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IACCM’s 2014 Conference: Contract/Commercial Management Person? YOU ARE IMPORTANT! (Part 2)

- October 16, 2014 1:25 PM | Categories: Conferences, Contract Management

you are imporatnt image In my last post covering IACCM’s Americas Conference, I covered some risk management strategies that contract/commercial people can take before leaving you with a thrilling cliffhanger on how both personal and department branding can be the key to internal and external success. There was an overall encouraging undertone throughout the day of “You are important. Your job is important. Contracting is important. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.” So let’s dive into some feel-good personal stuff, shall we?

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Ask the Expert Webinar Tomorrow! Grab Your Shades: The Future of Spend Analytics is Bright

- October 16, 2014 8:11 AM | Categories: Ask the Expert, Spend Analysis

In this week's Ask The Expert webcast on Friday, October 17 from 10-10:30am Central, Spend Matters Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell will give the 50-cent tour of our "50 Shades of Pay" Plus series on spend analysis. Pierre will introduce the analytics framework being used for the series and then provide a roadmap of how spend analytics is a gateway to spend/supply management excellence, starting with historic spend visibility, but then broadening to analytics in procurement performance, supply base performance, and compliance management. And there's more – much more! The session will also cover related areas of master data management, planning and budgeting, working capital management, risk management, and predictive analytics. Sunglasses not provided, unfortunately. Plus/PRO members, click on through to register.

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IACCM’s 2014 Conference: Holistic Risk Management Through Contracting (Part 1)

- October 15, 2014 2:52 PM | Categories: Conferences, Contract Management

As CEO Tim Cummins said in his keynote speech on the first day of this year’s IACCM Americas Conference: “The journey for recognition of the contracting function has taken 15 years - most of it wandering through a desert.” Dry (heh) British humor aside, the overall feeling at the event was that contracting as a whole is finally getting the corporate recognition that it deserves, as a “professionalized community that operates with respect in the business world.” Here are some highlights from the sessions I attended on holistic risk management (through contracts, of course!).

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Ask the Expert Webinar: Why is SAP Paying a Premium for Concur?

- October 2, 2014 8:08 AM | Categories: Ask the Expert, Breaking News, ERP, Industry News, M&A, Travel

Whether you are at the CPO level thinking about your ERP and other procurement solution strategy, or “merely” reporting your travel expenses through Concur, few have not heard about SAP’s outsized bid to acquire Concur. Approximately $8.3B in the largest acquisition of a SaaS provider to date. We invite our Plus and PRO members to join this week's Ask the Expert webinar on Friday, October 3 from 11-11:30am Central to hear what Spend Matters’ Jason Busch and Thomas Kase have to say about the deal.

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Live on Thursday! Jason Busch Gives an Oracle ERP Procurement Update

- September 15, 2014 12:03 PM | Categories: Ask the Expert, ERP

You may have noticed a lot of Oracle coverage on Spend Matters PRO lately, but why read the site when you can listen to Jason Busch talk about Oracle live? Plus/PRO members and procurement practitioners are welcome to join us on Thursday, 9/18/14, from 10-10:30am Central as Jason gives a quick overview on the state of ERP procurement today, an update on Oracle's procurement product lines, areas of innovation within Oracle procurement (yes, there's some pretty cool stuff), and expectations for OpenWorld and beyond. This webinar is sponsored by Enrich. Register here!

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WEBINAR this Friday! The Best-of-Breed vs. ERP Debate is Dead

- September 9, 2014 10:29 AM | Categories: Ask the Expert, Best Practice, ERP, Technology

If the debate is dead, what really matters in best-in-class procurement suites? Join Pierre Mitchell (Chief Research Officer, Spend Matters) THIS Friday, 9/12/14, from 11-11:30am Central to find out. Pierre says: "There is an old debate about tightly integrated ERP vendor suites and deep functionality from niche best-of-breed providers. We’ll say it: that debate is dead. ERP vendors (and other providers) now have fragmented application portfolios, while many best-of-breed vendors have integrated suites. Still, ERP isn't going away, and procurement needs to get best-in-class information capabilities that move at the speed of the business – not the IT department." This short-format webinar, sponsored by Ivalua, is open to all procurement practitioners - so register now!

