Category Archives: Technology

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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Computer Prices Continue Their Inexorable Decline

- October 23, 2014 2:19 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from IHS. Average selling prices (ASPs) in all categories of computers are expected to slip over the next several years, even as the qualities of the computers continues to rise – faster processors, more memory, more storage. ASPs for personal computers including desktops, laptops and entry-level servers are expected to average a 0.7% drop in 2014 and 2015, while enterprise servers are forecast to decline 1.9% each year on average during that period.

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Are You Overspending on BYOD Stipends?

- October 22, 2014 2:08 PM | Categories: Best Practice, Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from NPI. The growth of BYOD is slowing and may have already peaked, according to some industry experts. Earlier this year, the Yankee Group reported the percentage of enterprises with 1,000 employees or more that allowed them to use their own mobile devices peaked at 81% in Q2 2012. Over the past 2 years, the percentage has dropped by double digits.

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Thinking Through Event Size Limits – Courtesy of a Sourcing Optimization Guru (Part 1)

- October 22, 2014 6:48 AM | Categories: Sourcing, Supply Chain, Technology

1368590906514fn When I worked at FreeMarkets in the early days before the advent of self-service sourcing tools, we used to think events with over 500 line items (grouped into half a dozen or so lots) were large. The items and the groups we lotted them into were generally part of the same category or families. At the time (15 years ago), we were using sourcing technology that was incredibly rudimentary compared with the power of tools that are available today that leverage the ability to conflict different bids from suppliers based on flexible submission capability. Moreover, bids can now cascade across different supply chain elements including raw material costs/requirements, transportation costs, value added steps, etc., and we can bring them together in a common event. It raises the question: How big is too big for an event?

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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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Cracked, Scratched and Even Dunked: Why BYODD (Bring Your Own Damaged Device) is Now the Norm

- October 17, 2014 2:19 PM | Categories: Best Practice, Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post by David C. Wyld of Southeastern Louisiana University. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is certainly one of the megatrends of IT today. The stats on the degree to which most of us are merging the personal and work use of all of our smart gizmos - our smartphones, our tablets and our laptops are truly amazing. Gartner has recently forecast that by 2017, half of all employers will no longer provide mobile devices to their employees, but rely instead on BYOD. Where is all this leading?

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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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Global Market and Future Goals: BravoSolution’s New CEO Speaks Out – The Spend Matters Interview (Part 3)

- October 9, 2014 2:49 AM | Categories: Spend Management, Supply Management, Technology

13900884393bkpr-1 Jim Wetekamp, BravoSolution’s recently appointed CEO, is no stranger to the depths of procurement solutions and technology. Jason Busch, Spend Matters founder and managing director, first got his taste of Jim’s handiwork when he was working for a competitor to FreeMarkets, Atlas Commerce, which was acquired by VerticalNet. Jim has since focused on a variety of solution and commercial areas as that original entity morphed into something that would have been difficult to imagine at the time of the original analyst research into the procurement market. In this three-part interview series, Jason and Peter Smith, managing director of Spend Matters UK/Europe, delve into Jim’s and BravoSolution’s current focus in global markets and its future plans.

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Expanding Into Upstream Supply Management: BravoSolution’s New CEO Speaks Out – The Spend Matters Interview (Part 2)

- October 8, 2014 10:02 AM | Categories: Spend Management, Supply Management, Technology

1410735813pl8ep Jason Busch, founder and managing director of Spend Matters, has known BravoSolution’s new CEO Jim Wetekamp for nearly 15 years, meeting around the time when they both first entered the procurement market. In this three-part interview series, Jason, along with Peter Smith, managing director of Spend Matters UK/Europe, quiz Jim on his background and discusses BravoSolution’s current position in the market and it’s ambitions. Also see Part 1 of the interview as well.   Spend Matters: What is the largest solutions-focused opportunity for BravoSolution today? Jim Wetekamp: This very much depends upon a market-by-market case since each region is different. However, […]

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BravoSolution’s New CEO Speaks Out – The Spend Matters Interview (Part 1)

- October 7, 2014 10:54 AM | Categories: Spend Management, Supply Management, Technology

file000489793623 Spend Matters Founder and Managing Director Jason Busch recently sat down with BravoSolution’s new CEO Jim Wetekamp at his office in Chicago. Peter Smith, managing director of Spend Matters UK/Europe, was also part of the discussion via teleconference. In this three-part series, Jason and Peter asked Jim to provide some insight on his background for our readers, where he sees BravoSolution today and opportunities for the future. Enjoy!

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