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Analytics Connects the Dots — and Data — to Improve Healthcare Supply Chain Performance

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Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Brad Stillwell, senior director of product strategy at Birst, an Infor company

Data analytics is transforming healthcare, informing every decision from doctors’ diagnoses to long-term patient risk management. While the spotlight is, deservedly, on data-driven transformation within the four walls of healthcare facilities, analytics also has the power to improve the performance of supply chains and entire healthcare ecosystems to deliver a significant competitive advantage.

How AI Forces Procurement to Change the Concept of Contract Management: A Q&A with Seal Software CEO Ulf Zetterberg

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Artificial intelligence (AI) may be the holy grail of procurement software capabilities, but few vendors have begun to distinguish the plain chalice of useful functionality from the jewel-encrusted goblet of empty marketing promises. This is especially true when it comes to contract management software, which claims numerous possible applications of AI yet few real-life case studies. To learn more about how the contract management software market has evolved in this context, we sat down with Ulf Zetterberg, founder and CEO of Seal Software, a provider of contract discovery, extraction and analytics solutions, to discuss how procurement organizations can tell if AI capabilities are the real deal, as well as how regulatory challenges from GDPR and increased M&A are changing the very concept of CLM.

Are Companies Doing Enough to Prevent Software Supply Chain Attacks?

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Software supply chains are at ever higher risk of cyberattacks, a recent report from the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) has warned. With seven significant events reported last year — compared to four between 2014 and 2016 — 2017 “represented a watershed in the reporting of software supply chain operations.” NCSC notes that “software supply chain infiltration already threatens the critical infrastructure sector and is poised to threaten other sectors.”

New Upwork Enterprise Capabilities Support Adoption of Flexible Talent Programs

Upwork, the global online freelancer marketplace, announced Wednesday that it is adding capabilities to its Upwork Enterprise solution that will support businesses in their adoption of online freelancing and other alternative forms of flexible talent. The announcement of the Program Owner Experience capabilities came at Upwork’s second annual Work Without Limits Executive Summit, a gathering of Upwork Enterprise clients.  Upwork Enterprise is Upwork’s technology and managed services solution geared to support larger organizations. Program Owner Experience will provide Upwork Enterprise clients “with the resources and tools they need to drive flexible workforce adoption to build, scale and measure the impact of their flexible talent program,” according to a press release.   

From Artificial Intelligence to Financial Intelligence: Leveraging AI to Strategically Transform Finance Teams

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Laurent Charpentier, chief innovation officer and COO at Yooz North America.

When we talk about AI, we immediately think about what we use every day, such as virtual assistants or chatbots (e.g., Siri or Cortana), smartphones that identify us through fingerprint or facial recognition, cars that are able to detect pedestrians and to park themselves (often better than humans do). We also think about computers that recognize and analyze documents automatically. But AI is also widely present in the business environment, and has even made its way into finance departments.

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Here’s Why You Should Conduct Price Benchmark Analysis for Every IT Purchase or Renewal

If you remember nothing else about this blog post, remember this statistic: 5%. Those are the odds that enterprises are paying a fair price for any given IT purchase or renewal if they are not performing IT price benchmark analysis. In the first half of 2018, only 5% of the IT purchase quotes reviewed by NPI were priced at fair market value based on market benchmark comparisons. That number is dangerously lower than what it was just a few years ago when “fairly priced” IT purchases and renewals hovered around the 30% mark.

Beeline Acquired by New Mountain Capital — The Journey Continues

Beeline, a provider of workforce management software, announced Thursday it has been acquired by New Mountain Capital, a New York City-based private equity firm, for an undisclosed amount, according to a press release. Founded in 1999, Beeline represents, alongside SAP Fieldglass, one of the “Big 2” vendor management system (VMS) providers. Its current incarnation is the result of a December 2016 merger with IQNavigator (IQN), which saw Beeline, part of staffing giant Adecco, acquired by GTCR, the owner of vendor-neutral IQN. Following the merger, Beeline and IQN were combined into a single company, renamed Beeline.

GEP: What Makes It Great (E-Procurement SolutionMap Analysis)

While not as well known some vendors for its e-procurement capability, GEP delivers a standalone cloud-based software platform, SMART by GEP, that holds its own in a highly competitive field. Based on both its Solution and Customer Value scoring in the Q2 2018 E-Procurement SolutionMap, GEP is a recommended fit for all five e-procurement personas. The unified processes offered by the GEP platform underpin one of the best order management capabilities in our benchmark, as well as the integration and visualization of information across the procurement, sourcing and supplier management lifecycles.

