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Reflections on Sourcing and Procurement Awards (and a Solicitation for Reader Input)

- April 18, 2014 6:02 AM | Categories: Commentary, Friday Rant

boxing_awards I spent last week in Europe with Mr. Peter Smith, the fearless leader of Spend Matters UK/Europe. After a dozen meetings, much good conversation, classic London pubs, two great curries, and collectively speaking at the Dutch Sourcing Awards, which our colleague Gert van der Heijden hosted, we ended up talking philosophically about the concept of sourcing and procurement awards. If Spend Matters were ever to host one, it'd probably be at a pub.

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Don’t Fall for the Myth of Integrated ERP Procurement

file0001514712773 I remember back to when Oracle embarked on integrating its Oracle CPG product to Manugistics and the admission that there were nearly 1,000 separate points of integration. Now, add in the fact that there is completely new infrastructure coming onto the scene with SAP HANA (not just the HANA database, but also a “cloudy” application development and integration infrastructure) that will be making its way into the Ariba Network and future application products, and let’s just say that some non-trivial orchestration will need to occur. So, it’s complex, but you might ask: what’s the big deal? The big deal is that the ones who will end up footing the bill for tying this stuff together will not be SAP. They’re doing quite well in procurement, thank you very much. And it won’t be the big consulting firms either. Ultimately, it will be the buyers (and sellers of course if it’s going through the network – which it basically is designed to do) who will need to pay for the acquire-and-integrate approach.

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The Mass Customization of Procurement – and Mass Personalization of Procurement Systems

- April 14, 2014 10:12 AM | Categories: Procurement Strategy & Planning

file0001635293278 If you want to dive into some of the aspects of how procurement systems are becoming mass customized, or should I say, mass personalized, then please join me and Ivalua on this webinar! It's today from 12 to 1 pm CDT. Mass customization not only affects direct procurement in terms of how procurement works with suppliers to accommodate such a flexible type of supply chain model, but it also has an impact on the procurement function internally.

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Case Study: Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Taulia, and Dynamic Discounting

file6941274973247 Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC) is the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the US. It has over 10,000 suppliers, about 25 percent of which are non-PO based. One of the supplier segments that represents a big opportunity within these non-PO invoices is the area of trucking. Historically, many of these small businesses have had to pay receivables factoring firms very high interest rates, and that is money that is taken out of the CCBCC supply chain. The catch is that CCBCC can provide a cost of capital that rivals the factoring firms. CCBCC decided to step in and help with the suppliers’ liquidity problem by giving them the option to take early payments in return for a discount. I interviewed CCBCC's Steve Richards, who gave me an account of the company's experience implementing Taulia.

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Tips on Speaking to a Procurement Audience: Give Up the Slides, Please

- April 10, 2014 2:30 AM | Categories: Commentary, Innovation, Procurement

PresentationPlus Whenever I have a big speech to give, I usually spend a few weeks preparing, or at least going through in my head, a planned outline. Like many presenters for whom public speaking did not come naturally to start, I’ve often found myself relying on slides to guide my talk. They’re a type of crutch, if you will. But in recent years, in the rare cases that I’ve been forced to present without PowerPoint, I’ve found the audience was far more engaged – probably something about a lack of 12 point Helvetica fonts and multiple takeaway arrows per slide, I suppose.

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The Sourcing Interests Group Conference

- April 9, 2014 2:35 AM | Categories: Commentary, Conferences, Procurement, Sourcing

Nashville Thomas Kase of Spend Matters recently attended the Sourcing Interest Group Conference in Nashville, TN. Hear what he had to say about a couple specific sessions in particular, including Iron Mountain and WCAS, as well as the conference as a whole.

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We’ve Compiled a SAP/Fieldglass Roundup – So You Don’t Have To

- April 8, 2014 2:45 AM | Categories: Analysis, Ariba, SAP

roundup Spend Matters has been covering the SAP/Ariba acquisition of Fieldglass since before it happened. For answers to all your questions and all the perspective Spend Matters has, check out this roundup of original reporting, opinions, and forecasting.

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When Sourcing Becomes Supply Chain: The Case of One Massive Catalog (Part 2)

- April 7, 2014 2:29 AM | Categories: Sourcing, Supply Chain

Chain The following post is based on the Spend Matters Perspective, When Sourcing Becomes Supply Chain. Readers may also find of interest our Spend Matters Plus/PRO premium content covering indirect, direct and services sourcing (and e-sourcing), as well as our free research covering the e-sourcing market. Please click here for Part 1 in this series. Previously, this organization answered all of the questions in silos with 80 full-time employees dedicated to this task – albeit individually and not collectively. They even used their own procurement team, who sourced inputs on an individual basis – pulp, logistics, origination, photography, print, graphic designers, etc. […]

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SAP/Ariba and Coupa Patent Case Adds Another Element

- April 3, 2014 2:49 PM | Categories: Breaking News, Commentary, eProcurement / Procurement

gavel SAP and Ariba are insisting rival firm Coupa stole trade secrets from them and want theft and breach of contract claims added to their original lawsuit. It's not uncommon for employees of these companies to switch sides throughout their careers, and with them can come information and documents, some of which may be confidential. However, simply marking a document confidential doesn't always mean it is. Spend Matters argues the degree of confidentiality of these documents could be an extremely important factor in the outcome of the case.

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Ethanol Prices Surge

- April 3, 2014 2:30 PM | Categories: Analysis, Commodities, Guest Post

smokestack Samatha Miles of Mintec discusses the cost of rising ethanol prices since the beginning of 2014. A number of factors, including our beloved polar vortex, contributed to the trend. Things could turn around, however.

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VMS CEO Interview Series: Provade’s Edward Jackson

- April 2, 2014 6:27 AM | Categories: Commentary, Perspective, Procurement Commentary

provade Spend Matters kicks of the VMS CEO interview series with Provade's Edward Jackson. We ask him about the Fieldglass acquisition, what sort of innovations are in store for the future of VMS and what Provade plans to focus on for the remainder of the year.

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Largest Chinese ERP Provider Eschews Services Procurement

- April 1, 2014 6:30 AM | Categories: Industry News, Learning / Research, Sourcing, Spend Management

China Great Wall Systems (GWS), China’s largest ERP company, today announced that it will focus future development for its next generation platform-as-a-service (PaaS) ERP, MRP and business applications stack entirely on materials management. Great Wall’s sister state owned company and largest customer, Xiao Kin Industries, has already embraced GWS’ commitment to industrial production and automation.

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