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Social Media and the CPO [Plus +]

- October 23, 2014 2:32 AM

macbook-air-notebook-technology-1168-825x550 For a recent workshop in London, I prepared a session titled "From Facebook to Supplier Collaboration - how social media is changing procurement.” As well as being one of the more enjoyable topics to research (I got to know far more about vloggers and Haul Girls than I really needed to), it is actually a huge and fascinating topic once you really get into it. And it goes way beyond just keeping your LinkedIn profile up to date, which is about as far as many CPOs and senior professionals get. So in this piece we will get into an overview of the subject and start focusing on the key principles of social media, which then suggests what CPOs, procurement directors or similar should be considering in terms of actually making use of the tools - we'll cover that in Part 2.

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50 Shades of Pay: Shade 4 – Analyzing Total Spend, Payments by Supplier Type [Plus +]

- September 18, 2014 10:27 AM

money in the form of some coins In our previous ‘shades’ (begin with Shade 1 here), we helped describe a foundational capability: to analyze and make visible how much money has been paid to suppliers. We also discussed how to wrangle the supplier master data that feeds the payment data that in turn, feeds the analytics. Now, in this Spend Matters Plus Research brief, Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell explores and classifies the types of suppliers with which you've held transactions to analyze your spend – ultimately signaling the shift from spend analysis to supply base analysis.

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Why SAP Should — Or Should Not — Buy Concur [PRO]

- September 3, 2014 4:50 PM

Earlier today Thomas Kase (VP of research) shared some quick comments on the rumors that SAP is thinking about buying Concur. This Spend Matters PRO article is the in-depth analysis. "Say it ain't so" is what first came to mind, not that Concur is either shoeless or cheats. There are of course positive aspects to the acquisition as well. Thomas expands on the pros and cons of such a deal, as part of his advice to Concur's shareholders and customers.

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50 Shades of Pay: Shade 2 – Total Cash Disbursements to Suppliers [Plus +]

- August 25, 2014 2:19 AM

50 Shades of Pay is back! Here is the second "shade" in this Spend Matters Plus series from Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell. The intent of getting to level two is to gain a complete picture of total cash disbursements to suppliers. To do this, some obstacles must be overcome. If improving your spend analysis is a topic of interest and you're not a Plus subscriber, contact us to inquire about a free trial.

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Insight for CPOs: How Might CEOs Address Procurement’s Failings? [Plus +]

- August 20, 2014 2:11 AM

In Part 1 of this series, Peter Smith, managing director of Spend Matters UK/Europe, discussed the new Proxima graphic e-book titled "Drowning not waving – how Corporate Virtualization has got business leaders out of their depth... And where the real opportunities lie." Peter believes that the empowerment of the budget holder and business stakeholder, giving them a greater role in the overall procurement process, and the emergence of a consequent stronger commercial capability across the organisation, will be the most significant development in the procurement world over the next 10 years (in terms of strategy and organization at least). That of course will have some major implications for procurement functions and people - but it's a topic for another day. In this Spend Matters Plus research brief, Peter gives four reasons why he is confident in his prediction.

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Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest (Part 4): Supplier Approval and Activation in a Network [Plus +]

- August 19, 2014 2:23 AM

One of the primary motivations behind SAP buying Ariba was its network approach model. It was theoretically a business model that could deliver scale benefits to participants (and Ariba shareholders) beyond standard software or SaaS applications. There were numerous archetypes for the Ariba Supplier Network. Spend Matters analysis suggests Ariba was a fast follower, copying Commerce One (which had its own stash of patents that was eventually acquired by Perfect Commerce and Novell) and others in building out such a model. Yet Ariba quickly scaled its own IP and approaches in the area of supplier enablement and connectivity. In Part 4 of this Spend Matters Plus series on Ariba’s patent portfolio, VP of Research Thomas Kase considers Ariba’s patent for supplier approval and activation in a supplier network (essentially a one-to-many supplier network approach).

