Downloads: Procurement Research

Sourcing VMS and Services Procurement Technology: Don’t Do This!

This Spend Matters research download provides a recommended approach to sourcing MSP, VMS and related technologies and services in a manner that will result in the most comprehensive set of options for procurement organizations, including purchasing a “bundled solution,” which may or may not be best, depending on requirements. We offer both foundational and more advanced sourcing approaches depending on procurement sophistication and relative services spend sophistication. In this first installment, we begin by exploring some of the challenges associated with relying solely on an MSP to make technology decisions for a client.

Use Cases of E-Signatures and Digital Signatures in Procurement and the Supply Chain

E-signatures and digital signatures are a rapidly growing sub-segment of the procurement and broader enterprise technology market. The numbers are truly off the charts. According to industry research, the segment experienced 48% growth in 2011, and an average of 53% annual growth in 2012 and 2013. Forrester estimates there will be 700 million e-signature transactions by 2017. There is no doubt that the growth will continue in this market at breakneck pace for at least the next few years. But where do e-signatures and digital signatures fit into e-procurement, beyond simply replacing handwritten signatures on the contract paper? This Spend Matters PRO research brief provides examples and use cases where these solutions can play a critical role supporting end-to-end source-to-pay (S2P) and related procurement processes.

What Do Procurement People Do All Day? (And What Should They Do?)

Organizations as well as individuals should absolutely think about what they do all day, and then compare it to the allocation of what they should be doing all day. Being disciplined about what holds value for you (and your stakeholder) and then measuring and managing (including building capabilities to achieve those measures) to that is a foundational competency that is often overlooked!

Supercharging Category Management: Free Yourself from Siloed Sourcing to Unlock Breakthrough Value

By framing categories holistically and flexibly you can find new ways to model and manage supply markets to extract more value out of the supply chain. Supply markets are constantly changing and innovating, and so must your approach in managing supply. Off-the-shelf market intelligence reports and category strategies developed years ago will not likely give you a big boost. As such, you must look at category management as a living, breathing thing. It is both an art and a science. This ebook can only give you a broader palette of colors and some methods and tools to consider.

How to Keep Your P2P Implementation Project From Turning Into a Nightmare

There is no one-size-fits-all P2P implementation strategy, but the tactical advice we provide in this download is crucial to consider for success. You may have to bend the points to fit your organization’s needs, but if you follow these best practices, you will avoid a lot of the nightmare scenarios we've heard about from our readers.

How to Wring Every Bit of Value Out of Spend Data

In this introductory analysis, we begin our exploration of how to wring every bit of value out of spend data. From basic Accounts Payable (A/P) spend analysis by supplier to more advanced topics, this is definitely the place to get started.

Full Value Buying: Moving Beyond Price Negotiation

We look at range of procurement mechanisms that can drive better value, and then consider two aspects in more detail – demand management and specification – which can drive far greater benefits than a pure price focus!