The Best Of Spend Matters 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.

Must-Watch Films and TV: Recommendations From and For Procurement Professionals

A few months ago, we published a post on book recommendations for procurement and supply chain practitioners. Textbooks they were not: I solicited recommendations both inside and outside Spend Matters for books that have relevant takeaways for procurement, even if they are about, say, tulips (that would be Mike Dash’s “Tulipomania”). Today we’re back with another round of recommendations, this time in the film and TV show category. The gist remains the same: What films and TV shows, while not nominally about procurement or supply chain, nevertheless contain pertinent lessons?

Pierre Mitchell on the Spend Matters 2017 50 to Watch, 50 to Know Lists

Several weeks ago, the Spend Matters Analyst Team released the fourth annual 50 to Watch, 50 to Know lists. Each year, the analysts spend much of Q1 in a spirited back-and-forth debate over which technology solution providers merit a spot on the year's lists. This year was no different.

50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch for 2017

After months of debate, we are excited to reveal our 50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch for 2017. At Spend Matters, we routinely review the latest procurement technology and service offerings. This uniquely positions us to help you with your vendor selection process. The 50/50 lists are the result of intense debate, discussion and refinement among all of the Spend Matters analysts and reflect our unbiased, independent view of the organizations you should know and watch.

Coupa Release 17 Dropped This Week, and Other Top P2P Takeaways

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Coupa made some waves earlier this week with its first cloud platform update of the year — the “sector-news pinnacle” of a very P2P-centric week here at Spend Matters. Xavier Olivera and Spend Matters Founder Jason Busch also co-presented “2017: The Most Disruptive Year in P2P Ever?” last Wednesday in a live webinar, which is now available on demand.

From Toyota to Trump: Our Top Risk Management and Compliance Posts from 2016

Wherever there is a supply chain, there is risk. Whether that risk is a result of natural disasters or a sub-supplier’s labor violations, uncertainty and surprise are a central element. We started out the year with big headlines in the world of supply chain risk. In January, a fire at an Aichi Corp. steel plant in Japan led Toyota to halt production for a week, which was likely to hurt the company’s sales by more than 80,000 vehicles.

From Heavy Hitters to Blockchain: The Best of P2P in 2016

When discussing procurement processes and strategy, it’s hard not to mention procure-to-pay (P2P) or the enabling technologies that go along with it. E-procurement, one of the original technology segments to center on automating and improving procurement, has led to numerous internal improvements for procurement groups; e-invoicing automation has led to substantial cost and efficiency gains for both companies and public sector organizations.

And while both these technologies that form the core of P2P have been around for a while, they’re both far from done innovating. To see why, check out our top five posts on P2P from 2016.

Looking Back at the “Billion-Dollar Baby”: Our Top Amazon Posts of 2016

You guys really like reading about Amazon. So much so, that when the editors of Spend Matters were discussing how to approach our end-of-the-year Best Ofs, we said, “The heck with it, let’s just give Amazon its own category.”

But on a more serious note, this year saw some pretty big headlines related to the company, whose supply chain Pierre Mitchell (Chief Research Officer at Spend Matters) called possibly the most advanced in the world. So let’s take a look at our top posts on Amazon from 2016.