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

- May 29, 2015 1:25 PM | Categories: Featured, Solution Providers

Aravo is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting all 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) in 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. Over the 15 years since its launch in 2000, Aravo has delivered advanced supplier lifecycle management (SLM) and Master Data Management (MDM) solutions for many of the world's largest, most complex organizations.

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Afternoon Coffee: US Economy Contracts in Q1, May Sets New M&A Activity Record

- May 29, 2015 12:13 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

file0001971407787 The US economy contracted 0.7% during the first 3 months of the year. May has seen a record level of US merger and acquisition activity, however, with $241.6 billion in deals announced. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

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After Signing on the Dotted Line: Contract Lifecycle Management Basics

- May 29, 2015 10:46 AM | Categories: Contract Management, Learning / Research

XDMB0IC7TX It might not be the sexiest acronym out there but CLM, or contract lifecycle management, is one of the most important aspects of supply management relationships as it overlaps with source-to-contract and P2P cycles. This introductory paper, Contract Lifecycle Management 101 by Jason Busch, founder and managing director at Spend Matters, and Michael Lamoureux, contributing analyst, provides a fundamental approach to CLM for all to read. Read on to check out an excerpt from the research paper, or download the full paper here.

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WIP Wildfire Alert: Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures Adds Fuel to Fire With Lystable Investment

1A0499C042 This week it was announced that US-based venture fund Valar Ventures has invested $1.5 million in London-based startup Lystable. The news is a further indication that the use of digital platforms in the contingent workforce management space is a spreading wildfire that is being fueled by continuing investment. Lystable, launched and seed-funded in early 2014 by a former Google employee will use the new investment to continue to build out its design and development team and to build out customer support in the US. Lystable falls into an emerging category of diverse “technology based platform work intermediaries” that Spend Matters has begun explicitly covering this year.

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How Finance Can Help Procurement: A Countdown on our CPO Website

QA2UI38DJP Over on Chief Procurement Officer, we recently began a countdown series of the top 17 ways finance can help procurement. Authored by Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell, the series, or wish list, is based off a snap poll Spend Matters and the Institute for Supply Management conducted regarding the alignment of procurement and finance organizations within a company. The series hits on the least important to most important ways procurement would like finance's help improving supply and spend management. (No. 1 will be the most important.) So far, Pierre has hit on tips Nos. 17-15. You can read the full articles over on Chief Procurement Officer, or read on and follow the links.

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Afternoon Coffee: Amazon Extends Same-Day Delivery, M&A Activity in Mining Industry Takes a Hit

- May 28, 2015 12:13 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Cup-Of-Coffee-From-Above-102013B092D03AE8 Amazon is now making same-day delivery service available to Prime members in 14 more metropolitan areas. And, miners say they are currently facing the “longest drought of deals” in their careers as they look to sell off their mines, but no one is coming forward to buy them. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

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Introducing a New Buying Manifesto for a New Age of Procurement

- May 28, 2015 10:16 AM | Categories: Innovation, Procurement Research, Technology

TAM2OYHWFJ Jason Busch, founder and managing director at Spend Matters, teamed with Vroozi to come up with a new “buying manifesto” for procurement professionals that is not only relevant today but into the future as well. In Declaration of the New Purchasing: A Buying Manifesto, a new, FREE research download, we predict what the future holds for procurement. In support of this collaborative research with Vroozi, Jason started an ongoing series of articles featured on Spend Matters that support this new buying manifesto. The first touches on “Technology in Our Personal Lives.” Check it out here.

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Afternoon Coffee: Execs Lack Confidence in Supply Chain Competency, Ford Announces Steering-Related Recall

- May 27, 2015 12:08 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

YV76QE0PHL Less than 40% of executives surveyed in a recent Deloitte poll said they were “extremely” or “very” confident about the competence of their supply chain. And, Ford is recalling about 423,000 vehicles in North America due to a defect with the power-assisted steering feature. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

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Last Chance to Register for Today’s Webinar on Supply Chain Risk Management!

sound-speaker-radio-microphone-large Today’s the day! We’ve been talking for weeks about how supply chain risk management is best exemplified by AGCO, the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery, and its risk management solution powered by riskmethods. In fact, AGCO’s risk management was awarded as the “Excellence in eSolutions” winner, showing just how effective it is. Join us this afternoon at 1 p.m. CDT for the webinar, Award-Winning Supply Chain Risk Management at AGCO with Thomas Kase, vice president of research at Spend Matters, and Jan Theissen, director, Strategy & Methods, Global Purchasing & Materials Management at AGCO. Register here!

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

- May 26, 2015 2:52 PM | Categories: Solution Providers

IBX/Capgemini is one of our 50 Providers to Watch. We will be highlighting all 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) in 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. IBX (part of Capgemini since 2010) is a provider of source-to-settle solutions and services. Since its origins in the Nordics, the IBX solutions are now available worldwide, much owing to Capgemini's procurement outsourcing and BPO practice.

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Afternoon Coffee: Business Spending Increases in April, But Services Sector Slows

- May 26, 2015 12:58 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

37AE74BD56 The Commerce Department reported business spending in April rose for the second consecutive month. And, the US services sector has slowed this month, however, according to the Markit “flash” Purchasing Managers Index. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

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Fielding a Winning Independent Workforce: How to Attract & Retain Top-Flight Talent

sunset-people-sun-men-large In order to succeed in today’s professional environment, businesses have to increasingly depend on an independent workforce of consultants, freelancers, solopreneurs and more. Attracting these candidates has never been more challenging. But, in an upcoming webinar we tell you how to accomplish this. Check out: Build it (Right) and They Will Come: Becoming a ‘Client of Choice’ to the Independent Workforce. This webinar, on Wednesday, June 17 at 12 p.m. CDT, will show contingent workforce management professionals how to not only attract but retain independent talent in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Register today!

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