In the e-procurement market, GEP differentiates itself in a number of functional areas. As the Q2 2018 E-Procurement SolutionMap illustrates, GEP delivers above-the-benchmark functional capability in approximately 50 individual e-procurement requirements. Its SolutionMap performance provides compelling evidence that the provider is a must-shortlist candidate for all e-procurement buying scenarios.

“What Makes It Great” is a recurring column that shares insights from each quarterly SolutionMap report for SolutionMap Insider subscribers. Based on both our rigorous evaluation process and customer reference reviews, each brief offers quick facts on the provider, describes where it excels, provides hard data on where it beats the SolutionMap benchmark and concludes with a checklist for ideal customer scenarios in which procurement, finance and supply chain organizations should consider it.

Taulia: What Makes It Great (Invoice-to-Pay SolutionMap Analysis)

Editor’s note: This “What Makes It Great” column is normally reserved for SolutionMap Insider Subscribersbut Taulia has generously agreed to support access for readers who are not yet members.  

Taulia originally led the way nearly a decade ago as the first standalone dynamic discounting (and invoice-to-pay) technology provider to build material traction on its own, primarily selling into the SAP customer base (owing to tight technical integrations with SAP ECC). Flash-forward to today, and Taulia has expanded from its roots into a broad-based trade financing (receivables and payables financing) and invoice-to-pay specialist that integrates with a range of popular ERP and source-to-pay systems. It also brings third-party capital and funding options to the table (bank, multi-bank and non-bank).

As a specialist in the invoice-to-pay market, Taulia differentiates itself in a number of functional/solution areas and is capable of selling both “plumbing” (i.e., technology in support of invoice-to-pay) and outcomes (e.g., business value through working capital improvement). As the Spend Matters Q2 2018 Invoice-to-Pay SolutionMap illustrates, Taulia delivers above-the-benchmark functional capability across these and dozens of other key requirements. Its SolutionMap performance provides compelling evidence that the provider is a must-shortlist candidate for the majority of invoice-to-pay buying scenarios.

“What Makes It Great” is a recurring column that shares insights from each quarterly SolutionMap report for SolutionMap Insider subscribers. Based on both our rigorous evaluation process and customer reference reviews, each brief offers quick facts on the provider, describes where it excels, provides hard data on where it beats the SolutionMap benchmark and concludes with a checklist for ideal customer scenarios in which procurement, finance and supply chain organizations should consider it.

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5 Things Procurement Can Do to Stay Ahead of Software License Audits

Enterprises are undergoing vendor-initiated software license audits at an alarming rate. Gartner estimates that 70% of enterprises get at least one audit notification a year. It’s not uncommon for penalties to surpass $1 million, $10 million or more. Audits have become an unspoken part of the routine conversation between procurement and vendors. In that regard, IT sourcing teams represent a first line of defense against noncompliance and audit risk.

Jaggaer Indirect: What Makes It Great (E-Procurement SolutionMap Analysis)

Jaggaer Indirect (Jaggaer) occupies a unique position in the procurement software market. Not only is it the only independent source-to-pay suite vendor with proven use cases for all solution areas, it also has a track record of competing across multiple, highly specialized market segments with targeted offerings. Jaggaer’s deep vertical expertise and specialized capability extends to the life sciences, higher education research, manufacturing and public sectors, but the provider also brings non-industry-specific capabilities that allow it to compete more broadly.

In the e-procurement market, Jaggaer differentiates itself in a number of functional areas. As the Spend Matters Q2 2018 E-Procurement SolutionMap illustrates, Jaggaer delivers above-the-benchmark functional capability across over 50 individual e-procurement requirements. Its SolutionMap performance provides compelling evidence that the provider is a must-shortlist candidate for all e-procurement buying scenarios.

“What Makes It Great” is a recurring column that shares insights from each quarterly SolutionMap report for SolutionMap Insider subscribers. Based on both our rigorous evaluation process and customer reference reviews, each brief offers quick facts on the provider, describes where it excels, provides hard data on where it beats the SolutionMap benchmark and concludes with a checklist for ideal customer scenarios in which procurement, finance and supply chain organizations should consider it.

Spend Management for Real World Complexities: Internal and External Perspectives

Spend management that delivers consistent, provable bottom-line value requires solutions that go beyond a one-size-fits-all approach. As we explored in Part 1 of this series, few solutions providers can offer the breadth, depth, flexibility, domain experience and track record of success to fully address the complex finance and procurement challenges facing organizations living in change. To help confront these challenges, the right solution must be largely self-managing and intelligent, as well as easy to use, customize and scale.

What does this look like in practice? Below we outline what organizations should explore and review when evaluating vendors, both from an internal stakeholder and external supplier engagement perspective.