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Customizing Your Supply Chain: Why, How, and “The Culture of Me”

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Spend Matters Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell has previously mentioned the notion of mass customization in the supply chain, discussing the impact on the supply base and procurement itself. This includes a redesign of the needed resources (i.e. services and IT systems underneath). This paper, originally published on Spend Matters Plus, dives a little deeper into the various mechanics of this, giving some real-life examples around how and why customization is becoming necessary.

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Customizing Your Supply Chain: Why, How, and “The Culture of Me”

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Spend Matters Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell has previously mentioned the notion of mass customization in the supply chain, discussing the impact on the supply base and procurement itself. This includes a redesign of the needed resources (i.e. services and IT systems underneath). This paper, originally published on Spend Matters Plus, dives a little deeper into the various mechanics of this, giving some real-life examples around how and why customization is becoming necessary.

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Metadata Explained: What it Means for Spend Analytics, Supply Risk, Supplier Performance, and More

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In procurement, especially in areas of risk management, the opportunity to develop additional value from metadata analysis is enticing. Sure, it requires a bit of initial programming and possibly some hardware to really massage the data, but after that there’s really no variable cost associated with this. The benefits can be tremendous – done right, this will be the most power risk analysis and opportunity assessment approach supply chain has ever seen. This paper illustrates some practical ideas regarding the benefits.

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Supply Chains in the Cloud

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Our authors were asked to contribute to Fluor’s Material Market Bulletin on cloud computing, procurement, and supply chain management. They didn’t expect for the end result to be an entire book chapter on the subject, now called Supply Chain in the Cloud. It’s so rich in content and expertise that we decided to turn it into a research download as a primer on what procurement organizations should know about putting mission-critical procurement applications into the cloud. This Spend Matters PRO content has been made temporarily available for download by GEP.

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Beyond the Basics: Using Spend Visibility

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Learn ways to drive entirely new levels of savings and compliance through spend analysis. We walk through the basics that all spend analysis systems should enable, explain how the spend analysis paradigm is changing with new technology, and cover the four new types of capabilities and approaches that spend analysis can bring.

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Approaches to Minimizing Commodity Volatility

Next Level Sourcing and Commodity Management – Reseach Download Minimizing Commodity Volatility Through Advanced Commodity Management and Hedging Approaches By Jason Busch and Lisa Reisman (with additional commentary from Brad Clark, FIS Senior Derivatives Broker) Effective commodity management often requires an entirely new approach to thinking and engaging suppliers. Yet it’s something that procurement organizations across the discrete manufacturing, food, CPG and energy markets must increasingly master if they’re to deliver the type of value that management teams are expecting. In contrast, successfully reducing maverick buying and improving spend compliance, while valuable, represents a fraction of the type of potential […]

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Advanced Sourcing to Broaden a Portfolio

Next Level Sourcing and Commodity Management – Research Download Advanced Sourcing Technologies and Platforms to Broaden a Portfolio Jason Busch, Executive Editor, Spend Matters Julius Caesar’s role in transforming the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire was not simply a matter of timing. Caesar’s use of advanced technology and superior tactics in his invasion of Gaul (most of modern-day France and Germany), as well as his brazen ability to quickly learn from mistakes (e.g., his failed first invasion of modern-day England), helped to assure his place in Roman and military history. Moreover, Caesar’s capacity to swiftly adapt to his environment […]

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