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Why Mid-Size Companies Need On-Demand Solutions to Conquer Tail Spend

Procurement has firmly entered the tail spend era, and with necessary tools now available to tackle this persistent purchasing problem, supply organizations are finally consolidating costs, cracking down on unauthorized spend and clawing back lost time to deliver real value to their businesses. At least, that’s what the picture is starting to look like at large manufacturers and corporates. Within the typical mid-size firm, however, addressing tail spend still eludes many procurement organizations. The issue is less a challenge of capability than finding a solution that fits their unique business needs.

Coupa Announces First General Availability Release of Services Maestro

Coupa announced Tuesday the general availability (GA) release of its complex services procurement solution, Services Maestro. The news comes as a part of the company’s R20 platform release, where Services Maestro is described as “a new platform application that helps organizations manage the spend associated with complex services.” Last spring, an earlier version of Services Maestro was made available to a limited group of customers within the company’s “early access program.” It is now available to all Coupa customers. Coupa will continue its development of Services Maestro, and new capabilities and enhancements influenced by customers will be made available in subsequent tri-annual platform releases.

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What Middle-Market Businesses Need From E-Procurement Providers

When it comes to designing e-procurement systems, software providers have largely focused on serving the needs of the large enterprise while ignoring the needs of the middle market. The situation isn’t hopeless, though. As the number of pursuable customers in the large enterprise space begins to dwindle, e-procurement providers will need to change their strategies to attract the SMEs that are not well served by current offerings. To do that, they should focus on three key areas to convert middle market skeptics into e-procurement advocates.

A Primer on Labor Clouds: Everything Procurement Needs To Know

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Procurement needs to know the world of work is changing — fast. In 2017, many companies have gone beyond experimentation to actually adopting on-demand labor models and platforms for sourcing and engaging specialized knowledge workers. Companies as diverse as Walgreens, The New York Times, P&G, Walmart and Nokia are moving forward with the digital transformation of their workforce. But just as companies are changing their approach to contingent workforce management, the talent landscape is changing, too. As the market for specialized talent becomes increasingly fragmented, companies are looking for new ways to integrate this talent into their total workforce. That's where the concept of a labor cloud comes in.

Intuit’s QuickBooks Brings Small Businesses and Independent Contractors Closer at Tax Time — and More

Financial software giant Intuit announced Wednesday that it is adding two new tax-related features to its QuickBooks products. The release of two features might seem like small potatoes, but we’ll elaborate on why that’s not quite true. The new features benefit both small businesses and their contractors, which could be considered the core of the expanding gig/freelance/self-employed economy, where Intuit is nurturing a growing, cloud-based software and services ecosystem.

Clarifying Robotic Process Automation: What It Is (and Isn’t) for Procurement

Robotic process automation has become a buzzword most procurement professionals can’t escape. But despite its seeming ubiquity, RPA still tends to produce just as much head scratching as efficiency gains. Taken out of context, RPA can seem like yet another disruptive technology to keep track of alongside machine learning, blockchain and the like. Really, RPA is a single element of an overall procurement digital transformation strategy, and one of the more readily accessible technologies, in fact.

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Have You Lost the Route to Your Legal Archives in the API Economy?

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The corporate journey to using the emerging cloud ecosystem of discrete microservices will see critical business process and transaction evidence archived in disparate third-party storage services. Here’s why, and how, TrustWeaver is working to make sure that such fragmentation doesn’t become a compliance or productivity problem for companies.

No More Ariba Network Prisoners: 75,000 Suppliers (and Counting) are Transacting for Free

Procurement transformation is usually about incrementalism. For a function that’s fairly conservative — and stands to lose more by making individual mistakes than it stands to gain from individual successes — this is a reasonable approach. But sometimes step changes happen fast. And sometimes, it happens with suppliers to procurement organizations, too. The rapid rise of Amazon Business has been one of these changes, whether that’s perceived as good or bad. But for SAP Ariba customers, another one on the same order of magnitude in the past 12 months has been the adoption of suppliers transacting with free accounts.

How AI Will Help Procurement Overcome the Historical Flaws of Spend Analytics

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Spend analytics technology is not new to procurement. Yet a significant number of practitioners report feeling overwhelmed by the amount of data they have to handle, let alone knowing how to make sense of it all in a meaningful way. How can this be when the technology to solve such problems has existed for several decades? The answer lies in the historical flaws of the spend analytics market. Up until now, the dirty secret is that analytics technology has actually performed worse than humans at classifying spend data. But with advances in machine learning, particularly the power of deep learning, the gaps in analytics offerings are beginning to narrow.

Coupa Acquires Simeno to Augment Catalog Search and Management Capabilities

Coupa has acquired procure-to-pay (P2P) provider Simeno, extending the platform’s marketplace strategy to provide deeper and pre-integrated supplier connections and opening key markets to support continued expansion. Based in Basel, Switzerland, Simeno offers key capabilities in cross-catalog search and advanced catalog management. Large enterprises often use Simeno as a shopping front-end for systems such as SAP PM, SAP MM and Oracle iProcure to augment cross-catalog search capability.

Jaggaer Again Leads with its Chin in BravoSolution Acquisition

While terms and conditions of the transaction are not public, this is a bigger deal than U.S.-centric market followers may think. Regardless of how much Jaggaer paid, the most important feature of this deal is that the U.S. procurement market’s most prolific hunter-gatherer just bought itself a global footprint. Yes, the solution pieces are all there now. And, as Jaggaer's CEO argues, they’re all best of breed. But what he doesn’t mention, nor does Jim Wetekamp, BravoSolution’s CEO, is the word “integration.”

Jaggaer to Acquire BravoSolution: Initial Thoughts and Considerations

Jaggaer announced Wednesday that it will acquire procurement suite provider BravoSolution for an undisclosed sum. The combination would make Jaggaer the “largest independent, vertical spend management solution provider in the world,” the company said in a press release, with more than 1,850 customers connected to 3.7 million suppliers in 70 countries. News of the planned deal comes nearly six months after Jaggaer’s acquisition of Pool4Tool, a provider of sourcing and purchasing solutions for direct materials procurement. This latest move would make Jaggaer, which rebranded from SciQuest in February, the No. 2 player to SAP Ariba in the procurement technology market by revenue.