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You’re Invited! 2015 Procurement Predictions Webinar Series (Part 1)

- January 6, 2015 9:39 AM | Categories: Ask the Expert, Best Practice, Industry News, Procurement

Throughout January and February, all of our Ask the Expert webinars will be exclusively focused on our collective 2015 Procurement Predictions, put together by the entire Spend Matters analyst team. Best of all? This series is open to ALL Plus/PRO members AND procurement practitioners. Jason Busch and Pierre Mitchell will be kicking off the series this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, from 10-10:30 a.m. Central, so don't miss it! Click here to register.

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What Happens to the Gifts You Return? A Post-Christmas Look at the Supply Chain

- December 29, 2014 1:01 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Retailers are now dealing with the busiest time of the year for merchandise returns - and supply chain experts say that e-commerce isn't helping. Also, do you know the true supply chain story behind your tomatoes (and other fruits and veggies) from Mexico? Also, look for some new data coming out this Friday: it's when the purchasing managers' indices come out. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Ask the Expert Webinar Tomorrow: How to Build a Category Workbook (For Sourcing and More!)

- December 11, 2014 8:28 AM | Categories: Ask the Expert, Best Practice, Category Management

In this week's Ask the Expert webinar tomorrow, Dec. 12, 2014 from 11-11:30 a.m. CST, Spend Matters Plus/PRO members will be treated to a talk from Xavier Olivera of Spend Matters Mexico/Latin America. Xavier will guide you through the creation of an MRO category workbook to illustrate how rich this type of practice could be for any sourcing and knowledge management effort. Specifically, he'll walk through category scoping, opportunity assessments, how to profile internally and externally, how to develop a strategy, and finally, the role of supplier management in all this. Plus/PRO members, click through to register.

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Ask the Expert: Procurement Performance Management (PPM) – The Ultimate Alignment Tool – Not a Dashboard!

In this session, come hear from one of world's pre-eminent experts in PPM, our own Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell, to learn how the best procurement organizations use this capability not to track their lagging metrics of the past, but to look to the future, to stay aligned with stakeholders, to create an effective procurement operating model, and to elevate the supply management value proposition and transform functions beyond world class performance. Caveat: this week’s webinar will take a full 60 minutes. Double espresso recommended. Plus and PRO members, click on through to register.

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Join the Spend Matters Analysts on Halloween for The Scariest Procurement Stories of ALL TIME

- October 29, 2014 8:11 AM | Categories: Ask the Expert

Nobody loves a scary procurement story as much as the Spend Matters analyst team. Therefore, we thought we'd hold the closest thing you can to a procurement seance (ahem, a webinar, duh) this Friday (Halloween), from 10-10:30am Central. Expect bone chilling procurement tales of terror from Jason Busch, Pierre Mitchell, Peter Smith, and Xavier Olivera. This webinar is open to EVERYONE, so we hope to see you on Friday: register here.

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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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