Category Archives: Technology

Is Your Firm Overpaying for High Bandwidth Capacity?

- November 20, 2014 2:30 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Price Forecast, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Avotus Corporation. Avotus Corporation’s data and analysis indicates that procurement professionals can drive savings for their firms via network migrations, which capitalize on both technological evolution and declining prices for broadband services. Dynamic technological changes are driving migration within the classic telecom network to a more simplified and streamlined packet-based architecture. Integrated voice and data networks are now able to drive corporate savings, while simultaneously advancing a more feature-rich and flexible environment.

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Microsoft Unveils User Subscription License for Windows

- November 19, 2014 2:08 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Forrest Silverman, Director of Client Services at NPI, a spend management consultancy focused on eliminating overspending on IT, telecom and shipping. It’s no secret that trends in mobility and BYOD have tested Microsoft’s licensing models. But the vendor appears to be tackling the challenge head on with new options for volume purchasers. Recently, Microsoft announced Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) – a subscription-based, per-user licensing option for its most popular productivity services.

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Accenture Spend Trends Q3 2014 – Summary Analysis

- November 18, 2014 2:23 AM | Categories: Analysis, Commodities, Learning / Research, Spend Analysis, Technology

file6321238876778 The latest Q3 2014 Accenture Spend Trends report is out. My old friend Mark Hillman is the lead author of the quarterly study (Mark is currently manager of insight and analysis at Accenture Operations). This months’ study highlights category trends in a range of areas – logistics, IT, marketing and media, corporate services, travel, CAPEX, commodities/base materials, MRO and energy. It also provides a macro-overview of the current state of the economy.

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Zycus Horizon Dispatch 6 – Dawn Evans on Social Media and Procurement

- November 11, 2014 1:23 PM | Categories: Conferences, Technology

At Zycus Horizon this morning, Dawn Evans woke everyone up (literally) by making us stand up, stretch and then, ironically, turn over or off our smartphones before she started her presentation on social media and procurement. Dawn does a great job relating procurement to the everyday – something I’ve aspired to do personally, but always come up short. By drawing analogies between the rise of Facebook, greater choice in healthcare delivery and other examples, she attempted to shake up the audience that disruptive change is real and we need to be ready.

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Take Control of IT Support Renewal Costs – It’s Worth the Effort

- November 5, 2014 2:18 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Gregg Spivack, Director of Client Services at NPI, a spend management consultancy, focused on eliminating overspending on IT, telecom and shipping. IT support renewals don’t typically get a lot of love. The majority of companies go quietly into the night come renewal time, or enter half-hearted negotiations to get, at most, a 3% cost reduction. Meanwhile, support costs are eating up more and more of the IT budget. So, why aren’t IT and sourcing organizations paying more attention?

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Choosing Procurement Technology That Grows With You

As a procurement practitioner, when you start looking at the portfolio of solutions you have available today, some patterns will likely emerge. First, you’ll have a range of tools in your arsenal. There will be a few painfully obsolete tools that are creaking along (used only by select specialists still able to maneuver them). There will be specific procurement tools (analytics, sourcing, etc.) not used by many. There there will be several mainstream ERP solutions that are used nearly daily by all, and so on. In one of the most important Spend Matters' PRO research briefs published this fall, Thomas Kase, vice president of research, looks at how we have reached the current state of procurement technology and the impact of this technology on people, processes, habits, culture and time.

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Could Proper Procurement Have Saved Apple and GT Advanced?

By now, you’re probably well aware of the Apple and GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) debacle that’s been all over the news headlines. In case you haven’t been following this, GTAT makes sapphire manufacturing equipment and had hoped to also sell some special sapphire glass made from its most advanced equipment to Apple (there’s a cool video here on how the crystal is made). The $578 million exclusive contract was loaded with penalties, namely $50M per incident of any IP violation, and involved a series of milestone payments as production scaled up.

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Top 4 Ways CPOs Will Use Social Media

apple-cup-display-1883-733x550 In Part 1 of this series we looked at the principles of social media, which give an insight into how and why it has been such a phenomenon. Aspects such as the way it enables users to feel a sense of belonging and to share knowledge, information and their passions so quickly and easily, play to ancient human needs. So now let’s look in a more practical manner at the areas where social media tools, or tools that at least use these principles, will increasingly play an important role in the lives of CPOs and indeed all procurement professionals. There are 4 principle areas that we can consider, although there is overlap between them in some cases.

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Clear The Decks! – A Technology Transformation Is On Its Way

- October 28, 2014 2:21 PM | Categories: Cloud, Guest Post, Innovation, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Paul Blake of GEP.In his seminal works of a dystopian near future, William Gibson wrote about mobile computing. In his “Sprawl” stories, the protagonists operate decks built by Hitachi and Suzuki. With the exception of the jargon and the brands, Gibson’s prediction of the laptop bearing an East Asian logo was spot on, as was his conceptualization of the Internet. In 1984 it was fantasy, by 1994 it seemed like prophecy. But by 2014, at least in terms of the tech, the world of “Neuromancer” and “Count Zero” is like a “yesterday that could have been” rather than “a tomorrow that may be.”

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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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