations, product content, multi-tier and other third party content, and much more. We don’t see GRC solutions (and the types of people typically managing them) as capable of addressing this spectrum for procurement, at least not at this level.

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Should You be Worried About Changes to Microsoft’s External Connector Licensing? Maybe.

Guest-Post - October 31, 2012 12:10 PM | Categories: Industry News, Spend Management

Spend Matters welcomes another guest post from NPI, a spend management consultancy, focused on delivering savings in the areas of IT, telecom and transportation. Ready for another licensing change from Microsoft? According to its October PUR (product use rights), Microsoft has eliminated several key External Connectors from its list of offerings – including those External Connectors for Exchange, Lync and SharePoint Servers. If you’re wondering what that means for your business, you’re not alone. IT and sourcing professionals are struggling to understand the implications. Here is an excerpt from Microsoft’s October PUR: “With the 2013 versions of Exchange Server, Lync […]

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Afternoon Coffee: Boo Berry and Count Chocula, Japanese Disaster Funds Misspent, Wine Shortage

Sheena Smith - October 31, 2012 10:10 AM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee, Sheena Moore

“A quest for Count Chocula will lead Ron Macedo, a 41-year-old Toronto food distributor, across the border this month to Buffalo, N.Y., in order to buy at least 10 boxes of Chocula for himself and at least 20 boxes of Boo and Franken Berry for friends–to take back to Canada.” Boo Berry Is Big at Halloween With Kids, Hoarders and Resellers — October is the coolest month for Roger Barr. For a few happy weeks, grocery stores stock the object of his desire: Boo Berry. That is the berry-flavored cereal that turns milk bluish, delighting generations of American kids–and some […]

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Spend Matters PRO Week: Holding MSPs Accountable to a BPO-Based Standard (Part 1)

Jason Busch - October 31, 2012 7:10 AM | Categories: Jason Busch

To highlight the depth of what’s available on Spend Matters PRO, we’ll be featuring full text analysis from select research briefs this week on the Spend Matters public site. Spend Matters PRO is our response to the type of material we wanted (but never got) when we were customers of industry analyst research firms. It’s fast, deep, pragmatic, and insightful. We’re offering a special discount to the first 25 yearly subscribers we sign up this week (individual seat costs in this offer are creditable on a pro-rotated basis to corporate/all company access accounts should you decide that you want to […]

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Spend Matters PRO Week: SciQuest and Spend Radar Customer Analysis (Part 2)

Jason Busch - October 31, 2012 4:10 AM | Categories: Jason Busch, Optimization, M&A

Please click here for the first installment of this series. <to highlight the depth of what's available on Spend Matters PRO, our premium subscription site, we’ll be featuring full text analysis from select research briefs this week on Spend Matters public site. Spend Matters PRO is our response to the type of material we wanted (but never got) when we were customers of industry analyst research firms. It’s fast, deep, pragmatic and insightful. We hope you enjoy this weeklong preview of what’s available on Spend Matters PRO. And if you like what you see, drop us a line. Below, we […]

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Spend Matters PRO Week: Tradeshift – Should Ariba and OB10 be Worried?

Jason Busch - October 31, 2012 12:10 AM | Categories: Jason Busch

Take advantage of our special PRO offer this week by clicking here. PRO subscribers can access the original installment of this four-part Spend Matters PRO research brief starting here (published July and August, 2012): Tradeshift’s Supplier Enablement Strategy for E-Invoicing — Should Ariba and OB10 be Worried? PRO subscribers can also access Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 of this series by clicking these links (they will not be published on Spend Matters). Earlier this summer, Tradeshift unveiled a new program called Fast Track to get companies transacting invoices electronically for a relatively low price per document, including all […]

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The Genesis of a Firestorm – Managing Risk and Value in the Supply Base (Part 1)

Thomas Kase - October 30, 2012 3:42 PM | Categories: The Knowledge

The other week I attended the Managing Risk & Value forum held in Atlanta. Participants came from a range of firms – Brauer Aerospace & Defense, CP Kelco, DuPont, HD Supply, Home Depot and many others. The event was organized by Firestorm and Genesis, with the most famous draw being John Campi, currently Managing Partner at Genesis, formerly SVP Sourcing and Vendor Management at Home Depot, prior to this CPO at Chrysler, CPO at DuPont, and a series of procurement positions with other household names.

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Creative Supply Chains: Lessons from Walmart and Liz Claiborne

Guest-Post - October 30, 2012 12:10 PM | Categories: Best Practice, Suppliers, Supply Risk, Sustainability

Spend Matters welcomes a guest post from Dean Vella, who writes about supply chain management topics and best practices for University Alliance. Despite signs of a recovery, albeit a slow one, retailers are still feeling the effects of the recession as higher prices for fuel, freight and raw materials drive up the cost of doing business. In order to stay competitive in this climate, retailers have had to develop better efficiencies and innovative management processes. In other words, they’ve had to get creative with an increasingly complex supply chain. The supply chain has long been a point of vulnerability for […]

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Afternoon Coffee: Hurricane Sandy Aftermath, Foxconn to Announce Q3 Earnings, Coke’s Cost Cutting

Sheena Smith - October 30, 2012 10:10 AM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee, Sheena Moore

A haunting image of NYC’s dark skyline. The aftermath. Sandy’s Aftermath: Damage Estimates Top $20 Billion, Among The Worst U.S. Storms Of All Time — Sandy has killed at least 33 people across six states, has left more than 6 million without power, and has absolutely crippled the mass transit system that that nation’s biggest city relies upon to function, with many subway tunnels flooded. “The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as last night,” said Joe Lhota, chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, this morning. And here […]

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Spend Matters PRO Week: Ariba/SAP Customer Recommendations and Initial Analysis (Part 1)

Jason Busch - October 30, 2012 7:10 AM | Categories: Jason Busch

To highlight the depth of what’s available on Spend Matters PRO, we’ll be featuring full text analysis from select research briefs this week on the Spend Matters public site. Spend Matters PRO is our response to the type of material we wanted (but never got) when we were customers of industry analyst research firms. It’s fast, deep, pragmatic, and insightful. We’re offering a special discount to the first 25 yearly subscribers we sign up this week (individual seat costs in this offer are creditable on a pro-rotated basis to corporate/all company access accounts should you decide that you want to […]

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Spend Matters PRO Week: SciQuest and Spend Radar Customer Analysis (Part 1)

Jason Busch - October 30, 2012 4:10 AM | Categories: Jason Busch, Optimization, M&A

To highlight the depth of what’s available on Spend Matters PRO, we’ll be featuring full text analysis from select research briefs this week on the Spend Matters public site. Spend Matters PRO is our response to the type of material we wanted (but never got) when we were customers of industry analyst research firms. It’s fast, deep, pragmatic, and insightful. As one example, where other analyst firms often take weeks or months to turn around a high-level analysis of a solutions/software acquisition impacting procurement organizations, we often provide same-day coverage of M&A activity a level that we believe is significantly […]

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New Research: The Four Faces of Procurement

Jason Busch - October 30, 2012 12:10 AM | Categories: Jason Busch, Learning / Research

Welcome to Spend Matters PRO week! Look for tons of new research to download (for free!) and explore how Spend Matters PRO has evolved (one-seat packages are now available for as low as $29.99/month: more here). Who knows…we may just throw out some free trials and other promotions. So stay tuned for the newest “freemium” research from Spend Matters and a solid week-long look at our updaged “premium” offerings on PRO. My colleague Peter Smith recently penned an invaluable paper that I kick myself for not writing earlier: The Four Faces of Procurement. Peter spends much of the beginning of […]

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