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What’s Top of Mind for Procurement This Year: 3 Hot Topics from Q1 2018

As frost and overcast skies turn to morning dew and sunshine, many procurement leaders continue to take their New Year’s resolutions from aspiration to reality. During the first three months of 2018, Spend Matters brought plenty of news to support them in that journey, from our annual trends and forecast series to exclusive interviews with industry executives and the latest in comparative vendor analyses. What topics have been top of mind for procurement this year, and what can practitioners expect as they head into the second quarter of 2018? Here are the top three topics our readers have been examining over for the last several months.

It’s 2018: What New Questions Do You Have About Procurement?

As Spend Matters analysts, editors and readers went on much-deserved vacations over the winter holidays, Ask Spend Matters went on a short hiatus, too. But as everyone settles back into their offices, hopefully more relaxed and refreshed, we at Spend Matters are eager to see where Ask Spend Matters goes this year. And so consider this our 2018 call for reader questions: What have you always wondered about procurement or supply chain but have been afraid to ask? What do you want to know more about?

Procurement in 2018: Guidance and Predictions from an Industry Veteran

Where is procurement going in 2018? While it would be easy to fall into the perennial trap of describing long-term trends as the next big thing, thankfully there are saner heads that can guide us into this new year with sound advice in addition to modest predictions. Procurement veteran Peter Smith is one those people. Over on our sister site Spend Matters UK/Europe, he has offered practitioners some simple (but important) reminders to consider in 2018, as well as a forecast for how events in the procurement technology market could play out.

Procurement in 2017: The Year’s Most Popular Articles

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The past year has been a year of change for the procurement world. Old technology companies ceded ground to reigning titans. Market leaders adapted strategies and continued a wave of consolidation. And Spend Matters changed, too, debuting new reports and tools to help procurement leaders better understand the solution provider landscape. To get a better understanding of where we’ve been and how procurement could continue to change in 2018, check out our top 10 articles of the year

A New Way of Ranking Procurement Technology Solution Providers in 2017: Best of Spend Matters SolutionMap

It has been quite a big year at Spend Matters. And no, not in terms of racking up the greatest number of avian species sightings (even though I am a birder). Within this big year, Spend Matters analyst and extended teams launched what we hope to be the primary tool for procurement solution providers to highlight their capabilities to the broader market — and most important, for procurement practitioners to use as their technology selection guide. In this year-end Best of Spend Matters piece, we present a short history of SolutionMap in 2017.

Workforce Trends, Millennials and Your Burning Questions: 2017’s Best Practitioner-Centric Articles

Psst, Reader, want to eavesdrop for a moment on a typical Spend Matters editorial meeting? We spend a lot of time talking about you, the procurement practitioner. “What do they truly want to read?” we ask each other. “How do they want to read it? What topics interest them? Do they like their articles long or short, with or without graphics? Are we writing too much about blockchain?” And so on and so forth. Ultimately, we figured that speculation wouldn’t be as fruitful as, say, just asking readers directly, and so this past summer Ask Spend Matters was born.

What Boeing, SAP Ariba and Cannabis Have in Common: Spend Matters Best of Direct Materials in 2017

As always, the direct materials supply chain was a hotbed of activity over the past year, and Spend Matters held the front lines on much of it for what matters to procurement practitioners and their technology options. In this year-end wrap up, we present the best of our direct materials coverage from 2017, including news about direct materials-centric technology providers, commodity-specific updates and a budding new supply category.

Have You Asked Spend Matters a Question and Not Heard Back? Don’t Worry — We’re Working on It!

For those of you who have submitted a question to our Ask Spend Matters program but haven’t heard from us, we wanted to let you know that even though we’re in the dog days of summer, we haven’t forgotten about your questions. In fact, we’ve taken a close look at all the questions submitted since we launched the program in early July. Our editorial team has grappled with which questions to pursue and investigate, and several have already been reported and published! Check them out within.

3 Hot Topics Procurement Won’t Be Able to Stop Thinking About Even at the Beach

As we slog through the dog days of summer, many procurement folks are letting their minds wander to more pleasant thoughts — a drink by the beach, a few rounds on the back nine, a moment of peace (however fleeting) without the constant ding of email notifications from a smartphone. And as they pack for a well-deserved vacation, they’ll try leave behind some of those more persistent thoughts and concerns, as well. What has been top of mind for procurement this year, and what has stressed them out to the point where they need to get away from it all for a bit? Here are the top three topics our readers have been sweating over for the last seven months.

How to Decide on Organizational Sourcing Structures, Supply Market Intelligence Sources (ICYMI)

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Last week, we ran two stories that have come out of our new feature, Ask Spend Matters. The feature asks readers to tell us what they’ve always wondered about procurement and supply chain, and our editors then select questions to pursue and investigate. While our first replies covered the intricacies of tail spend management and the use of big data in public procurement, last week we tackled two questions related to the sourcing side of procurement. Check out what your peers are wondering and be sure to leave us your own question!

ICYMI: What Have You Always Wondered About Procurement (But Were Afraid to Ask)?

The Spend Matters editors have been busy working through reader questions these past two weeks. Our recent submissions run the gamut from how to implement supplier relationship management to what professional skills will be most in demand in the supply chain and procurement field to, er, prank questions from our own colleagues. You might be thinking, “But hang on! What’s all this? Can I submit a question? Is this a new feature?” Yes and yes! In case you missed it (this is peak vacation time, after all), earlier this month we launched Ask Spend Matters, where you tell us what procurement questions to investigate, and we report out the answer in the form of an article.

‘Innovation’ the Connective Tissue to this Year’s 50 to Watch, 50 to Know Lists

The 100 procurement technology solution providers that make up the 2017 50 to Watch, 50 to Know lists represent quite a bit of diversity. From consulting to healthcare, big data to supply risk, there truly is something for every practitioner in this year's lists. But there is one unifying quality that transcends the 2017 listees: Innovation.