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A Procurement Transformation Cookbook: Part 1 – Creating the Value Menu [Plus+]

The intent of this series is to provide a cookbook of sorts around some basic counsel on procurement transformation. It is by no means a replacement for the high-impact and high-IP value that many procurement services bring as accelerants to a procurement transformation. We'll frame the piece as a series of questions. There’s even a chance we might put this into a flowchart someday (resulting in some truly impressive home décor, perhaps?). Anyway, here are some initial diagnostic questions to ask as you look to run and transform procurement.

Exploring E2open – Digging Into the (Next Likely) Public Procurement/Supply Chain Vendor (Part 1) [Plus+]

E2open is getting closer and closer to becoming a public company. It recently filed its amended S1 document (a critical step in the path to an initial public offering). But more important for Spend Matters readers is what E2open actually does. In our view, the vendor provides a critical linkage between procurement organizations and suppliers (including vendors at multiple tiers of the supply chain) and delivers in many ways the type of connectivity and visibility for the direct supply chain that Ariba provides for the indirect.

Oracle Fusion Procurement: Building Out From a New Nucleus (Part 2) [Plus+]

Oracle Fusion Sourcing is a module that would never win in a head-to-head feature/function bake-off in today’s market. Yet the way it shows in practice and some of the broader Fusion suite capabilities built into it (e.g., broader analytics) are likely to make it potentially appealing to companies that previously did not consider Oracle as a serious sourcing option. Oracle Fusion Sourcing, especially when combined with Oracle Fusion Procurement Contracts and the basic supplier management capability that’s included will be particularly appealing for control-freak CPOs that have adopted a center-led approach to broader supplier engagement, negotiation and management but where decentralized execution remains rampant.