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Insight for CPOs: Proxima Lays Out Procurement’s Failings, But Are the Answers Here? [Plus +]

- August 15, 2014 2:31 AM

Procurement outsourcing specialist Proxima deservedly received a lot of coverage with its Corporate Virtualization study that was published last year. As you may remember, it analysed the accounts of large firms and discovered that on average 70 percent of their revenues were spent with third-party suppliers. That was more than most of us steeped in the industry expected, and compared with just 13 percent going on staff costs. Given those statistics, that raised a whole host of interesting questions about why procurement doesn't have a higher profile. Surely senior executives can see how vital it is for that 70 percent to be spent well? Now Proxima has produced a “graphic e-book” titled “Drowning not waving – how Corporate Virtualization has got business leaders out of their depth... And where the real opportunities lie.”

Spend Matters UK/Europe managing director Peter Smith was CPO for three large organisations covering both private and government sectors before he moved into advisory work and – eventually – running the UK/Europe site. In a new series for Spend Matters Plus, he will be writing regularly about key strategic – but non-technology related - issues of interest to the CPO, procurement director or other senior people in the profession. If you're a CPO but not a Plus subscriber, contact us to inquire about a free trial

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50 Shades of Pay: The Blueprint for the Joy of Spend Analysis [Plus +]

- July 30, 2014 2:25 AM

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.

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Webinar on Thursday: Are Digital Signatures that Important? Yes, Indeed

- July 29, 2014 9:05 AM

You may have caught Pierre Mitchell's piece from last week on this topic (In Defense of the Signed Document), and we want to take it even further. Therefore, we're opening up this week's Ask the Expert webinar (on Thursday from 11-11:30 am Central) to ALL Plus/PRO members and procurement practitioners. As the orchestration between buyers, suppliers, and other third parties becomes more complex and increasingly digital, the need to seamlessly move across the document/data spectrum becomes more critical. Why? Jason Busch will count the ways.

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In Defense of the Signed Document [PRO]

- July 24, 2014 3:22 PM

Many people refer to ERP systems (notably master data stored in them) as the “system of record," which is interesting terminology. Think about supplier master data entered in the buyer’s ERP system that immediately can become “stale” the moment it’s entered. Let’s even take a better example of the penultimate document of record between the trading parties: the contract. A buying organization can use a contract lifecycle management solution that is fully integrated with an e-sourcing solution and even Microsoft Word documents that can be used as the user interface of sorts in contract authoring. Data is tracked at a detailed data element level and built up from low-level clause libraries. Yet when it comes time to seal the deal, the buyer and supplier print the contract and then start scurrying around for the final signatures, usually hand-written and faxed, only to then be stored and scanned so that the document image can be attached back to the CLM/ERP system. In today's Spend Matters PRO research brief, Pierre Mitchell makes an argument for the need of systems to accommodate the data types and user types across the source-to-pay continuum.

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What Makes Public Sector Spend Analysis Different: Motivations and Process Requirements (Part 2) [PRO]

- July 23, 2014 11:21 AM

Building a successful public sector spend capability requires similar core capabilities as found in those sold to the private sector, as well as additional ones. But more so than simply checking the feature/function box as a vendor – or in software/solution selection processes as a user – implementing the right public sector spend analysis approach requires taking a slightly but critically different mindset compared to what is tried and true in the private sector. In Part 2 of this Spend Matters research series (see the first installment here), Jason Busch, founder and managing director, continues to explore what these unique motivations, requirements, and approaches are.

The final installment of the series (Part 3 – forthcoming) will continue to profile one of the specialist vendors in the sector, Spikes Cavell, which appears to have cracked the code on what federal, state, and local organizations most value in understanding their expenditures, reporting on activities, and tying data to actual programs to drive better constituent outcomes. There are clearly lessons in this regard for public sector procurement organizations and overall leadership (employees and elected officials), other technology and solution providers expanding their public sector presence, and, surprisingly perhaps, the private sector as well.

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Provider Strategies in Asia: Country-Specific Trends and Considerations (Part 2) [Plus +]

- July 22, 2014 11:35 AM

This is the second in a two-part Spend Matters Plus series from Thomas Kase, VP of research, on strategies for providers to deliver procurement solutions and services in Asia. This second installment covers specific trends and recommendations for Singapore, Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia. So what should a company looking at an Asian expansion do? If this is a topic that interests you and you're not a Spend Matters Plus subscriber, contact us to inquire about a free trial.

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