Author Archives: Thomas Kase

Understand Your Use Case First – Develop Later! Yes, that Goes For You Too, Google!

- October 24, 2014 2:45 AM | Categories: Friday Rant, Technology

Don't you just hate it when applications and web-based SaaS solutions look cool, but once you start using them, you run into issues with the slick buttons (having to click once on everything to figure out what the icon means) or you just can't figure out where a certain feature is (assuming it even exists, but how can you know for sure?). "Mystery meat" is what I call these features.

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SciQuest 14.2 Update Part 2: Total Supplier Management – Sophisticated Supplier Lifecycle Management Solution Renewed

In Part 1, we looked at the new TSM (Total Supplier Manager) 14.2 release by SciQuest. Details included a Base TSM with extendible functionality on a core Java framework shared with the rest of SciQuest’s suite offering, which concludes the migration of AECsoft IP from the older .NET architecture to SciQuest’s core platform. Read on to hear more insights in Part 2.

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Ebola – The Deadly Butterfly Fluttering Through The Supply Chain

butterfly Unfortunately, as we all know, Ebola has rapidly gone from being an obscure illness to becoming the headline of the day. At Spend Matters we have followed this as well. While not ignoring the suffering of those afflicted, we wonder how this is changing supply chains around the world. So let’s take a renewed look based on what has happened lately. Currently primarily Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and secondarily, Senegal and Nigeria are affected – but the supply chain effects go further, far further.

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SciQuest 14.2 Update: Total Supplier Management – Sophisticated Supplier Lifecycle Management Solution Renewed

SciQuest has released version 14.2 of its Total Supplier Management (TSM) solution. The bulk of the high-end SLM (supplier lifecycle management) and SIM (supplier information management) intellectual property contained in its 14.2 TSM offering was originally obtained through the AECsoft acquisition nearly 4 years ago, and the AECsoft’s .NET architected solution has now been almost entirely moved over to SciQuest’s Java-based framework as well as received a solid UI/UX scrubbing. Hats off to SciQuest for accomplishing this.

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Cloud: “It’s All Hype”

- October 15, 2014 2:25 AM | Categories: Analytics, Cloud, Technology

file0001433798878 In Part 1, we read about some of the details that lurk under the surface of the deceptively simple “cloud” label. Part 2 has the first half of our exclusive interview with Steve Brooke – serial CTO at Procuri, CombineNet and other firms – and his comments on cloud, SaaS and what is important when developing as well as buying scalable, reliable cloud solutions. This final part concludes the interview with Steve, and wraps up with some takeaways for buyers looking for cloud solutions.

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The Cloud Hype: What Makes Sense For Businesses?

- October 14, 2014 2:49 AM | Categories: Analytics, Cloud, Technology

1388625479i9qd5 Part 1 of this series looked at various permutations of cloud and SaaS solutions – with a statement Larry Ellison has made at several Oracle Open World events, as well as thoughts from Spend Matters Thomas Kase and Pierre Mitchell. With those thoughts, I turned to Steve Brooke, a serial SaaS, ahem, cloud CTO – notably at Procuri (now Ariba) and later CombineNet (now SciQuest) in the procurement solution space. Read on to hear Steve's thoughts and comments about the cloud hype in the context of what actually makes sense to businesses from an operational point of view.

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Who is the Cloud(iest) or SaaS(iest)? Is This Even Important When Selecting Solutions?

- October 13, 2014 6:29 AM | Categories: Analysis, Cloud

1352897504yg3vl-1 In Part 1 of this three-part series, Thomas Kase, vice president of research for Spend Matters, talks about "what is cloud" - what it means and how to "cut through the hype." What tools in cloud solutions are necessary and actually make a difference? Stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3, as well.

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Verian Solution Highlights Continued (Part 3)

- October 7, 2014 2:34 AM | Categories: Analysis, P2P, Vendor Snapshots, Verian Technologies

In the first and second installments of this series, the Spend Matters analyst team provided core insight into Verian, a fast growing P2P provider. In Part 3 of this research brief, Thomas Kase continues his analysis from the recent Verian customer conference and Verian’s new solution strengths and weaknesses.

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The New Verian 14 – Bringing Unique Assets to the Table (Part 2)

- October 6, 2014 6:16 AM | Categories: Analysis, P2P, Vendor Snapshots, Verian Technologies

In the first installment of this series, the Spend Matters analyst team provided core insight into Verian, a fast growing P2P provider. In this research brief, Thomas Kase continues his analysis from the recent Verian customer conference, delving into Verian’s solution strengths and weaknesses while also providing key takeaways for our Spend Matters PRO members.

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SCOTUS Alert – Amazon Being Sued

Amazon is being sued over labor practices - specifically whether or not physical "strip searches" and waiting for them should be on the clock or off. ​Since this is going in front of SCOTUS on Oct. 8, we will soon know how this will play out. Thomas Kase provides some quick insight on the issue.

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Verian: A P2P provider to Include In Your Next RFP Round (Facts, Figures and Platform Insights – Part 1)

- October 3, 2014 2:32 AM | Categories: Analysis, P2P, Vendor Snapshots, Verian Technologies

If you have read Jason Busch’s recent coverage on Verian, then you broadly know about the P2P solution footprint of Verian. There is nothing quite like spending time with the actual staff (not just marketing and execs) of a provider to get a feel for what they are really like. The following three-part Spend Matters PRO brief represents Thomas Kase’s collective insights from spending over two days with Verian and some of its clients during Elevate, the company’s annual user conference, held in Charlotte, North Carolina Sept. 24-26. Today we share Part 1 of this series. Stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3 in the coming days.

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Party Like the ‘90s – When is May 2000 Coming?

- September 24, 2014 10:36 AM | Categories: Analysis, Conferences, Supply Chain

Dr. Laura D'Andrea Tyson, business and economics professor at Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, delivered the keynote presentation at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, the other week. The key question: when is the new May 2000 coming (i.e., major economic reversal)? Let me be clear that Dr. Tyson didn’t come across as bullish. In fact, she raised several points of concern. Here are my notes from her speech, with my own thoughts added, spanning topics from Europe to China to Japan -- as well as interest rates, supply chain risk and other macroeconomic variables. Ultimately, our supply chains (and top line) are only as strong as the weakest links.

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