This year, I’ve spent what feels like about half my time working “around” the money side of this sector with a range of individuals, private firms and providers evaluating, making or exiting investments or engaged in M&A activity. To say there is significant transaction activity would be an understatement – especially comparing the number of deals that actually “get done” to those that are investigated on a cursory level or ultimately go down a busy path and never end up getting consummated.more ▸
Exploring MBO Partners – Putting the Freelancer First to Capture Contingent Spend Beyond Staffing [PRO]
In this two-part Spend Matters PRO research brief, Jason Busch, founder and managing director of Spend Matters, explores MBO Partners in detail. We will be offering a look at how the provider has historically worked with the independent consultant and small firm supply community and how it is ramping up its efforts to serve the other half of this freelancer equation – corporations themselves consuming these services themselves. The analysis covers MBO’s scope of services and technology capability, solution roadmap, fee/pricing models and value added services offered to buyers and suppliers – and how MBO fits in the VMS and broader services procurement technology ecosystem.more ▸
Invoice discounting is about to hit the afterburner with significant program acceleration inside existing accounts as well as new program implementation and adoption in 2015. In the second installment of this two-part Spend Matters PRO research brief, Jason Busch, founder and managing director, Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer and managing director along with David Gustin, managing director of Trade Financing Matters, explore 10 reasons for this growth. Part 1 of this series included reasons 1-5. In Part 2, we cover reasons 6-10.more ▸
10 Reasons Why 2015 Will be the Year Invoice Discounting Growth Hits an Inflection Point (Part 1) [PRO]
There. We’ve put a date on it. 2015 will be the year invoice discounting growth hits a true inflection point with many procurement and A/P organizations finally moving away from poorly managed static payment terms. What type of growth are we talking about? At Spend Matters, we would argue that from a relative dollar standpoint (i.e., discounts captured based on dollars advanced early to suppliers), we will see in excess of 25% growth from programs in 2015 within the Global 2000. There are many elements coming together to create what we view will be a banner year in 2015 for invoice discounting. In this two-part Spend Matters PRO research brief, Founder and Managing Director Jason Busch, Chief Research Officer and Managing Director Pierre Mitchell along with Managing Director of Trade Financing Matters David Gustin explore 10 of them.more ▸
Invoice Discounting Programs and Supplier Uptake: Exploring Behaviors of 3,800 Surveyed Suppliers on the Taulia Network (Part 1) [PRO]
The adoption of both e-invoicing and invoice discounting programs is still very much in its infancy. Good data is difficult to find when it comes to the following types of questions: With what frequency do suppliers log on to portals designed to provide invoice approval and related information? What types of suppliers are most likely to take a discount? At Taulia’s recent customer event, Spend Matters learned the results of actual data answering these types of questions (and many more) based on the practices and survey responses of more than 3,800 suppliers. In this two-part Spend Matters PRO research brief, we share the highlights of what suppliers on the Taulia network can teach us to maximize invoice discounting and e-invoicing adoption. The findings are fascinating, surprising (in many cases) and pragmatic in helping us build more effective P2P, invoice discounting and trade financing programs.more ▸
50 Shades of Pay: Shade 6 – Working Capital Optimization Using Spend Analysis and Payment Clocks [Plus +]
In the last installment of our 50 Shades series, we discussed the importance and value of mining the transactions that disburse cash to suppliers. We also discussed the “perfect invoice” to support the frequently used metric of the “perfect order” (i.e., right product in right quantity at right quality levels at right place and time – with the right invoice information), and how the transactional analysis part of spend analysis can help analyze this. But, what makes an order perfect? From a payments standpoint, is it just paying on time with accurate information? What about the ability to improve working capital and/or lend money to your suppliers in the form of early pay discounts (and/or supply chain finance)? Whatever your answer is, you’re going to need an accurate payment due date.more ▸
