Downloads: Procurement Research

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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Procurement Analytics: How to Plan (and Optimize) Your Process

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Since procurement, the department, is responsible for supply management (or spend management, if you like), the process, the proper scope for “analytics” is to help answer the right set of questions surrounding the optimal management of supply. Therefore, the scope of this business process is massive, and so is the breadth of technology used for supply analytics. But the key thing to remember is the analytics is a business capability - not just about technology. This paper, excerpted from our Spend Matters PRO Procurement Information Architecture series, is here to help guide you through the analytics process.

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Customizing Your Supply Chain: Why, How, and “The Culture of Me”

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Spend Matters Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell has previously mentioned the notion of mass customization in the supply chain, discussing the impact on the supply base and procurement itself. This includes a redesign of the needed resources (i.e. services and IT systems underneath). This paper, originally published on Spend Matters Plus, dives a little deeper into the various mechanics of this, giving some real-life examples around how and why customization is becoming necessary.

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Customizing Your Supply Chain: Why, How, and “The Culture of Me”

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Spend Matters Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell has previously mentioned the notion of mass customization in the supply chain, discussing the impact on the supply base and procurement itself. This includes a redesign of the needed resources (i.e. services and IT systems underneath). This paper, originally published on Spend Matters Plus, dives a little deeper into the various mechanics of this, giving some real-life examples around how and why customization is becoming necessary.

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Metadata Explained: What it Means for Spend Analytics, Supply Risk, Supplier Performance, and More

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In procurement, especially in areas of risk management, the opportunity to develop additional value from metadata analysis is enticing. Sure, it requires a bit of initial programming and possibly some hardware to really massage the data, but after that there’s really no variable cost associated with this. The benefits can be tremendous – done right, this will be the most power risk analysis and opportunity assessment approach supply chain has ever seen. This paper illustrates some practical ideas regarding the benefits.

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When Sourcing Becomes Supply Chain

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The migration to data-driven analysis as a constant must take place in procurement - and it is happening right now. Sourcing is becoming supply chain. This is an incredible shift that can reshape what strategic procurement can do for organizations of all types, industries, and sizes. By looking at a wide range of criteria and data that encourages options and supplier creativity in the sourcing process, a whole new range of potential supply chain and procurement outcomes emerge. This Spend Matters Perspective introduces readers to three specific case studies where we've seen sourcing become supply chain.

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When Sourcing Becomes Supply Chain

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The migration to data-driven analysis as a constant must take place in procurement - and it is happening right now. Sourcing is becoming supply chain. This is an incredible shift that can reshape what strategic procurement can do for organizations of all types, industries, and sizes. By looking at a wide range of criteria and data that encourages options and supplier creativity in the sourcing process, a whole new range of potential supply chain and procurement outcomes emerge. This Spend Matters Perspective introduces readers to three specific case studies where we've seen sourcing become supply chain.

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Managing Complex Categories; Beware the Complexity of Standardisation!

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Standardisation is rightly a seen as a key tool to drive CatMan benefits – but it needs to be approached carefully, particularly for complex categories. We explain how to avoid the main traps.

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Contract Management: Making the business case for investment (part 3) – Identifying Opportunities

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In the final part of this series, we look at the risks that can be mitigated through effective contract management, and pull together final thoughts on the topic.

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Supply Chains in the Cloud

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Our recent contribution to Fluor's Material Market Bulletin on cloud computing, procurement, and supply chain management. We didn't expect the end result to be an entire book chapter on the subject, now called Supply Chain in the Cloud. It's so rich in content and expertise that we decided to turn it into a research download for Spend Matters Plus/PRO members as a primer on what procurement organizations should know about putting mission-critical procurement applications into the cloud.

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VMS and Services Procurement M&A: Customer Tips and Tactics

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Spend Matters believes that there’s a 90% chance that one of the top vendor management system (VMS) players in the market (Fieldglass, IQNavigator, or Beeline) will be acquired within the next year. It's important for customers and competitors to know how to properly prepare for acquisition activity in the services procurement sector. This paper offers actionable tips and strategies to help procurement professionals get smart, with generic software and VMS-specific tips.

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Cutting Through Vendor Noise – Applications vs. Networks vs. Platforms

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Do you pay enough attention to how all of your various procurement systems work together? At Spend Matters, we've discussed the importance of designing procurement architecture systems (master data management, analytics, workflow, portal infrastructure, etc.) in a way to reframe overall information capabilities beyond the traditional provider-led "module-menu" approach.

This research highlights how certain products can be combined and deployed for the best results, and attempts to offer some clarity around the extremely confusing nomenclature the market has become mired in. So whether it's network or cloud or platform - we've got you covered.

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