Daily Archives: January 16, 2013

Managing Wireless Costs in 2013

Guest-Post - January 16, 2013 12:01 PM | Categories: Industry News

Spend Matters welcomes another guest post from NPI, a spend management consultancy, focused on delivering savings in the areas of IT, telecom and transportation. Wireless cost management in today's enterprise IT environment has become painfully "decentralized" – and that's putting it euphemistically. A more honest and accurate descriptor would be "chaotic" and, in most cases, "ineffective." According to NPI's research, the average enterprise overpays 30 to 40 percent for wireless services. That's an unsettling figure, given that most companies have already upended their IT strategies to accommodate BYOD in the hopes of lower telecom costs. Here are the biggest cost […]

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Afternoon Coffee: Horsemeat Scandal, Boeing 787 Update, Wal-Mart Promises Jobs to Veterans

Sydney Lazarus - January 16, 2013 10:01 AM | Categories: Industry News

In the U.K. and Ireland, beef still preferred over horsemeat Cameron tells supermarkets: horsemeat burger scandal unacceptable --Supermarkets in the U.K. and Ireland are in the midst of an embarrassing product recall after the discovery of horsemeat and pork in some beef burger products sold by Tesco, Aldi and other major grocery retailers. Tesco's Everyday Value products were found to have horse DNA levels of 29 percent relative to beef content. Despite the fact that horsemeat poses no threat to consumer health, the British and Irish governments are investigating whether Dutch and Spanish suppliers are to blame. Former Apple CEO […]

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Five Specialist Vendors You Must Talk to in 2013: TradeShift

Jason Busch - January 16, 2013 9:32 AM | Categories: The Knowledge

The period in enterprise connectivity history when networks served only as means to an end – and/or to flip a business on its head to charge suppliers for the application for which it is facilitating data connectivity – is coming to a rapid end. Looking ahead, the network, including all of the built-in capabilities, intelligence and collaborative workings of its members, will be the end, not the application itself.

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Procurement Event Survey: Tell Us What You Think

Sheena Smith - January 16, 2013 8:01 AM | Categories: Industry News

If you didn't get a chance to weigh in as to whether or not you think Spend Matters should put together an event for 2013, the survey's still open: Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool. Thank you for your thoughts!

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Why Is Contract Management So Important?

Peter Smith - January 16, 2013 7:01 AM | Categories: Commentary

The following post is based on the paper authored by Peter Smith, Managing Director, Spend Matters UK/Europe: Preparing for Procurement in 2020: Negotiation, Contract and Supplier Information Overload Getting to Grips with Contract Management? -- How the CPO Can Lead on Managing Contract Risk and Opportunity – Discovery, Focus and Capability (available for free in the Spend Matters Research library). Going back to basics: why should organizations and procurement functions take contract management seriously? Procurement functions often see their work as complete once a contract is awarded. Their activities around sourcing strategy, supplier selection, contract development and negotiation are central […]

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Procurement Social Networking: Get Connected to Spend Matters

Sheena Smith - January 16, 2013 4:01 AM | Categories: Commentary

Behold: your road map to connect with us through social media, how to get in our face for product briefings and demos, where to send all of your press releases, and what to do if you're dying to write for Spend Matters. Facebook We like likes. Show us some love: Spend Matters on Facebook MetalMiner on Facebook Twitter Follow us! All of our blog posts run on Twitter, as well as live commentary from events we attend (if you haven't read Peter's live tweets of evening procurement events, you haven't lived). @SpendMatters @gpetersmith @MetalMiner YouTube Sometimes you have to say […]

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Scott Slone Joins Azul Partners and Spend Matters as CTO

Jason Busch - January 16, 2013 12:01 AM | Categories: Commentary

We're thrilled to announce today that Scott Slone has joined Azul Partners (Spend Matters' parent company) as Chief Technology Officer. I first met Scott when he worked for Ariba back in the highflying B2B and .com days (I actually knew his previous employer, Trading Dynamics, one of the early pioneers in sourcing software). Scott is not really joining Spend Matters, MetalMiner and our other sites as CTO so much as now we are taking nearly all of his waking hours versus just some of them. From day one in 2004, Scott was the brains and brawn behind Spend Matters technology […]

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