The Best Of Category

‘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.

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.

Spend Matters Book Club: Must-Read Books for Procurement Professionals

A recent good read on how data, algorithms and internal biases affect our lives caused me to wonder: what other books, while not nominally related to procurement, have pertinent takeaways? To find out, I asked around. Responses ranged from the rare oddity to the classics of the business canon, with suggestions from the Spend Matters team and practitioners alike. Welcome to the first meeting of the Spend Matters Book Club.

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of May 11 [Plus+]

Happy Friday! And, welcome to another edition of our best of roundup, giving you the latest and greatest from the Spend Matters Network. Read up on the news regarding the IBM Emptoris and Coupa partnership on Spend Matters, and delve into complex sourcing tasks over on Spend Matters UK. MetalMiner talks about all the action regarding aluminum production in the Middle East. Trade Financing Matters, too, discusses the controversial topic of palm oil. Enjoy!

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of April 20 [Plus+]

Happy Friday, and welcome back to another edition of our Best of Roundup – giving you the most noteworthy articles of the week published on our Spend Matters Network. Check out all the coverage Jason provided from the Tungsten conference this week on Spend Matters. Head over to Spend Matters UK to read an interesting post on "man-vs.-man negotiation." MetalMiner taught us about its forecasting methods this week as well, and Trade Financing Matters discussed integrated receivable hubs. Enjoy!

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of April 6 [Plus+]

Welcome to another edition of our best of roundup – a compilation of our most noteworthy and talked about articles from around the Spend Matters Network this week. Spend Matters US got to talk to the new CEO Of Taulia, and across the pond, Spend Matters UK shares advice on supplier relationship management. MetalMiner, too, provides an update on raw steel prices. Enjoy and happy Friday!

Tackling Myth vs. Reality in Procurement

This week on Chief Procurement Officer, we began our series of dismantling the top procurement myths that exist in the industry. Written by Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer, the series includes a new post every day discussing another procurement myth and why it should no longer exist. It is clear that while some procurement practices worked 20 years ago, they shouldn't be followed today. Pierre tells us why. Check out the beginning of the series, published this week on the CPO website.

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of March 23 [Plus+]

It's Friday, which means another edition of the "Best of" roundup – giving you our favorite articles published around the Spend Matters Network throughout the week. Jason decided it was time for a "smackdown" on best-of-breed e-procurement solutions on our US Spend Matters site. UK Spend Matters tells us why indirect and direct spend definitions are not suitable classifications for procurement. MetalMiner tells us why US steel producers are concerned CRC imports, and Trade Financing Matters talks US interest rates. Enjoy!

Best Of Spend Matters Network – Week of Jan. 26 [Plus+]

As January comes to a close, we offer the latest edition of the Best of Spend Matters Network Roundup. Today, as every Friday, we give you the most noteworthy articles from the week published on our network of websites - from Spend Matters US and UK sites, Public Spend Matters Europe, Trade Financing Matters and MetalMiner. Enjoy!

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Jan. 19 [Plus+]

We offer our most popular posts from around the Spend Matters Network this week. Find out what our readers have been checking out, from football commentary on Spend Matters to unethical behavior from food buyers on our Spend Matters UK site and more. Also read the most noteworthy posts from MetalMiner and Trade Financing Matters. Enjoy!