As part of our online provider directory, Spend Matters Almanac, we’ll be unveiling our 2016 “50 to Watch” and “50 to Know” lists of providers in the procurement sector at the Institute for Supply Management’s annual conference held this year in Indianapolis, May 14-18. The two distinctions should speak for themselves, as the core Spend Matters team (Peter Smith, Pierre Mitchell, Andrew Karpie, Jason Busch, Michael Lamoureux and Sheena Smith) spent weeks debating about who should be included. Not all decisions were easy, but we think the result will be useful for everyone who wants (and needs) to get smart on the Current provider landscape.
Before we dive into the 50/50 details, here’s a quick low-down on the Spend Matters Almanac:
We are asked daily by Spend Matters readers for information about which solution providers they should be aware of and some basic knowledge of their capabilities – and there has been no standard guide covering procurement and supply chain providers to point them toward as reference.
Curated by Spend Matters editors and analysts, Spend Matters Almanac covers software firms, outsourcers, data providers, research providers, consultants, membership organizations, and similar firms that serve the procurement and supply chain market.
The 50 to Know are all members of the old procurement guard, and, simply put, they’re companies you should have some basic information on at all times.
The 50 to Watch are some of the more interesting up-and-coming players we’ve seen that we think our readers and members should get familiar with – and some are certainly more established than others.
It’s important to note that the 50/50 is not a ranked list – it’s not the point. Inclusion in the 50/50 is meant to indicate to a procurement practitioner, advisor or consultant that a company is worth knowing or taking a look at. Nothing more.
It’s also important to note that a listing in the 50/50 list does not constitute a Spend Matters good housekeeping-type “seal of approval.” While we by all means encourage providers that have been selected to link to their Almanac listing, a listing does not constitute in any way a sponsorship or endorsement of your company, products, or services.
We’re incredibly excited for the launch of the 50/50 lists and to reconnect with many of the firms selected this year at ISM2016. Those who have been selected for inclusion as part of the 50/50 will be getting an email very soon, so check your inbox for a an email that details all that is included and involved a part of being selected as either a firm to know or watch in 2016. link to provide specific contact, product and related information as part of your listing.