Downloads: Procurement Research

Re-thinking and Re-claiming “Tail Spend”

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What's your definition of tail spend? We come across a lot of people who don't think it's very complicated (just some pareto analysis on your spend categories, find the "nuisance" spend, voila!) - but that's a completely ineffective strategy if you can't define what you mean by "tail spend" in the first place. In this paper, Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell explains different types of spend segmentation that you can apply to your own company - whether you define them as "tail spend" or not.

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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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Everything You Wanted to Know About MRO Sourcing But Were Afraid to Ask

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If your procurement organization is applying old techniques to a category where new approaches, options, and technologies can dramatically impact the cost and quality of the MRO experience, then you’re losing out on potentially tens of millions of dollars of savings. The effective sourcing of the most strategic and largest MRO areas requires that procurement organizations invest the time to segment their spend effectively by fully exploring different supplier options and understanding internal preference. This paper offers the strategies and tools to do just that!

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Re-inventing Direct Procurement

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In this report based on a recent study conducted with ISM, we highlight how and where direct procurement organizations are exerting their influence and leadership (or not) on the broader extended supply chain. We also examine the impact on performance, and specifically how more advanced organizations are implementing 11 key supply management activities that transcend traditional direct procurement.

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Re-inventing Direct Procurement

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In this report based on a recent study conducted with ISM, we highlight how and where direct procurement organizations are exerting their influence and leadership (or not) on the broader extended supply chain. We also examine the impact on performance, and specifically how more advanced organizations are implementing 11 key supply management activities that transcend traditional direct procurement.

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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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What Does Usability Really Mean? Making Software Selection Decisions and Getting Behind the Rhetoric

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This Spend Matters “Perspectives” looks at what usability means to different stakeholders and how you can get beyond the increasing hype from software providers.

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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"

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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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Making Sourcing Savings Stick

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Best practice techniques, technologies and general approaches that help procurement teams work with both finance and business stakeholders to set up and manage implementation of savings programs. Examples of how savings implementations can go wrong highlighted to educate about common missteps.

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NEW! Is your Supplier Selection Process a Source of Competitive Disadvantage?

Spend Matters – Free Research Download NEW! Is your Supplier Selection Process a Source of Competitive Disadvantage? Peter Smith, Spend Matters UK/Europe Pre-qualification. Not the most exciting topic in the world is it? And yet we regularly choose suppliers who bring unacceptable risk or fail to deliver to our organisations. Then there are the great suppliers who never make it through to winning our business. Not to mention the cost and time needed for the pre-qualification process. In this Spend Matters Research Paper we describe how pre-qualification can help – or hinder – your efforts to improve procurement performance, and […]

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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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