Downloads: Procurement Research

E-Signatures and Digital Signatures: 10 Things Procurement Needs to Know

From better contract management and accelerating the flow of the cash cycle to simply boosting productivity, electronic and digital signatures have proven to be a useful tool for procurement organizations. And, as the supply chain — and the rest of the world — continue to move toward a paperless workflow and implement smarter technologies, digital signatures and e-signatures are a natural path or progression for procurement. Bottom line: digital signatures and electronic signatures save time and money. Download this paper to learn more!

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.

Contract Management: Understand How to Focus on the Right Thing

This report is a summary of a webcast by the same name delivered in June, 2015. Alongside Seal Software, we explored how a contract, which is supposed to commercially protect a firm, might have the quite unintended consequences that do just the opposite. This is especially pertinent today, as companies are trying to build better visibility into their supply chains, partners, spending, and underlying contracts. The webcast replay can be viewed here. This quick-hit report summarizes what we found when we dug into some of Apple’s publicly available contract templates. We’ll also comment on results from the real-time polls we conducted during the event, which provides a pulse on where companies actually find themselves in this space (vs. where we think they should be!)

Contract Lifecycle Management 101

This is part 1 in an ongoing series that will primarily focus on procurement-centric CLM in the context of purchasing and supply chain. Where relevant, it will indicate additional sell-side benefits that are offered by a CLM platform and the key capabilities it provides an organization. This iteration covers Contract Lifecycle Management 101.

Ask the Expert: Contract Management Dilemmas – To Trust or Track the Supplier

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Trust only goes so far - but the same can be said for tracking! In this Ask the Expert session, Peter Smith of Spend Matters UK/Europe walks you through how to achieve a proper balance to assure that you're getting what you need from your suppliers - and they don't roll their eyes every time they receive an email or phone call from you.

Sourcing, Contract Management, and Supplier Management Cloud

Spend Matters Perspective - Free Research Download Sourcing, Contract Management, and Supplier Management Cloud – Business Users Benefit From Savings Enablement Thomas Kase, Lead Analyst, Spend Matters The past decade has seen significant reinvention of existing procurement tools focused on decision support and information management. Historically, many companies have relied on manual approaches to sourcing, contract management and supplier management (e.g., fax, email, office) or the installed software capabilities of ERP extensions or other third-party solutions, many with limited capabilities. Over the past decade, a period of punctuated equilibria within procurement technology, cloud models have come to dominate a range […]