50 Providers to Know 2015 Content

The Smart Cube – A 2015 Spend Matters 50/50 Provider to Know



The Smart Cube is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) from our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs.

“Out-tasking” and procurement are two words one usually doesn’t hear together. At least not yet. But The Smart Cube (TSC), perhaps the largest global “out-tasking” firm centered on serving the needs of procurement organizations, is on a quest to change this.

Censeo Consulting – A 2015 Spend Matters 50/50 Provider to Know



Censeo Consulting is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) from our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs.

Censeo Consulting, a boutiuqe consultancy based in Washington, D.C., has been one of the top champions for better public and social sector procurement in the past decade, earning a worthy spot on the Spend Matters “50 to Know” list for 2015.

KPMG – A 2015 Spend Matters 50/50 Provider to Know



KPMG is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) from our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs.

Some say that a rising tide lifts all boats. But in certain cases, a large enough boat can actually influence the tide. The latter argument would better fit with KPMG.

PwC – A 2015 Spend Matters 50/50 Provider to Know



PwC is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) from our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs.

PwC is one of the silent giants of the operations consulting world. Its reputation is not as well known as it should be in the area of direct procurement, given all the resources it has at its disposal.

IBM – A 2015 Spend Matters 50/50 Provider to Know



IBM is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) from our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs.

IBM has been a venerable force on the procurement stage going back to its own original procurement transformation efforts well over a decade ago.

PrimeRevenue – A 2015 Spend Matters 50/50 Provider to Know



PrimeRevenue is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) from our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs.

It would be wrong to call a provider a granddaddy of a sector that is still so young. But PrimeRevenue, which was one of the pioneers of technology-enabled trade financing really can lay claim to being one of the first.

Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) – A 2015 Spend Matters 50/50 Provider to Know



Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) from our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs.

Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) has grown up considerably over the years. Originally a folksy group of people representing like-minded procurement and provider organizations that got together largely to discuss the business process outsourcing (BPO) market, SIG is now one of the most familiar names in the procurement conference and membership area.

Spend Matters 50/50: ZeroChaos – A Provider to Watch in 2015



ZeroChaos is one of our 50 Providers to Watch. We will be highlighting 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) from our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs.

ZeroChaos, founded in 1999, is highly innovative global workforce solutions management company that is sometimes pigeonholed in the industry categories of MSP and VMS. In terms of spend under management, the company does rank high among other providers in these categories, certainly in the 30th percentile.

Spend Matters 50/50: Fieldglass (An SAP Company) – A Provider to Know in 2015

Fieldglass (An SAP Company) is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) from our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs.

Fieldglass (now part of SAP) is one of the leading vendor management systems (VMS) in the market. The firm has been a long-time player (since 1999) in automating contingent labor management and has more recently shored up its support for broader statement of work (SOW)-based services beyond just independent contractors.

Spend Matters 50/50: Hubwoo – A Provider to Know in 2015

Hubwoo is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) from our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs.

Hubwoo, like its new corporate parent, Perfect Commerce, is a solution provider with deep "co-opetition" history with SAP. Its supplier network clearly competes with Ariba's supplier network — offering suppliers a no-fee model for basic listing and transitional services.

Spend Matters 50/50: Xchanging/MarketMaker 4 – A Provider to Know in 2015

Xchanging/MarketMaker 4 is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) from our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs.

Recent events have rather overtaken our 50 to Know review of Xchanging/MarketMaker 4, with Xchanging at parent firm level receiving two takeover bids last week. As those bids were pitched at some 70% above the prevailing share price, it seems likely one of them — or indeed a further new bidder — will succeed.

Spend Matters 50/50: ProProcure – A Provider to Watch in 2015

ProProcure is one of our 50 Providers to Watch. We will be highlighting 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) from our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs.

ProProcure is headquartered in the affluent and sleepy commuter-belt town of Gerrard’s Cross, west of London – not exactly Silicon Valley or Hoxton. That’s not the only fact that makes it not your typical procurement software firm. ProProcure's almost total focus on one category within the procurement world – marketing services – is also rare, and in fact, it has grown really by focusing on a subcategory within that area.