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SourceDay: Vendor Introduction, Analysis and SWOT [PRO]

The broader procurement technology market has always had a tenuous relationship with the direct procurement technology solutions. Old timers may remember SupplyWorks from the early 2000s, but it folded — and the SupplyWorks brand name now belongs to a janitorial/sanitation service provider (we won’t go down the easy joke paths on this one). More recently, DirectWorks, a perfectly decent solution for direct materials sourcing, also struggled until getting picked up by Ivalua.

Part of the challenge is that direct procurement is not only a subset of spend but also a superset of processes, because it’s essentially infused into the broader supply chain. This makes it addressable from multiple solution sectors like SCM apps, supply chain networks, integration players and industry players.

Source-to-pay application suites, for their part, are picking off some low-hanging fruit functionality here, but the broader requirements are spelled out well in our coverage of a distinct segment that may be forming for direct materials procurement solutions.

Manufacturers today are slowly seeing an expanding set of purchasing tools beyond ERP and MRP alone, and choice is generally a good thing if you have your overall solution strategy/approach nailed down before you go tool shopping. Many will be more than happy to explore this new market.

One of these newer choices is SourceDay, an Austin, Texas-based vendor that directly integrates with ERP and MRP systems to automate the management of purchase orders and supplier performance. By providing a more usable and procurement-centric layer over the data housed by a legacy ERP or supply chain application, SourceDay takes on many of the problems that procurement organizations find in managing direct materials spend.

The result is that procurement can save time, reduce errors and systematically manage supplier performance from a common cloud or mobile interface while still claiming the benefits that an ERP system can offer. There are obviously caveats to this statement — namely around integration — but we’ll touch on this later.

This Spend Matters PRO Vendor Introduction offers a candid take on SourceDay and its capabilities. The brief includes an overview of SourceDay’s offering, a breakdown of what is comparatively good (and not so good) about the solution, a SWOT analysis and a selection requirements checklist for companies that might consider the provider.

WPS Management (Wescale): Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background and Solution Overview [PRO]

Wescale is the broader “procurement umbrella” and new open business integration platform of WPS Management, a provider that traces its roots to 1997 with the creation of Wallmedien AG, one of the first e-procurement solutions for the SAP environment in Europe. We’re sorry if this sounds confusing (it is). But what matters is that since its founding, Wallmedien AG has managed to grow its core business in e-procurement while also adding additional capabilities through its affiliated businesses and product lines, including WPS4/Procure, Meplato and recently Wescale.

Wescale is the platform through which all WPS Management solutions are integrated. WPS Management (branded as Wescale) has participated in the Spend Matters E-Procurement SolutionMap, competing with specialists such as Vroozi, BuyerQuest, OpusCapita (jCatalog) and others with similar platforms like Basware, Tradeshift and Determine (now Corcentric).

This three-part Spend Matters PRO Vendor Snapshot uses facts and expert analysis from Wescale’s participation in the 2018 SolutionMap to help procurement organizations make informed decisions about the broader umbrella of capabilities this provider offers. An update will be published this summer, based on Wescale’s latest 2019 capabilities.

Part 1 of our analysis provides a company background and detailed solution overview, as well as suggestions for when organizations should consider the Wescale platform. The remainder of this multipart research brief covers product strengths and weaknesses, competitor and SWOT analyses, user selection guides, and insider evaluation and selection considerations.

What the Heck are Companies Buying When They Purchase Accounts Payable Technology?

Spend Matters recently ran two surveys (one to procurement/finance practitioners and one to technology providers) in preparation for the launch of the Spend Matters Accounts Payable Automation SolutionMap later in 2019. Many of our questions focused on how users and providers define the bounds of AP automation solutions since there is often a disconnect even within the vendor community — let alone the user community. Accounts payable technology covers many business areas, so the market for the solutions is confusing. It's hard to compare them apples to apples.

SourceDay Gets $6.5 Million Investment for Its Direct Spend Solution

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Procurement software provider SourceDay on Wednesday announced it has received $6.5 million in Series A funding from three capital venture firms. SourceDay said it has now raised $10.8 million since the 2015 launch of its software-as-a-service cloud platform, which automates direct spend management, purchase order management and supplier collaboration. The provider integrates its solution with ERP systems to reduce manual operations for suppliers and buyers, the statement said. The Austin, Texas-based company plans to focus on product development as well as expand its sales and marketing activity, it said.

