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Ask the Expert: Intellectual Property, Patents & Proprietary Procurement Solutions

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Thomas Kase, VP Research, talks about Ariba’s cache of patents, what they cover, and who might be in violation. He looks at the most recent of Ariba’s 74 patents, in particular those awarded over the past three years – and those published in the same time period but still awaiting decision by the US Patent Office. This session covers ground for both practitioners and providers.

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Applications Unlimited Oracle vs. We Know Best SAP/Ariba

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It's rare for a large ERP/MRP and business applications deal between top enterprise software vendors (Oracle, SAP) to hinge on the competitive capabilities of the procurement suite. Yet with SAP buying Ariba, the importance of direct comparisons between Oracle and SAP will increase in the procurement area for several reasons. In this paper, Jason Busch outlines what you need to know about Oracle and SAP/Ariba's differing outlooks on their individual solution approaches - and why it matters for the future of procurement.

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Procurement Analytics: How to Plan (and Optimize) Your Process

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Since procurement, the department, is responsible for supply management (or spend management, if you like), the process, the proper scope for “analytics” is to help answer the right set of questions surrounding the optimal management of supply. Therefore, the scope of this business process is massive, and so is the breadth of technology used for supply analytics. But the key thing to remember is the analytics is a business capability - not just about technology. This paper, excerpted from our Spend Matters PRO Procurement Information Architecture series, is here to help guide you through the analytics process.

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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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Ask the Expert: Analytics & Analysis: Theory and Practice

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This Ask the Expert session features Spend Matters Netherlands’ Gert van der Heijden on the nebulous topic of spend analysis. Specifically, he’ll answer questions like: what is the current state of technology in this area? What are companies doing (or want to be doing) right now? How can you close the analysis and analytics gap? What are some examples in predictive analytics? What are the best practices (and the worst mistakes)? And finally.. what will the future hold?

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When Sourcing Becomes Supply Chain

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The migration to data-driven analysis as a constant must take place in procurement - and it is happening right now. Sourcing is becoming supply chain. This is an incredible shift that can reshape what strategic procurement can do for organizations of all types, industries, and sizes. By looking at a wide range of criteria and data that encourages options and supplier creativity in the sourcing process, a whole new range of potential supply chain and procurement outcomes emerge. This Spend Matters Perspective introduces readers to three specific case studies where we've seen sourcing become supply chain.

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When Sourcing Becomes Supply Chain

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The migration to data-driven analysis as a constant must take place in procurement - and it is happening right now. Sourcing is becoming supply chain. This is an incredible shift that can reshape what strategic procurement can do for organizations of all types, industries, and sizes. By looking at a wide range of criteria and data that encourages options and supplier creativity in the sourcing process, a whole new range of potential supply chain and procurement outcomes emerge. This Spend Matters Perspective introduces readers to three specific case studies where we've seen sourcing become supply chain.

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Changing Roles of Procurement Leaders – The Analytical CPO

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To succeed in today’s quickly changing business environments, procurement leaders must be increasingly analytical and data-driven. Decisions have to be based on evidence and analysis, not just personal judgment. This paper sets the scene by describing why analysis is at the heart of procurement activity and then moves into seven key areas where success is necessary. We conclude with the skills and capabilities that are necessary to hone - will you measure up? Download now to find out.

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Ariba/SAP, Fees and Future Networks

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Ariba has many suppliers paying thousands – sometimes tens of thousands or more – per year to transact across their network with multiple trading partners. This helps offset the cost of their P2P application for buyers, and allows Ariba to compete on price as well as product. Many procurement professionals though, believe that suppliers will factor any additional transaction costs they may incur into their pricing. This research, previously only available to Spend Matters PRO members, looks at the pros and cons of Ariba’s supplier network strategy, exploring what it means for both buyers and suppliers. We also examine some providers who are taking a new approach to supplier network connectivity - and we hope it helps to understand the magnitude of the SAP/Ariba acquisition and how to strategize going forward.

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Ariba/SAP, Fees and Future Networks

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Ariba has many suppliers paying thousands – sometimes tens of thousands or more – per year to transact across their network with multiple trading partners. This helps offset the cost of their P2P application for buyers, and allows Ariba to compete on price as well as product. Many procurement professionals though, believe that suppliers will factor any additional transaction costs they may incur into their pricing. This research, previously only available to Spend Matters PRO members, looks at the pros and cons of Ariba’s supplier network strategy, exploring what it means for both buyers and suppliers. We also examine some providers who are taking a new approach to supplier network connectivity - and we hope it helps to understand the magnitude of the SAP/Ariba acquisition and how to strategize going forward.

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