Downloads: Procurement Research

Choosing Procurement Technology – Where Maturity Meets Solutions

Today, you're just starting out long your long procurement technology journey. But like any talented procurement person, you're always thinking about the future. In the second of our series on how to invest wisely in procurement technology now that will carry you forward, Thomas Kase talks maturity models and everything that goes along with them. Download today!

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Implementation Considerations in Quantifying and Tracking Hard Cost Savings

“What are cost savings, really?” you may ask yourself. It’s a simple question with a surprisingly complex answer. In this new research download, Pierre Mitchell walks through various ways procurement can lock down hard cost savings in all sorts of areas beyond reducing spend. Download now to learn exactly how to get procurement the credit it deserves.

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Choosing Procurement Technology That Grows With You

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As a procurement practitioner, when you start looking at the portfolio of solutions you have available today, some patterns will likely emerge. First, you’ll have a range of tools in your arsenal. There will be a few painfully obsolete tools that are creaking along. There will be specific procurement tools (analytics, sourcing, etc.) not used by many. There will be several mainstream ERP solutions that are used nearly daily by all. And there will be peripheral tools where the procurement technology waters get murkier. What does this tell us about how we select and use procurement technology and what are the lessons learned? This paper is part of one of the most important parts of a Spend Matters PRO series we’ll publish this fall for companies looking to get more from their solution investments (whether you’re ramping up organized programs for the first time or replacing earlier solutions, it does not matter).

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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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Leapfrog the Competition by Transforming Your Supplier Relationships from Tactical to Strategic

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Doesn't that title make it sound so easy? Don't be fooled: there's hard work in transforming how you engage with your suppliers! This paper will help you better understand how and why organizations are transforming their supplier collaboration practices and provide insight into a more proactive, deliberate collaboration approach to work with your company's supply base.

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Centralise or Devolve Procurement – Why Not Both?

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The debates over centralised and de-centralised procurement, and the linked issue of how much purchasing authority can and should be delegated to end users and budget holders, have been going on for years. In fact, every organisation needs to look at its specific needs, and indeed the right approach may differ across different spend categories. And technology is now helping procurement to square the circle – giving stakeholders real authority, whilst retaining the most important aspects of central control that help procurement drive value and performance. In this Spend Matters briefing paper, you can read about what procurement really needs to control, and how one example of enabling technology is helping procurement functions get this balance right.

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Supply Chains in the Cloud

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Our authors were asked to contribute to Fluor’s Material Market Bulletin on cloud computing, procurement, and supply chain management. They didn’t expect for 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 as a primer on what procurement organizations should know about putting mission-critical procurement applications into the cloud. This Spend Matters PRO content has been made temporarily available for download by GEP.

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Supplier Management ROI: Making a Hard Dollar Business Case

Supplier Management Compass - Free Research Download
This analysis provides a return on investment (ROI) driven approach to building a business case for Supplier Information Management (SIM) systems. It explores several business cases, including Accounts Payable (AP)-focused supplier onboarding and management initiatives, supply risk management, and capturing trade credits with vendors based on AP and supplier invoice data tied to vendor file master information. We later provide ROI elements and some supporting benchmarks for readers to use in building their own customized ROI analyses.

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Procurement Systems Integration Within the Enterprise: Exploring Integration In The Cloud

Spend Matters Perspective - Free Research DownloadFree resource that articulates a business-driven look at the benefits (and challenges) associated with many of the steps in eProcurement and broader P2P systems integration in a cloud environment

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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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Analytics and P2P: Using Spending and Payment Insights

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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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GPOs and Buying Consortiums Must Be on the Radar for 2011-2012

Spend Matters Perspective – Free Research Download GPOs and Buying Consortiums Must Be on the Radar for 2011-2012 Jason Busch, Executive Editor, Spend Matters Purchasing consortiums are rapidly establishing themselves as a vital link in today’s world-class supply chain strategies, used as a powerful tool to significantly drive down costs by supply chain managers in the most effectively run procurement organizations in corporate America. To find out why, Spend Matters, in conjunction with Allianza Partners, has researched the top 10 consortiums in the US. Though the common belief is that smaller businesses benefit most from consortiums, our research shows that very […]

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