Afternoon Coffee: Coupa, Ivalua, Jaggaer and SAP Ariba, Compared; Hospitals Still Way Behind on Supply Chain Analytics

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Perhaps not surprisingly, a new survey reveals that almost half of hospitals are still using manual processes and tools such as spreadsheets to manage their supply chains.

According to the survey conducted by Sage Growth Partners on behalf of Syft, a national provider of inventory control and end-to-end supply chain cost management software and services, “thirty-seven percent of respondents said they use Excel or other Microsoft tools to track margins per case for operating room (OR) procedures, and “around one-quarter use other low-tech tools, do not know if they track OR margins, or do not track those margins,” as reported by HIT Infrastructure.

“While 86 percent of respondents believe improving SCM would improve care quality, 27 percent said their hospital does not yet use SCM data analytics to identify ways to improve quality,” the article stated.

S2P Suite Technology on a Functional Basis: Four Big Providers, Compared

The Spend Matters Team has done a deep dive on four of the top performing S2P suite vendors in the Q4 SolutionMap functional benchmark: Coupa, Ivalua, Jaggaer and SAP Ariba.

“The SolutionMap benchmark highlights how all ‘suite’ vendors have at least some functional gaps in one or more of these modular areas compared with their broad-based procurement technology peers or the often more competitive best-of-breed solution set in any one area,” according to the article. “No one is perfect.”

Read the 'Cliffs Notes' version of the analyses here (full analyses: paywall).

How Companies Are Leveraging Digital Sustainability Intelligence

EcoVadis, which provides sustainability risk and performance ratings for global supply chains, and three health and pharmaceutical companies — GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Teva, Takeda — this year announced the launch of the Responsible Health Initiative (RHI), according to Kyra Senese in an article published on Spend Matters today.

“As business models across the health and pharmaceutical industries continue to evolve and overlap, it makes sense for organizations to focus on shared needs, goals and opportunities in sustainability, and act on them through the collective industry supply chain,” Pierre-Francois Thaler, co-CEO and co-founder of EcoVadis, is quoted as saying.

Read the full article for more on the initiative’s goals.

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