Downloads: Procurement Research

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.

Re-inventing Direct Procurement

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In this report based on a recent study conducted with ISM, we highlight how and where direct procurement organizations are exerting their influence and leadership (or not) on the broader extended supply chain. We also examine the impact on performance, and specifically how more advanced organizations are implementing 11 key supply management activities that transcend traditional direct procurement.

Indirect Category Sourcing Savings: Fact or Fiction? Delivering Credible Benefits from Sourcing and Category Management Programmes

In this paper, co-authored by Peter Smith (Spend Matters) and Ed Cross, Executive Director, Procurement Services at Xchanging (XPS), we look at why most organisations would benefit from more focus on the area of programme and delivery management, including rigorous benefits tracking and reporting. We also look at "the Vault" – a new tool developed by XPS which combines capability to support effective programme management and governance with rigourous savings tracking and verification.

Ariba Network Price Hike: Plan for Increased Supplier Fees in September 2010

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For suppliers engaged in low-dollar volume and/or high frequency transactions, Ariba's network fee structure can be materially less expensive than competitive fixed fee networks, despite bringing significant value. Yet for suppliers transacting materially large dollar volumes, the economics of the Ariba network may no longer make sense if other options exist (e.g., taking spend offline, using a competitive network, etc.)

Driving Real Value from Multiple Supplier Framework Contracts

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Explains some of the conditions that enable frameworks to deliver a range of benefits to their users, including excellent value for money. Includes the positives and negatives of frameworks, and highlights better results can be obtained.

Getting the Most From Analytics and Benchmarking

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Explores two key (and often confusing!) services procurement subjects, analytics and benchmark data. Includes actionable and practical use cases on the types of basic reporting capabilities, queries and data sets that VMS providers can support, and more advanced analytical strategies and capabilities.

A Foundational Look at P2P Technologies

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Explore the market state of P2P platforms from basic, hosted e-procurement capabilities to broader deployments combining both best-of-breed and ERP technology components. Provides a short list of vendor recommendations in different arenas based on a variety of buying requirements and needs.

Services Spend — Beyond Contingent Labor

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Learn about the non-contingent services opportunities and Spend Matters’ recommendations for achieving increased levels of savings, transparency and supplier performance across a range of categories in this area.