Downloads: Procurement Research

Sourcing VMS and Services Procurement Technology: Don’t Do This!

This Spend Matters research download provides a recommended approach to sourcing MSP, VMS and related technologies and services in a manner that will result in the most comprehensive set of options for procurement organizations, including purchasing a “bundled solution,” which may or may not be best, depending on requirements. We offer both foundational and more advanced sourcing approaches depending on procurement sophistication and relative services spend sophistication. In this first installment, we begin by exploring some of the challenges associated with relying solely on an MSP to make technology decisions for a client.

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.

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.

Services Procurement History: Staffing Firm Dominance Faces a Challenge

The history and growth of the US staffing market reflects many of the overall economic, technology and political trends of the last century. Increasing skills specialization in highly targeted areas (and the demand for such skills), the ending of the traditional “life employment contract” between worker/company, the embrace of greater variability in corporate cost structures and the need to “flex” to meet demand-driven requirements all contributed – along with a host of other inputs – to a staffing market that would ultimately represent approximately 2% of the labor workforce. Yet new trends appear to be favoring alternative models to staffing for contingent (non-employee) workers. What do these trends mean, and where are they taking this market segment today? Find out in this free download.

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!

Procurement Consultants: Sourcing, Implementation, and How to Get the “A” Team

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Over the years, we've come to realize what a significant disconnect there is between those on the inside of the consulting world and those who buy services, especially in the operations and procurement areas. If you're looking to hire Mr. T in this regard, we unfortunately can't help you. But we can tell you how to get the most out of a consulting team.

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.