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Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Nov. 17

- November 21, 2014 10:13 AM | Categories: Best Of

Welcome back to another edition of our "best of" roundup - where we share the most popular and noteworthy articles published around the Spend Matters Network this week. Enjoy!

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CPOs at ProcureCon Talk About Supplier Innovation – and How to Capture It

- November 20, 2014 2:20 AM | Categories: Supplier Management, Supplier Performance

Innovation has become one of the very hottest of hot topics in procurement circles over the last couple of years. At the recent ProcureCon conference in Berlin, it was covered over several sessions, with a number of CPOs giving us the benefit of their views and experience around supplier innovation and how to capture it. Based on this wealth of input, what conclusions or thoughts can we draw from the 2 days of thinking and talking around the topic? Here are some key take-aways that CPOs and others might want to consider.

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Ask the Expert: Procurement Performance Management (PPM) – The Ultimate Alignment Tool – Not a Dashboard!

In this session, come hear from one of world's pre-eminent experts in PPM, our own Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell, to learn how the best procurement organizations use this capability not to track their lagging metrics of the past, but to look to the future, to stay aligned with stakeholders, to create an effective procurement operating model, and to elevate the supply management value proposition and transform functions beyond world class performance. Caveat: this week’s webinar will take a full 60 minutes. Double espresso recommended. Plus and PRO members, click on through to register.

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Focusing on Efficiency with the AT Kearney 2014 ROSMA Benchmark Report

- November 19, 2014 6:29 AM | Categories: Analysis, Learning / Research, Procurement, Spend Management

Earlier this week, we began our series analyzing the new AT Kearney 2014 ROSMA Benchmark Report, “Building the Brand of Procurement and Supply.” I first talked about the context and how the report analyzes ROSMA’s scores. Then, in a Plus post, I dove deeper into our analysis of the report, and I shared some of its highlights. Today, I’ll talk efficiency – what firms are the most efficient and why.

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Results and Additional Analysis of AT Kearney 2014 ROSMA Benchmark Report

- November 18, 2014 6:45 AM | Categories: Analysis, Learning / Research, Procurement, Spend Management

In the previous installment of this series, I outlined the background and approach for the 2014 AT Kearney Return on Supply Management Assets (ROSMA) benchmark report that can be found here. In this installment, I’ll not only highlight some interesting learnings, but also even enhance the analysis a bit based on the data in the report. The report highlights the basics of the ROSMA model, but I wanted to show a complete model that illustrates the mechanics of it a little more deeply.

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Investing in P2P, Trade Financing and Procurement Tech: Where the Smart Money Is

- November 17, 2014 6:24 AM | Categories: P2P, Trade Financing

file5381245784488 This year, I’ve spent what feels like about half my time working “around” the money side of this sector with a range of individuals, private firms and providers evaluating, making or exiting investments or engaged in M&A activity. To say there is significant transaction activity would be an understatement – especially comparing the number of deals that actually “get done” to those that are investigated on a cursory level or ultimately go down a busy path and never end up getting consummated.

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Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Nov. 10

- November 14, 2014 10:05 AM | Categories: Best Of

Check out all the best articles published this week on the Spend Matters Network!

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Where Zycus Can Improve in the End-to-End Procurement Suite Big Leagues

- November 14, 2014 2:31 AM | Categories: P2P, Vendor Snapshots

Earlier this week, we published the first in a two-part series offering perspective and recommendations on what Zycus, a procurement suite vendor, is doing right. But no provider is perfect. And Zycus, which has increasingly larger ambitions to become a leading source-to-pay (S2P) provider (versus “just” spend classification, analytics, sourcing, contract management, supplier management and related areas), has some significant work to do in the purchase-to-pay (P2P) arena if it is to go head-to-head against an increasingly busy, noisy and confusing field of incumbents and upstarts. In this Spend Matters PRO research brief, Managing Director Jason Busch and Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell provide a candid take on areas of improvement for Zycus. They will also offer their perspective, as an addendum to this series on Spend Matters Plus, on what types of customers are an ideal fit for Zycus today.

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Supplier Relationship Management: Where Is It Going? Are You Keeping Pace?

- November 13, 2014 10:27 AM | Categories: Supplier Management

Supplier Relationship Management (SRM): there is probably no other solution set in supply chain these days that is sold in so many incarnations – it’s a wild list of acronyms: SM, SIM, SLM, SRM, VRM, SBM, 3PM, even VMS. Some are truly meaningless labels that mainly serve to please the marketing managers that had to choose one over the other – others carry more weight and imply certain functionalities. Let’s look at the acronyms.

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Zycus: Welcome to the End-to-End Procurement Suite Big Leagues (The Good)

Earlier this week, two members of the Spend Matters research team, Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer, and Jason Busch, founder and managing director, spent a couple of days down in Amelia Island, Florida, at Zycus’ annual customer and prospect conference, speaking directly with dozens of Zycus customers and prospective clients. This two-part Spend Matters PRO brief provides a perspective on Zycus’ position in the market today – the good and the bad – and what types of procurement organizations are an ideal fit for what the provider has to offer.

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50 Shades of Pay – Shade 9: The Magic Cube (Analyzing it)

- November 11, 2014 6:23 AM | Categories: Spend Management

In Part 1 of this Shade 9 Plus article, we discussed building your “spend cube.” Now that you have done that, the real fun begins: finding savings opportunities! Certainly, finding sourcing savings is where most start. The most popular analysis of course is evaluating spend fragmentation within a category across suppliers at the enterprise level, the regional level, the cost center level, the business unit level and so on. Since there is so much information out in the public domain (and from providers) on various spend reports that you can run off of this spend cube (e.g., including time as another dimension to support multi-period spend trending), we won’t re-invent the wheel, but do want to make a few points...

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50 Shades of Pay – Shade 9: The Magic Cube (Building it)

- November 10, 2014 6:39 AM | Categories: Spend Analysis, Spend Management

In this installment of our 50 Shades of Pay series, we finally dive into some of the gory critical details of building out the “magic cube” of spend visibility. Actually, it’s not that magical, and it can be more than 3 dimensions, but let’s keep it simple for now. The cube provides the data to answer the question, “How much did we spend on what with whom?” What we’re focusing on with this installment in the series is getting the data “on what” by classifying line-item level detail data into a spend category taxonomy.

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