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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.

Understanding How E-Invoicing Fits

For some, an invoice is a piece of paper sent by a supplier to a customer with varying amounts of detail about services performed or items purchased or to be purchased, along with other details including mailing and remittance information, the maturity date of the invoice and the conditions, such as penalties, if the maturity date is not met. But in practice, an invoice is much, much more...

Guided Buying: Making P2P Consumerized and Compliant

Rote “drive-by sourcing” events and a resultant contract thrown over the wall into a poorly designed and automated P2P process/system doesn’t make for the best buying experience. Requisitioners who are not able to easily find what they’re looking for (and then get hand-slapped when they bypass preferred vendors) are not exactly going to have a delightful experience with procurement’s designed buying process. Let’s make it easy. Here’s how.

Ask the Expert: The State of Trade Financing Technologies

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Jason Busch and David Gustin talk trade financing news and technology in this Ask the Expert session. They dissect the market, giving a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes action with solution providers, what companies are partnering up and discuss integration efforts with P2P, services procurement and other areas.

10 Reasons Why 2015 Will Be A Banner Year For Invoice Discounting

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Let’s talk about receivables financing that isn’t buyer-led, aka, a low 10-digit opportunity of a pie to be split by buyers and suppliers. A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about some real money. And where there’s money to be made, you will see money coming in (e.g., from private equity players) to get a sweet slice of that pie. This paper gives 10 reasons around the how and why, so download today.

50 Shades of Pay: Working Capital Optimization Using Spend Analysis and Payment Clocks

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If you haven't been reading Pierre Mitchell's "50 Shades of Pay" content, then you've been missing out. Over the next few months, we'll be pulling bits and pieces of especially important content from the series from behind the paywall and making them available for general download. This paper focuses on setting your "payment clock" - that's right - the 'perfect order' goes well beyond fulfilling the right quantities, on time, with the right invoice information. Read on for more!

Spend Analytics, Payment Analytics: The Gateway to Gold in Them Thar Hills

Traditional approaches to spend analytics go deep by focusing on cost and price. Yet by going so deep – especially with more advanced queries – procurement might be missing out on a potentially bigger, easier and more consistent prize that is easier to obtain and keeps “paying back” versus simply driving one-time savings opportunities. Might there be potentially better (or at least supplementary) information sets to start with that focus more on the AP and treasury side of the P2P house rather than procurement alone? Read this paper to find out!

Procurement is from Mars and Finance is from Jupiter: How to Align Planets

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There is no Venus here (that's a paper for another day on working with Marketing). Mars might be the god of war and mighty in his own right – ready to battle any time with a combative supplier or recalcitrant internal stakeholder. But Jupiter is the king of gods: large, distant, cold, foreboding. These gods might seem similar, and in the business world, Procurement and Finance should in theory be highly aligned and focused on cost management, risk mitigation, quantitative analysis, and other areas. But how do you make it work, sans self-help book from the early 1990's? That's where we step in.

How to Justify Spend Analysis to Finance / IT When There’s No Clear ROI

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Analytics are all the rage. And spend analysis is Procurement 101. So, getting some reasonable investment shouldn't be a problem, right? Wrong. The problem with analytics is that the identified value is all “option value.” You don't know how much value opportunity you will uncover with the analytics until you actually perform them (and implement the identified opportunities)! This article, which previously appeared on Spend Matters PRO, gives you ten ways to overcome this Catch-22 problem.

​Ask the Expert: B2B Commerce Networks Enter the Supply Chain Finance Space

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In the last few months, there have been several announcements that companies are attempting to bridge the financing/banking and eProcurement, e-invoicing, purchase-to-pay, and supplier network worlds – Mastercard/Basware, Tungsten/OB10, Tradeshift/CapitalAid, Ariba/Discover, and Taulia with Citibank to name a few. These networks think they’re onto something big. What are these partnerships thinking, and how will they impact the traditional trade product sets – bank lines, factoring, invoice discounting, etc.? David Gustin of Trade Financing Matters tackles all this (and much more) on this session.