Daily Archives: November 14, 2012

BYOD – On the Decline in 2013?

Spend Matters welcomes another guest post from NPI, a spend management consultancy, focused on delivering savings in the areas of IT, telecom and transportation. Just yesterday, CIO.com posted an article on "2013 Prediction: BYOD on the Decline?" Given that most experts predict BYOD is still on the rise (Gartner has said it will be a top tech trend for 2013), this article discusses an interesting perspective from Nucleus Research: "Nucleus just put out a research note with this stunning prediction: BYOD will decline as enterprise mobility grows up. The thinking goes that BYOD was in the height of the hype […]

Offsets, Local Content, and Supplier Information Management

The principle of offsets is this: assume a country doesn’t have its own indigenous capacity or capability to manufacture, say, fighter aircraft, so they obviously have to buy from foreign suppliers. But the government making the purchase will (not unreasonably) wish some of that purchase price to be re-invested back into their country.

Afternoon Coffee: UK Gov’t Chooses BravoSolution, Seatless Airplanes, Massive Toyota Recall

"For the first time, we have achieved a detailed, accurate, and up-to-date reporting capability enabling visibility and control over spending across the whole of central government." Government Procurement Service Tackles Spend under Management Using BravoSolution Spend Analysis -- While rising costs and budget pressures continue to dominate headlines, Government Procurement Service (an executive agency of the Cabinet Office) and BravoSolution, the spend analysis company, have achieved visibility of spend under management across the entire UK central government. The initiative is being developed to also track metrics such as proportion of spend with SMEs, and investigate other areas where goods and […]

Procurement Today and Tomorrow: Becoming a Fire Starter (Finance’s Poodle to Attack Dog)

A few weeks back, I spoke at the Zycus customer conference in New Orleans. The topic of my presentation was: Procurement Today and Tomorrow: From Fire Drill to Fire Starter -- Transformative Scenarios For Change. The unofficial gist of my talk was that procurement had essentially become finance's poodle in too many companies, and must transform itself from lap dog to attack dog. Or as I put it during the introduction, our read of current "finance and procurement" collaboration reminds us of what one member of the press affectionately called PM Tony Blair in relation to President Bush (hint: finance […]

Procurement Savings in Manufacturing: Tracing Root Cause Bottleneck Issues (Continued)

Please click here for Part 1: Transition Suppliers, Part 2: Culling Top Performers, Part 3: The Operational Perspective and Part 4: Tracing Root Cause Bottleneck Issues of this series This series of posts is based on content, ideas and recommendations from the following Spend Matters Perspective: Making Sourcing Savings Stick: New (and Not-so-New) Strategies to Drive Savings Implementation. In fact, some of this paper's content was first published 10 years ago by Jason Busch, David Jungling, and Jay Odell, who were with FreeMarkets (at the time). While adapted for today's manufacturing environment, the ideas represent a timeless look at a […]

SAP and Ariba in Madrid: What’s First Out of the Acquisition and Network Box?

In the past few months, we've kept Spend Matters PRO subscribers abreast of the developments and planning taking place inside SAP and Ariba following the deal's announcement through closure (with customer and market "edge" we're known for – we're fully aware this does not always thrill certain parties!). We've also attempted to keep our regular readers (e.g., Spend Matters, Spend Matters UK/Europe, etc.) up to speed as well. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make it to the first public coming-out-as-one-entity party for SAP and Ariba: Sapphire in Europe (which is happening this week). While Spend Matters is not physically in […]