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Cloud P2P Deployment: A How-To Guide to SAP and ERP Integration with eProcurement and Beyond

It is our hope that CPOs, CFOs, and other senior procurement and finance decision makers that must develop a P2P integration strategy (and program) will find this report invaluable in their efforts. IT and other resources are likely to find useful tidbits as well. At its core, this report doesn’t just look at success criteria for ERP integration. It provides general strategy options for P2P cloud integration as well. The best news? All of this can be way easier than you think. Download to find out how!

Choosing Procurement Technology – Where Maturity Meets Solutions

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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!

Implementation Considerations in Quantifying and Tracking Hard Cost Savings

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“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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Re-inventing Direct Procurement

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In this report based on a recent study conducted with ISM, we highlight how and where direct procurement organizations are exerting their influence and leadership (or not) on the broader extended supply chain. We also examine the impact on performance, and specifically how more advanced organizations are implementing 11 key supply management activities that transcend traditional direct procurement.

10 Negotiation Tactics to Reduce Supplier Network Fees

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Supplier network fees don’t have to get the better of procurement organizations. In fact, there are a number of negotiating tactics and approaches that one can leverage when confronting vendors such as Ariba/SAP, Basware, OB10, Hubwoo, IBX, and TradeShift that are building material books of business off the backs of transaction-based revenue.

Supplier Management ROI: Making a Hard Dollar Business Case

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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.