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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.

Declaration of the New Purchasing: A Buying Manifesto

Be it resolved that the world surrounding the buying of goods is changing faster than transactional purchasing itself. And this, of course, is not sustainable if procurement is to remain influential, relevant and helpful. Change must come, and it must come fast, for procurement organizations that have not yet fully understood nor embraced new buying styles and modes.

Proactive Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) in an Uncertain World

The target audience for this paper is not only internal (brand management, C-level, finance, legal, line of business owners, procurement) but also sales, where SCRM visibility provides an advantage with risk-averse prospects and clients. As for takeaways, we’ll explore SCRM’s potential ROI, including the main drivers to consider when building a business case. This doesn’t just include supply base assurance and brand management - but also immediate hard savings through process efficiency, avoidance and reduction of crisis costs, and insurance premium reductions. What’s not to like about that?

50 Shades of Pay: Giving the Car Keys to Those Who Own the Cars

Business users should be brought in early as part of a spend analysis requirements definition and solution evaluation, but we do find that many procurement organizations hold off until they have built out a reasonably solid-to-spend cube at the line-item level (by supplier, category and cost center) before they really start turning over the keys of the spend analysis tool to the end users for their own inquiries. That's all well and good, but the biggest source of failure in spend analytics is the same source of failure with any type of systems: non-adoption. You want people to use systems? Then you have to hand over the car keys.

This is How Procurement $#it Happens

In a perfect world, enterprises perform good Enterprise Performance Management by forming a great strategy and deploying it to cascade enterprise strategic goals down to line staff so the scorecards are balanced, relevant, aligns, and realistic. The real world is very, very different. Procurement $#hit happens. But in this paper, Pierre Mitchell at least writes about how you can use it as fertilizer.

Technology RFPs: Are You Wasting Time and Money?

This might sound like a bold statement, but sometimes (maybe even most of the time) it just doesn't make sense to go to RFP! Sourcing practitioners might scoff at this, but this paper is worth a download just to read how author Thomas Kase challenges the notion that an RFP is the best path to a successful solution provider selection outcome.

Relationship Counseling for Staffing and Services Procurement – Successful Therapy For Lasting Partnerships

There are many reasons for the uniqueness of the services procurement ecosystem within procurement; this “uniqueness” can vary dramatically by industry and region as well. But a universal theme we’ve observed for years is a significant disconnect between buyers and suppliers — especially between the corporate procurement function and the vendor community (even if the relationship between the non-procurement line of business manager and the vendor is just fine). So how do you bridge the disconnect? Download this paper to find out!

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.

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.

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!

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.