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Millennials in Supply Chain Discuss Their Own Strengths (Part 1)

When I wrote to several of the 2014 winners of ISM/ThomasNet’s “30 Under 30” competition recognizing young talent working in supply chain, I asked them how they think their generation will change the procurement and supply chain profession. I also asked them how they would describe their generation’s strengths, weaknesses and challenges as pertaining to supply chain. And as I read through their responses (my sincere thanks to all who participated!), common themes emerged.

Digital Technology and Contingent Workforce & Services: What You Need to Know

The CW/S world is rapidly changing as new and truly disruptive technologies emerge and as the employer-employee relationship evolves. How will this affect the average procurement practitioner? That is the topic to be covered on a webinar tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 p.m. CST), titled Contingent Workforce and Services (CW/S) Procurement: 2017 Tech Trends and Their Impact on You. We encourage our readers to tune in as Karpie and Spend Matters Founder Jason Busch break down CW/S technology trends and where they’re taking root.

Coupa’s Release 17: Features and Approach

Coupa’s first update of the year, Release 17, offers a new application called “Perfect Fit Insights” for cross-customer B2B insights and more than 50 features across the platform including new collaboration mechanisms to work with suppliers and additional e-invoicing compliance templates.

We published an in-depth analysis of Release 17 on Spend Matters PRO, but here is a quick recap on what you can expect from the solution update.

How IT Services Provider Wipro Improved Performance Metrics by Segregating Demand Type

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Contingent workforce procurement and management in a professional services company is oftentimes a unique activity. Performance metrics, while similar to other programs, are prioritized differently. Costs are monitored more closely, as they are directly tied to operating margins, and time to fill is a crucial metric. For a large program that hires thousands of contractors yearly, each day of cycle time reduction can add millions to the top line.

The Millennial CPO: How Will the New Generation Transform the Supply Chain Profession?

In one of my conversations with a “30 Under 30” winner who’s about to hit 10 years in the procurement profession, I realized the in hindsight highly obvious fact that millennials are growing up. They already make up a third of the workforce. The older among them are stepping into managerial positions. They’re hiring and mentoring younger employees. They’re giving talks at conferences and industry events. And a decade from now, they could even be CPOs.

Using Social Media to Improve Procurement Performance: Exploring Emerging Research

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When it comes to the intersection of social media and procurement, we’re all interested in how to use it effectively, whether it’s to improve our relationships, our jobs or both. Yet at times, the magic of its use can seem elusive. More and more public-facing platforms (the Facebooks, Twitters, Snapchats) and private/collaborative ones (the Procuriouses...Procurii?) seem to crop up every day, but where to start? to start? Dr. Frank Rozemeijer and Dr. Lieven Quintens of Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and Jonas Heller, a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales’ Business School in Australia, have set out to explore just that.

Breaking Down Global Silos (Part 1): Did Rio Ruin Houston’s New ERP Launch?

I sat in front of a camera that appeared to pan around the office — even though it was powered down.

As I tinkered with three remote controls, attempting to connect our virtual conference room to one in the southern hemisphere, I could not suppress my most paranoid instinct that perhaps our headquarters in Rio de Janeiro bugged our equipment to allow them to monitor the movements and voices of their North American employees.

My supply chain counterparts in the Brazilian corporate headquarters of one of the world’s largest oil and gas exploration companies called an ominously last-minute conference on a particularly sweltering spring day, which was already packed with activities for our impending ERP “go live.”

SciQuest Rebrands Itself as Jaggaer

Earlier today, SciQuest, a source-to-pay technology provider, announced it had rebranded itself as Jaggaer.

The new name is “a derivation of the German word for hunter, and reflects the company’s brand promise of delivering comprehensive, focused spend solutions for a broad range of businesses.”

For us, the name conjures up memories of sticky bar room floors from college.

The P2P Primer: An Introduction to E-Procurement and Invoice-to-Pay

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Combine the e-procurement and invoice-to-pay technology markets, and what you have is the P2P market, or procure-to-pay. The P2P market comprises hundreds of providers, as well as numerous sub-sectors such as catalog management, supplier networks, trade financing and supplier-side e-commerce. Today, we’ll address e-procurement and invoice-to-pay individually in this quick and dirty guide to P2P.

ERP or Best-of-Breed? (Part 4): 10 Ways to Get the Best of Both — Together

Based on the factors we outlined in our previous installment exploring the ERP vs. best-of-breed issue and the scope of your project, your strategies for deftly grafting BoB onto your existing enterprise application “backbone” will, of course, vary. In this next part of the series, the following 10-point checklist from recent Spend Matters research on preparing for and undertaking this type of operation may be helpful. It focuses on how to best use BoB cloud app suites and ERP together.

The Week in Metals (and Other Commodities)

This week, the Trump administration let up a bit and fixed its trade imbalance crosshairs on Germany. The two U.S. Senators from North Dakota said this week that the Dakota Access Pipeline is “days, not weeks” from approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Week in Metals brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news from our sister site MetalMiner.

ERP or Best-of-Breed? (Part 3): The Realistic Downsides of BoB

We began this series by reinvestigating the age-old question, “ERP or Best-of-Breed?” The semantics and the assumptions alone are problematic, so we had to throw a few clarifying questions out there first. Then we delved into how to put yourself into a strategic sourcing mindset to begin considering the issue — but we only began scratching the surface of the pros and cons of the various options!