E-Sourcing Content

E-Sourcing: What’s Changed in the Past Five Years (Part 2) [PRO]

In the first installment in this series, we talked a lot about the changing e-sourcing landscape based on observations from a deep dive sourcing analysis […]

E-Sourcing: What’s Changed in the Past Five Years? [PRO]

Take for instance the fact that the rise of truly integrated end-to-end solutions is finally here. These are providers like Ivalua, b-pack and Zycus, whose sourcing, supplier management, contract management and related modules (and in certain cases, P2P) are built on a single data model and are fully integrated. There is a strong case for these integrated suites in certain situations, especially for procurement organizations that are looking to structure and manage centralized processes and data in a decentralized transactional and sourcing environment across the source-to-pay process flow.

E-Sourcing: What’s Changed in the Past Five Years?

This post discusses the capabilities and mentions vendors like MyBiz, Ivalua, Pool4Tool, Zycus, Fullstep, b-pack, CombineNet, BravoSolution, Trade Extensions, Ariba, and more!   We’re knee […]

Our Evaluation Process: An Optimal RFP For E-Sourcing Solutions [Plus+]

We recently reached out to sourcing solution software providers with a round of questions to understand how they position themselves in the marketplace: how do they deliver value to clients, where are their differentiators, etc. – so we can deliver the highest quality shortlists possible to readers like you. Today we're offering an insider's look into our internal sausage-making process in the spirit of full transparency for our PRO audience – sharing the RFP spreadsheet we sent to the solution providers a few months ago.

Welcome New Sponsors: MarketMaker4

We’re thrilled to announce that MarketMaker4 has become the latest Spend Matters sponsor, signing a multi-year relationship deal that spans not just an Associate Sponsorship […]

When are ERP E-Sourcing Tools the Best Fit (Part 2)

The following post is based on the Spend Matters Compass Series paper Evaluating the Capabilities of ERP Providers Compared to Independent Vendors: Know Your Size […]

Strategic Sourcing: Criteria for Selecting an E-Sourcing Provider [PRO]

Certain types of solutions are obviously best suited to specific organizational types. It’s our working hypothesis – which we’ve already spent many years validating through hands-on recommendations and selection processes – that certain organizations are likely a good fit for solutions from ERP providers. These organizations will typically place a greater emphasis, in the case of SAP, on solution suite integration (e.g., supplier management, contract management) over other areas like advanced bidding structure/formats, bid gathering, scenario analysis.

Should providers change their focus on the benefits of e-sourcing? [Plus+]

The steady and impressive growth and penetration of e-sourcing tools into organisations continues, and is probably still accelerating as uptake moves form chiefly larger entities to mid-sized and even small organizations. Typically, providers position and sell their products by emphasizing a number of benefits.