AI In Procurement Tomorrow (Part 2): Ninjabots and Augmented Intelligence [PRO]

In this series we are discussing artificial intelligence, with AI touted by many a salesperson. Virtually every vendor is claiming AI, even though it’s a stretch to promote having a fully functioning model. However, if you are willing to settle for “assisted intelligence,” that AI exists today (as per our precursor series that you can read here: AI in Procurement Today, Part 1 and Part 2), and it won't be long before we have the “augmented intelligence” that we are discussing in this series, as some vendors already have limited beta capabilities (that are typically restricted to a subset of categories) in many of these areas. In our last article, we discussed how tomorrow's systems are going to help considerably with overspend protection. In today's article, we'll consider “ninjabots” and dive into invisible buying, automatic buying and automatic opportunity identification.

How to Hack Your ERP and Create Competition for P2P Suite Providers

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Doug Hudgeon, a business automation expert.

P2P software is painful to buy and painful to implement. In order to get the biggest benefit, you need to rip the purchasing spinal cord out of your company and replace it with an end-to-end P2P system. This is a big project, requires a big budget and, if you are going to deliver on the promised benefits, you must have an unwavering commitment to change. Sales cycles are long but, fortunately for P2P vendors, the margins on the deals that do get across the line can be pretty good. But the competitive landscape is about to shift.

6 Ways To Really Mess Up Your AP Automation Project

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Melissa Hendrick, VP of marketing at Yooz North America.

Today, automation technology is one of the inevitable trends for companies wanting to improve their efficiency and agility in a complex economic environment. The reasons are clear: cost reduction, process optimization, data security, regulatory compliance and many more.

If you are considering automating your invoice payment processing workflows in accounts payables, or are already investigating solution providers, your success will be based on following some basic guidelines and avoiding some common pitfalls.

With that in mind, here are some insights to help you identify the pitfalls on your journey to AP automation, combining practical information with a little tongue-in-cheek humor.

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Does Your Internal Procurement Team Really Need to Manage Tail Spend Purchases?

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Spend Matters welcomes this sponsored article from Simfoni. 

Although each individual tail spend purchase category or supplier may seem relatively small and insignificant, when taken as a whole, the combined tail spend purchases of an organization often equal the amount spent with the company’s biggest supplier, or at least one of the top suppliers. For this reason, it is important that tail spend purchases are properly managed to avoid unnecessary costs, wasted man-hours and non-compliance with internal purchasing rules and standards.

RFP Writing for Procurement Solutions – Stop Repeating the Same Mistakes!

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RFXs of all kinds are a way of life for procurement. Buyers write RFPs often, so they should be experts, right? One would certainly hope so for the direct side, or companies would be in trouble – as well as for many indirect categories. However, in our experience, there is at least one glaringly troublesome RFP type where buyers get in the way of themselves – and that is when going to market for procurement software solutions.

The Latest in Hackett’s eProcurement & P2P Efficiency Metrics: PO and Invoice Automation

At Zycus Horizon last month, Richard Waugh led a presentation and discussion (which I’ll cover in a separate series) looking at the provider’s approach to “guided buying” and eProcurement. Sharing the stage was an early customer, The Mentor Network, who spoke about their experience selecting and rolling out the Zycus tool. Richard framed this talk, however, with some of the latest metrics from Hackett Group regarding P2P performance efficiency. Anyone building a business case for new or expanded investment in P2P will find these updated metrics and benchmarks useful to say the least.

Can (and Should) We Eliminate Purchase Orders (POs) Entirely?

Even though I don’t know Tom Linton personally, all of my intelligence sources in the procurement world say that he is one of the best “thinkers” in the business. He has also seen some quite remarkable things that can’t – or at least have not – been discussed, given the competitive advantage his efforts have brought organizations he’s overseen. But Linton is one for sharing ideas as much as possible, especially contrarian ideas, such as eliminating purchase orders (or “POs”) entirely. He introduced the notion in a recent Procurement Leaders post, suggesting the idea came out of the following mandate to his team: “Eliminate work before you automate, automate work before you move it and always make sure you improve outcomes in any given scenario.”

Nipendo: Further Proof of the E-Invoicing Led Platform Transformation

Until late this spring, Nipendo focused entirely on the local Israeli market. But it recently opened offices in the US and is building a North American team. Like Tradeshift, Nipendo is using e-invoicing as the initial “app” or Trojan Horse to introduce what really amounts to a next generation model for connectivity at all tiers of the supply chain and across functional areas and transaction types (as opposed to just facilitating e-invoicing on-boarding and connectivity for indirect spend and related transactions). Nipendo comes off as one of the most engineering-centric organizations we’ve gotten to know in the procurement and network space. They were founded in 2007 in Israel, and the product spent 24 months in development before formally launching. Today, with its regional client base in Israel, they claim over 15,000 organizations fully on-boarded in “less than three years” with an average “290% year over year” growth in network/transaction volume.