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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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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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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.

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Contract Management – Making the business case for investment

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In the first of a three part series, we look at why procurement should be pushing their organisations to invest in contract management, and the principals behind writing a convincing business case.

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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.

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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.

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A P2P Implementation Guide: Avoid the "Dumb Ways to Die"

P2P and Working Capital Compass - Free Research Download
While we may chuckle as our children sing along to the catchy YouTube sensation Dumb Ways to Die, we should think about the lessons learned from thinking ahead and taking extra precautions when it comes to eProcurement. Find out the steps to take BEFORE an implementation to maximize your savings.

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ERP Providers Compared to Independent Vendors

Next Level Sourcing and Commodity Management Compass - Research Download
cover imageFor us, the fundamental question that should come before all others when considering ERP provider tools from vendors (i.e., SAP, Oracle, and Ariba) is whether or not the primary purpose will be to focus on driving better sourcing and purchasing outcomes or impacting the business in different ways beyond procurement.

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Overcoming Challenges of Project – & SOW-based Solutions – Part 1

Services Procurement Innovation Compass - Free Research Download
Explore today’s SOW-based adoption patterns, starting with how the environment is changing. Also covers SOW suggestions for overcoming adoption, collaboration and process hurdles in adopting these services procurement platforms and enabling third-party management services

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Webinar Slides: Quantifying Supplier Management Returns

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A look at working capital as one of the benefits of supplier management, and a case study example of how Boston University deployed a dynamic supplier information management system that pushed the responsibility for data quality back to the source-the suppliers. Presented by Jason Busch and Richard Stack.

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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.)

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