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Spend Matters Reaches 10,000 Posts!

- September 5, 2014 2:42 AM | Categories: Commentary, Spend Humor

In scientific notation, 10,000 is written as 104 or 1 E+4 or 1 E4. It is the square of 100 and the square root of 100,000,000. If you were to draw a polygon with 10,000 sides, it would be called a myriagon. Ten kilometers (aka Sheena’s favorite distance to row and one of Jason’s least favorites to run) are equal to: 6.2 miles, the side of a square with an area of 100km2, and the radius of a circle with area 314.159 km2. Why are we dorking out over the number 10,000? Because this, what you are reading right now, is Spend Matters’ 10,000th post to go live on the site.

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Spend Matters en Español: The State of Procurement in Mexico and Latin America

- August 27, 2014 9:02 AM | Categories: Ask the Expert

You may have noticed some Spanish posts on Spend Matters lately, and this week's Ask the Expert webinar on Friday, 8/29/14 from 10-10:30am Central will feature Jason Busch and our new contributor Xavier Oliver. Besides giving an intro to the Spend Matters Spanish team (and why we think a local language site is necessary), they'll also give an overview on the state of procurement in Mexico and Latin America (e-invoicing requirements, anyone?) as well as Mexican procurement and supply chain priorities. They'll end with a Q&A that will cover doing business with Mexican suppliers, expectations, the procurement culture, etc. Plus and PRO members, click through to join us.

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Pandemics and the Supply Chain: What’s the Actual Risk Factor?

- August 13, 2014 9:01 AM | Categories: Ask the Expert, Risk Performance and Compliance

Don't forget to join us for tomorrow's Ask the Expert webinar featuring VP of Research Thomas Kase and Heiko Schwarz, Managing Director at riskmethods. This topic goes way beyond ebola, though that's what's making headlines right now. Thomas and Heiko will walk you through the actual risk factors pandemics bring to the supply chain, but then they'll also touch on the HR aspect (layering in pandemics alongside kidnapping, general crime, political issues, geo events such floods, earthquakes, etc.), and finish with prudent and realistic strategies companies can take to protect their supply chains. If you're a Spend Matters Plus or PRO member, we hope to see you tomorrow from 10-10:30am Central for Should You Be Worried About Ebola in Your Supply Chain?

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Ask the Expert: Should You Be Worried About Ebola and Your Supply Chain?

Should you be worried about Ebola? What can you do about this issue, and similar illnesses that might disrupt your supply chain and/or put your employees and suppliers at risk? On this week's Ask the Expert webinar, on Thursday 8/14 from 10-10:30am Central, Spend Matters VP of Research Thomas Kase will provide an overview of the issue and possible ways to improve your understanding of the level of exposure – as well as ways to better alert employees and third parties when needed. We’re also pleased to have a special guest joining Thomas: Heiko Schwarz, Managing Director of riskmethods. riskmethods is a German firm focused on global supply basic risk visibility and mitigation. Spend Matters Plus and PRO members, click on through to register for this special event!

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Webinar on Thursday: Are Digital Signatures that Important? Yes, Indeed

- July 29, 2014 9:05 AM | Categories: Ask the Expert, Best Practice, Procurement Strategy & Planning

You may have caught Pierre Mitchell's piece from last week on this topic (In Defense of the Signed Document), and we want to take it even further. Therefore, we're opening up this week's Ask the Expert webinar (on Thursday from 11-11:30 am Central) to ALL Plus/PRO members and procurement practitioners. As the orchestration between buyers, suppliers, and other third parties becomes more complex and increasingly digital, the need to seamlessly move across the document/data spectrum becomes more critical. Why? Jason Busch will count the ways.

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Ask the Expert is Back: Intellectual Property, Patents, and Proprietary Procurement Solutions

- July 15, 2014 9:03 AM | Categories: Ask the Expert

We’ve been running a series on patents in procurement solutions in general, and Ariba’s stash of IP goodies in particular (check in on Spend Matters to read them). This week’s Ask the Expert, run by Thomas Kase, VP Research at Spend Matters is more of his layman’s perspective on Ariba’s cache of patents, what they cover, and who might be in violation. Plus and PRO members, this one's for you! Click on through to register.

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