Last week, in the first installment of this Spend Matters PRO update on Verian, one of a small group of dominant P2P players in the North American middle market today, our analysis explored the technology provider’s progress in the market, including the latest on the firm by the numbers and its overall transition to a SaaS business model. We also provided a checklist to help organizations assess whether Verian is a good fit for their specific P2P needs. As our analysis continues today, Jason Busch, Managing Director, Spend Matters, turns his attention to the highlights of Verian’s latest release – Version 14. In the final installment, we will share additional industry-specific scenarios Verian can enable and provide a comparative analysis with Coupa in a chart to help companies begin to understand how these two providers are really approaching P2P from the opposite ends of the spectrum, yet at least in some cases are targeting a similar market – and, of course, which types of organizations are most likely to gravitate to one provider or the other.more ▸
It’s not every day that a tech analyst gets to South Carolina (except those focused on agricultural yield improvements or manufacturing). But last week, after a meeting in Charlotte, I had the chance to drive down to Verian’s headquarters (for the first time) to meet with the management team. It was time well invested, and I thought of an interesting metaphor that helps to better understand the provider while making the trip through back roads and farmland to Verian’s modern headquarters – still considered to be in the Charlotte, North Carolina, metro area. In this Spend Matters PRO analysis, Managing Director Jason Busch provides an update on Verian, including what types of procurement and AP organizations should shortlist this provider, as well as the back roads they have to building out capability that continues to delight and surprise in a manner as impressive as – but truly different than – Coupa.more ▸
In this introductory analysis, we begin our exploration of how to wring every bit of value out of spend data. At every level or ‘shade’, we will describe the spend-related analysis (i.e., its scope and the approach used to attack it), the value of it, the challenges in doing it, and some methods to overcome those obstacles. In level 1, we'll start with basic Accounts Payable (A/P) spend analysis by supplier – the very basics (this is absolutely essential). Let’s jump in!more ▸
In yesterday’s announcement of a new Spend Matters Plus series, Fifty Shades of Pay, Pierre Mitchell wrote about the importance of spend analysis in procurement transformation. Now let’s look at making it happen. As spend analysis scenarios become more sophisticated and complex, they draw in broader data sets and use deeper types of analytics. Pierre developed a graphical context diagram, or blueprint if you will, of spend analysis. Not a Plus subscriber yet? Contact us to inquire about a free trial.more ▸
Within procurement, many know Concur as a T&E provider, and Concur’s strength in this area no doubt continues. But the company has more to offer procurement than just a T&E reporting tool (albeit an extremely slick one). In this Spend Matters PRO research brief, analyst Thomas Kase will look at some other tools from Concur, show you some screenshots of what their capabilities actually look like, and speculate on where they might be going with their offering. Not a Spend Matters PRO subscriber yet? Contact us to inquire about a 30-day free trial.more ▸
Concur – the company best known for its travel and expense reporting solution – is moving along with its annual user conference this week. The approximate 4,000 headcount organization has a fairly substantial number of employees in India – which explains why revenues aren’t already at the $1-billion mark, a number they expect to see in 2016. The company is growing extremely aggressively, both through acquisitions and hiring. Since last year’s Fusion event they have acquired GDSX and TRX – which explains how Concur has managed to add around 1,500 employees in one year’s time. That is rapid growth!
The mantra at this event was “Transparent, Connected, Effortless” – words echoed consistently by the many product management, marketing, and business development executives that I met. It’s not just something in the water in the Seattle area that has created this uniform pitch; the entire solution delivery is built on transparency (e.g. spend, budget, travel plan changes, expenses, credit card alerts, policy infractions, and so on), and connectivity across a partner network (a long list of partners ranging from financial service institutions to travel management firms to rental cars, hotel chains, and other suppliers) and all of it at your fingertips, in other words effortlessly available.
The effortlessness deserves a special comment. Concur has truly delivered a great user experience in their solutions. It is clear from the solution features, options, workflow, and general proactivity that they really know their use case. (Note to self: must persuade Jason Busch to switch our T&E reporting to Concur). Those who have read some of my other solution evaluations know that I can be relentlessly demanding or, as Jason calls me, a curmudgeon. That said, I have nothing but praise for Concur in the design department – is it weird to say that it actually looks fun to do expense reporting with their ExpenseIt tool?
A Spend Matters Plus subscription is required to read the rest of this article. Analyst Thomas Kase goes on to cover the details of the solution and Concur’s plans and potential for future growth. To inquire about a free trial to Spend Matters Plus, please contact Sheena Smith (email@example.com).more ▸