Daily Archives: January 15, 2013

Coupling CRM & Asset Management to Support After Sales Service Requirements

Spend Matters welcomes a guest post from Sajit Kumar C.N. and Ganesh Subramanian, of Infosys. Globalization is obviously changing the way we do business - rapidly, radically, and in ways that may be profoundly displacing many of the well-accepted models. One such model is Enterprise-centric Asset Management. Organizations can no longer afford to sustain with inward-looking Enterprise Asset Management only. The world is rapidly adopting collaboration across value chain as a competitive differentiator. The same holds well for after sales asset management, which is the last and perhaps the most decoupled "link" in the value chain in asset-intensive industries like […]

Afternoon Coffee: Made in America, Yum! Supply Chain Woes, Japan Orders Dreamliner Inquiry

Take our procurement events survey! Procurement Technology Events: Your Opinion is Needed! -- We've found that quick web surveys are a great way to pull together thoughtful responses from the peanut gallery, ideally as quickly as possible. Whether you've known us since this morning's random Google search or you've been a regular reader for years, we'd love your opinion. Click the above link to participate in our (2-3 minutes tops) survey. "What you're not going to find is a lot of electronics. No matter where you look." What Exactly Is--and Isn't--Made in America? One Lobby Shop Finds Out. -- The […]

Comparing SAP and Ariba for Sourcing (Part 2)

Click here for the first post in this series. The major difference in sourcing decisions between Ariba and SAP relative to best-of-breed vendors will nearly always come down to enabling the following elements: A more fluid RFI/RFP process and flexible data collection, the ability to scale to tens of thousands of line items, supporting supplier creativity/alternative specifications/alternative proposals, capability to fully explore – not just weight – all price and non-price factors in a tender, creation and application of constraints (e.g., split of business) and the ability to run scenarios based on constraints and present a menu of outcomes for […]

Procurement Technology Events: Your Opinion is Needed!

We've found that quick web surveys are a great way to pull together thoughtful responses from the peanut gallery, ideally as quickly as possible. Whether you've known us since this morning's random Google search or you've been a regular reader for years, we'd love your opinion. Here's a quick (2-3 minutes tops) survey. Have at it! Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool. Spend Matters will never become a procurement events company. We think organizations such as Procurement Leaders, ProcureCon and Sourcing Interests Group (SIG) already do an outstanding job, not to mention other organizations […]

Five Specialist Vendors You Must Talk to in 2013

The original post on Spend Matters PRO is available here: Five Specialist Vendors You Must Talk to in 2013. Not yet a member of Spend Matters PRO? How can I benefit? Information and Pricing Sign up now or Try before you buy! One of the challenges of being a procurement technology consumer is that you're most likely to be contacted by larger providers with significant marketing budgets to invest in aggressive lead generation or existing software providers that you – or your IT organization – are already in bed with. Finding yourself on the receiving end of outreach from these […]