Downloads: Procurement Research

Indirect Category Sourcing Savings: Fact or Fiction? Delivering Credible Benefits from Sourcing and Category Management Programmes

In this paper, co-authored by Peter Smith (Spend Matters) and Ed Cross, Executive Director, Procurement Services at Xchanging (XPS), we look at why most organisations would benefit from more focus on the area of programme and delivery management, including rigorous benefits tracking and reporting. We also look at "the Vault" – a new tool developed by XPS which combines capability to support effective programme management and governance with rigourous savings tracking and verification.

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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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In Your Backyard and Mine: The Global Labor Challenge

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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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A Foundational Look at P2P Technologies

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Explore the market state of P2P platforms from basic, hosted e-procurement capabilities to broader deployments combining both best-of-breed and ERP technology components. Provides a short list of vendor recommendations in different arenas based on a variety of buying requirements and needs.

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The Future of Procurement Analytics and Content

Analytics & Spend Visibility Compass - Free Research Download
This paper presents three experiential scenarios that we hope will provide companies with distinct visions for what advanced procurement analytics can enable using off-the-shelf capabilities today.

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Analytics and P2P: Using Spending and Payment Insights

Analytics & Spend Visibility Compass - Free Research Download
Spend Matters research suggests that the most powerful approach in defining an ideal future transactional buying and P2P state comes not from what we’ve expected to achieve in the past, but what we can challenge ourselves to quantify, benchmark, define and measure in the future. Put another way, rather than simply implement P2P (e.g., eProcurement, EIPP, T&E, etc.) systems and related analytical tools to pursue and measure the previously bulleted activities, organizations should first understand both what’s possible from a quantitative improvement standpoint and where they are today.This Spend Matters analysis provides both tactical direction for understanding P2P savings and working capital management strategies both broadly and on a category basis as well as expert benchmarks to help companies get more from their efforts.

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Services Spend — Beyond Contingent Labor

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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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Spend Analysis – Making Quantum Leaps: Exploring the Realm of Possibility and Savings

Spend Analysis – Making Quantum Leaps: Exploring the Realm of Possibility and Savings with Three New Strategies Jason Busch, Managing Director, Research, Spend Matters Over time – sometimes over very short periods – technology markets trend toward a combination of consolidation, sameness and then, eventual and sometimes radical evolution. Consider how Cisco went from purchasing the hot new low-cost consumer camcorder company, Flip, to closing down the business unit that acquired it, all within a span of less than five years. Yet enterprise software and BI is often far more staid – with life spans measured in human rather than […]

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