Downloads: Procurement Research

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

Spend Matters - Free Research Download
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.

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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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Relocation Services or Mobility Services: What's in a Name?

Spend Matters Perspective - Free Research Download
As part of our continuing series of white papers on often overlooked, but ripe service procurement categories — areas of spend typically held close by HR departments—allow us to introduce yet another candidate: employee mobility services, the category formerly known as relocation services. Although managing mobility services is old hat for medium to large enterprise HR departments, this category is genuinely new to the aggregation scene, so the savings opportunities for the biggest and best organizations remain noteworthy. In fact, we have seen savings that range from 10–30% on every employee move in some organizations.

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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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Balancing Internal and External Service Provision

Spend Matters – Free Research Download Balancing internal and external service provision – key decisions for procurement professionals Peter Smith, Spend Matters UK/Europe In this Spend Matters research paper, we look at two separate but related topics. The first looks at what we believe is a key role for procurement leaders today. That is to optimize the use of resources from both inside and outside the organization, blending them successfully to achieve their goals. We consider the decision process CPOs can use to decide what is best delivered from external sources, and why getting these decisions right can bring big […]

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In Your Backyard and Mine: The Global Labor Challenge

Services Procurement Innovation Compass - Free Research Download
We explore the new era of global sourcing – of talent, specific deliverables, and even business outcomes – along wiht challenges and responsibilities that come along with it. Also looks the importance of cultural norms and localized standards for buying professional services and laborand the worldwide consequences when regional behaviors do not align with global standards and expectations.

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Getting the Most From Analytics and Benchmarking

Services Procurement Innovation Compass - Free Research Download
Explores two key (and often confusing!) services procurement subjects, analytics and benchmark data. Includes actionable and practical use cases on the types of basic reporting capabilities, queries and data sets that VMS providers can support, and more advanced analytical strategies and capabilities.

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The Managed Services Connection — The Evolving Role of MSPs in Services Procurement

Services Spend Compass - Free Research Download
Learn about the procurement / HR MSP connection and other areas factoring into MSP selection including: pricing models and approaches, contingent labor vs. SOW MSP differences, VMS (vendor management system) implications and a shortlist of tier one and tier two MSP providers to consider.

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Making Procurement a Services Spend Ally: Winning over Business Stakeholders

Services Spend Compass - Free Research Download
How to accelerate services program success by building excitement and momentum for your procurement programs. Underlying philosophy — though not the examples — also relevant for procurement organizations seeking to build momentum for their services in general (outside of just services categories).

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Services Spend — Beyond Contingent Labor

Services Spend Compass - Free Research Download
Learn about the non-contingent services opportunities and Spend Matters’ recommendations for achieving increased levels of savings, transparency and supplier performance across a range of categories in this area.

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Selecting Services Procurement Technology – Options, Approaches, and Philosophy

Spend Services Compass - Free Research Download
The most important element of any decision on services procurement technology is the identification of partners that can support the entire buying lifecycle of “live” commodities, ensuring that any platform under consideration takes into account critical aspects of both cost and non-cost-based sourcing and supplier management elements.

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Using Sourcing Intelligence to Combat Commodity Volatility – The Price Index Advantage

Spend Matters Perspective – Free Research Download Using Sourcing Intelligence to Combat Commodity Volatility – The Price Index Advantage Jason Busch, Executive Editor, Spend Matters If you ask just about any business executive in the manufacturing world to reveal their most difficult challenges, chances are that commodity volatility will top the list. At no other time in recent history have we seen so many commodities rise and fall in such a compressed period of time. Thanks in part to flexibly flowing capital in the global investment markets as well as growth patterns in developing economies like China and India, there has […]

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