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.

Supply Risk Management 2015: Best Practices

This 3-part Spend Matters PRO brief, authored by Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell, provides an outlook on how best to manage supply risk programs in 2015. The lessons he presents are based on his experience working with and learning from best practice procurement and supply chain organizations – and academics in the field.

20 Questions to Ask Before Writing an EDI, Supplier Network, or e-Invoicing RFP

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It's difficult to stay on top of the EDI, supplier network, and e-Invoicing tool choices out there. On Spend Matters PRO, we recently published 20 questions that customers should consider as early as possible when choosing this type of tool. Download this research today to understand how to arrive at the larger problem you're trying to solve and go into the product selection process armed and ready to get exactly what you need. This excerpt of Spend Matters PRO content has been made available to the general public by Nipendo. The rest of this research brief is available for Spend Matters PRO members.

Ariba/SAP, Fees and Future Networks

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Ariba has many suppliers paying thousands – sometimes tens of thousands or more – per year to transact across their network with multiple trading partners. This helps offset the cost of their P2P application for buyers, and allows Ariba to compete on price as well as product. Many procurement professionals though, believe that suppliers will factor any additional transaction costs they may incur into their pricing. This research, previously only available to Spend Matters PRO members, looks at the pros and cons of Ariba’s supplier network strategy, exploring what it means for both buyers and suppliers. We also examine some providers who are taking a new approach to supplier network connectivity - and we hope it helps to understand the magnitude of the SAP/Ariba acquisition and how to strategize going forward.

Ariba/SAP, Fees and Future Networks

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Ariba has many suppliers paying thousands – sometimes tens of thousands or more – per year to transact across their network with multiple trading partners. This helps offset the cost of their P2P application for buyers, and allows Ariba to compete on price as well as product. Many procurement professionals though, believe that suppliers will factor any additional transaction costs they may incur into their pricing. This research, previously only available to Spend Matters PRO members, looks at the pros and cons of Ariba’s supplier network strategy, exploring what it means for both buyers and suppliers. We also examine some providers who are taking a new approach to supplier network connectivity - and we hope it helps to understand the magnitude of the SAP/Ariba acquisition and how to strategize going forward.

Can Supplier Management Be Saved? Analysis and Technology Overview

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This paper examines some of the key advantages and recent developments in the field of supplier relationship management. MetalMiner's Lisa Reisman looks at two specific examples from the automotive industry, and then Spend Matters' Jason Busch and Thomas Kase take an in-depth look from at some of the problems companies face when it comes to supplier management - and what they can do to address them.

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.

Supplier Lifecycle Management

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A look at the concept of Supplier Lifecycle Management, which works from the premise that the supplier should be considered as central to procurement activities and processes.

Supplier Management Market Observations

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Explores recent trending in the supplier management market (i.e., supply risk management, supplier performance management, CSR/compliance management, supplier diversity, P2P on-boarding, supplier development and other related areas), including the core supplier management capabilities of SAP. Covers general deployment pitfalls to avoid regardless of which provider you've opted to go with – ERP or otherwise.

Beyond Basic Scorecarding – Supplier Performance & Development

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Examines why supplier scorecarding and vendor management programs often come up short, and tips and tactics for designing and rolling out programs to achieve lasting returns. Two case studies from the field provide recommendations for implementing and enhancing scorecarding and development programs.

Supply Risk Management – Choosing The Right Solutions

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Covers frameworks to help sourcing professionals better examine which categories of provider (e.g., supplier information management/supply base management, spend analysis, etc.) are best suited to tackling types of supply risk and how best to apply. Also discusses many of the providers in different areas of the market to consider.