Downloads: Procurement Research

Smart Spend Compliance: Using Spend Analytics to Reduce the Cost and Risk of Non-Compliance

This paper won’t dive into the mechanics of spend analytics related to identifying potential savings from strategic sourcing (e.g., reduced pricing via competitive bidding to aggregate spending to preferred suppliers). Instead, we will focus on how firms can expand their spend analytics to identify and fix non-compliance scenarios that cost real money and introduce real business risk.

Total Talent Management and the Contingent Workforce Paradox

Organisations realize they must consider the contingent workforce similarly to how they manage internal staff — in the search for talent, in managing performance and even in retention or exit. At the same time, the contingent workforce is different, and thus requires different processes and management, from the permanent group. The current regulatory environment, while not the only driver, means that governments will increasingly require careful management of the contingent workforce if organisations are to stay within the law and avoid reputational and financial risk.

Cloud P2P Deployment: A How-To Guide to SAP and ERP Integration with eProcurement and Beyond

It is our hope that CPOs, CFOs, and other senior procurement and finance decision makers that must develop a P2P integration strategy (and program) will find this report invaluable in their efforts. IT and other resources are likely to find useful tidbits as well. At its core, this report doesn’t just look at success criteria for ERP integration. It provides general strategy options for P2P cloud integration as well. The best news? All of this can be way easier than you think. Download to find out how!

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.

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.

Ariba/SAP, Fees and Future Networks

Spend Matters - Free Research Download
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.

Conflict Minerals Compliance

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Spend Matters and MetalMiner held an event earlier this year: Conflict Minerals EDGE. It drew over 50 senior practitioners from all areas of the Conflict Minerals supply chain – large OEMs, tier one suppliers, distributors, attorneys, and consultants. The various sessions brought much debate on the topic, but a number of topics stood out. This paper covers what larger organizations are already doing to tackle Conflict Minerals compliance and our own technology recommendations.

10 Negotiation Tactics to Reduce Supplier Network Fees

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Supplier network fees don’t have to get the better of procurement organizations. In fact, there are a number of negotiating tactics and approaches that one can leverage when confronting vendors such as Ariba/SAP, Basware, OB10, Hubwoo, IBX, and TradeShift that are building material books of business off the backs of transaction-based revenue.

Supplier Management ROI: Making a Hard Dollar Business Case

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This analysis provides a return on investment (ROI) driven approach to building a business case for Supplier Information Management (SIM) systems. It explores several business cases, including Accounts Payable (AP)-focused supplier onboarding and management initiatives, supply risk management, and capturing trade credits with vendors based on AP and supplier invoice data tied to vendor file master information. We later provide ROI elements and some supporting benchmarks for readers to use in building their own customized ROI analyses.