Tagged Content: Technology

Microsoft Windows 10 – Will it Be Good News for Enterprises or Add to the Confusion?

- January 30, 2015 2:16 PM | Categories: Analysis, Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from by Jeff Muscarella, EVP of IT Spend Management Services at NPI, a spend management consultancy, focused on eliminating overspending on IT, telecom and shipping. Based on the news out of Redmond last week, Microsoft’s Windows 10 isn’t just a new version – it’s an indicator of some very big changes ahead.

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Getting SAP and P2P Integration Right: Start With a Workshop

- January 30, 2015 2:14 AM | Categories: eProcurement / Procurement, ERP, P2P, SAP

There are many advantages to having procurement, finance and IT join forces in not only selecting the right P2P technologies, but in mapping out all the critical elements of program rollout and, above all, ERP integration. SAP ERP environments, especially, can prove vexing from an integration standpoint in cases where back-end systems and instances have proliferated faster than those cute fuzzy creatures hopping around in our backyards – and procurement and finance each have their own set of expectations and requirements from a P2P deployment on top of it. Starting with a workshop that includes finance, procurement, IT and other stakeholders is an essential first step in defining integration needs and requirements.

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P2P and SAP/ERP Integration: Business Needs (and Workshops) Should Come First

- January 29, 2015 10:15 AM | Categories: eProcurement / Procurement, ERP, P2P, SAP

When it comes to P2P and ERP integration, business needs should always come first. Indeed, it is essential to address the requirements of line-of-business users before making technology choices and trade-offs. Business objectives should also take precedence over technology preferences – at a minimum, they have to be well coordinated with all stakeholders, not merely the IT department. While it is almost cliché to point out that technology is an enabler of the business, in order to develop a working strategy for integration, business issues must come before IT concerns or requirements. Spend Matters' experience suggests that this process is best started by conducting internal integration workshops centered on the P2P implementation that includes all stakeholders.

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P2P and SAP – Integration is Inevitable (Even with Ariba) Between E-Procurement and ERP

- January 28, 2015 6:24 AM | Categories: eProcurement / Procurement, ERP, P2P, SAP

Integration is a fact of life for ERP systems and business applications – cloud or otherwise. With SAP, ERP modules are actually integrated with each other! They are not native. In other words, even with basic ERP extensions, integration is inevitable. You can’t avoid it. There is considerable configuration done on the back end of these systems even when they come from the same provider! This might be a newsflash for some, but it is a critical observation in the P2P world.

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P2P and ERP Integration: New Requirements, Evolving Tactics

- January 23, 2015 6:12 AM | Categories: ERP, Learning / Research, P2P

file000898499863 Without tight ERP linkages, the value of e-procurement and e-invoicing systems is greatly diminished. The Spend Matters P2P research team recently teamed up to write the white paper, Cloud P2P Deployment: A How-To Guide to SAP and ERP Integration with eProcurement and Beyond, which delves into strategies and tactics for making P2P and ERP integration work.

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Integrating Cloud P2P Solutions with SAP: Framing the Case For Robust Integration

- January 20, 2015 10:02 AM | Categories: Analysis, Cloud, Learning / Research, P2P

blue-clouds-cloudy-3768-978x550 P2P integration has come a long way. Even in the cloud, for that matter. No longer is it necessary to have armies of consultants descend into the depths of the IT dungeon to get an e-procurement module to talk to various SAP instances. The Spend Matters P2P research team including Xavier Olivera, director of P2P research, Jason Busch, founder and managing director, and Thomas Kase, vice president of research, recently teamed up to provide an in-depth look at P2P integration strategies. Not for the superficial faint-of-heart, their analysis, Cloud P2P Deployment: A How-To Guide to SAP and ERP Integration with eProcurement and Beyond, explores specific integration points, strategies and tactics to make cloud procurement solutions talk to on-premise ERP (with Coupa as the use case).

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Will Ariba and SAP Increasingly Abandon “Upstream” Innovation in 2015?

- January 19, 2015 6:48 AM | Categories: Ariba, Innovation, SAP

file000748535368 In 2015, Ariba and SAP will continue to put a lot of stock at the intersection of building a broad P2P (finally inclusive of the final P: “Pay”) capability with increased network power and services. This will include native integration to the capabilities from Fieldglass and Concur (especially to generate a positive ROI on nearly $10 billion of investment in buying these 2 firms) into their general procurement value proposition and solution set. If Ariba and SAP get 50% of their activities in these areas right in the next 24 months, momentum alone will carry the day from a commercial perspective (provided they can preserve the talent and expertise from Fieldglass and Concur).

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SAP and Ariba: Morphing or Moving to Full EDI Network Replacement and Support?

- January 15, 2015 9:45 AM | Categories: Ariba, Procurement, SAP, Services and Indirect Spend

1378150916w6rzd A move we’re watching closely at Spend Matters in 2015 is SAP’s and Ariba’s continued investment in expanding its supplier/business network outside of primarily enabling indirect procurement connectivity (and now contingent/services and T&E as well with Fieldglass and Concur). Indeed, the ability to support additional transactional document types and have network-based workflow, routing and translation across different standards for direct specific use cases (e.g., change orders, goods receipting and labeling) will be central to enhanced offerings for direct spend enablement. Customers are also looking for increasing levels of integration and connectivity services from their technology partners as part of a “single throat to choke.”

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Solving the Best of Breed vs. Incumbent Sourcing Problem – Beyond Selecting Technology

- January 12, 2015 10:02 AM | Categories: Category Management, Sourcing, Technology

apple-bag-collaboration-154-820x550 I was talking to a category manager in the marketing space who I’ve known for decades about his category management plans for 2015. He had a successful year in 2014 driving value in the public relations category but was now looking at broader marketing promotions and, of course, the impact of digital marketing. His stakeholders are in multiple business units and regions, and his expanding “market basket” is becoming highly multivariate in terms of how you break it up by business unit, region and type of service (by process/sub-process; digital vs. conventional, etc.).

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Software Prices to See Tepid Escalation in the Near Term

- January 8, 2015 2:12 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from IHS. Prices for software will move up hesitantly over the next couple years. The Producer Price Index (PPI) for application software is expected to add just 0.1% per year on average in 2015 through 2017, after posting modest gains of 1% each year in the prior 3 years. The PPI for software maintenance, technical support and other services is expected to add 0.8% over the next 3 years on average, after rising just 0.1% each year in 2012 through 2014.

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3 Ways 3D Printing Will Revolutionize The Modern Supply Chain (And 1 Important Way it won’t)

Spend Matters welcomes this post by Steven P. Roth from GEP. The long heralded commercial arrival of 3D printing (3DP) is upon us, and a number of industry surveys indicate the impact of this emerging technology is anticipated to grow significantly over the next 10 years. In media related to 3DP, considerable coverage has been given to the technical capabilities and long-term potential of the technology, but little consideration has been given to how it will change the day-to-day work of supply chain, operations and procurement professionals in the immediate future.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Renewing a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement in 2015

- December 10, 2014 2:01 PM | Categories: Guest Post

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post by Jeff Muscarella, EVP, IT spend management services at NPI. It’s no secret that Microsoft is a hotbed of change right now. As the company transitions from a traditional software provider to a device and services company, the impacts can be felt in virtually every aspect of its business, including the Enterprise Agreement (EA) renewal process. Those customers that anticipate a run-of-the-mill EA renewal in 2015 will find that things are changing. New business strategies are guiding the vendor’s behavior at the negotiation table, and that opens the door for new risks and opportunities.

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