Tagged Content: Technology

Online Marketplaces: Using Consumer-Inspired Technology in the Business Procurement Process

- May 30, 2015 7:10 AM | Categories: Guest Post, Innovation, Procurement, Sourcing, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Amanda Taylor, marketing manager for KWIPPED.com. Sharing economy tactics have taken the consumer world by storm. You can easily rent someone's apartment in New York City or catch a ride from an Uber driver in Denver. Consumerism is becoming a collaborative, yet fluid process, backed by technological advances. Considering that 78% of the US population age 15 and older are currently making purchases online, it's safe to say consumers are well versed in the use of technology to make everyday purchases. Amazon has even unleashed its “dash button,” which allows Amazon Prime members to automatically reorder common household items by pressing an actual physical button (hopefully strategically positioned away from children and pets).

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RFID and the Supply Chain: How the Technology Is Increasingly Being Used By Procurement

- May 28, 2015 2:02 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Supply Chain Visibility, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Jeff Freedman, CTO at ESM Solutions. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is one of the major technologies that will become ubiquitous in the supply chain and is poised to have a dramatic impact. RFID technology has actually been around since the 1970s, but it has only started to have a real effect on the supply chain within the past few years, and its use is expected to increase as a means of tracking goods and assets.

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New Purchasing Technology: Using Tools That Delight Rather Than Distract

- May 21, 2015 2:17 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Vroozi. Before smartphones, many mobile phone models required you to push big, bulky buttons in order to dictate an action on your phone’s screen. There were no touchscreen capabilities. There were few graphics. There were few bells – and even fewer whistles. Today’s phones can render beautiful images from Internet sources and advanced digital cameras. They make it possible to voice chat, text chat and video chat. They can store vast amounts of music, video and photo files. Digital personal assistants can input or retrieve information from your phone for you, or they can search the web on your behalf.

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A Procurement Manifesto: Article 1 – Technology in Our Personal Lives

- May 19, 2015 8:36 AM | Categories: Procurement Commentary, Technology

VVSESFW1MS I spent the better part of the first few months of the year wracking my brain to distill a lot of ideas – with the input of the Vroozi team – on a new procurement manifesto that spoke to how procurement and procurement technology will change to reflect the world we are living in today. The list of articles in the manifesto (which we may expand with further input in a second edition) currently stands at 20. In the coming weeks, I’ll share each of the articles on Spend Matters and also offer up some additional thoughts as well. In the meantime, you can download the full essay here: Declaration of the New Purchasing.

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CSR: Do You Use Environmentally Friendly Laptops? Can You Replace Batteries?

- May 15, 2015 6:19 AM | Categories: Friday Rant, Sustainability, Technology

3G2JR4U6QK My Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (aka MBPr) is losing its charge – otherwise it's largely been a champ so far since Jason and I each bought one the very first day they came out in 2012. There have been some bugs along the way (e.g. WiFi and Bluetooth don't always like each other, and some unexpected crashes), but overall it has been a good relationship. As is expected with all battery-powered devices (remember that prospective electric car buyers!), eventually the charge doesn't last. Early on, I got a solid 8 hours out of my MacBook battery, maybe even 10 hours or more sometimes, especially on dark planes with the screen dimmed down. Now, however, 3 hours or so, and it’s shutting down.

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Elegance And Simplicity of New Purchasing: Mobile Payments

- May 14, 2015 2:03 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Sponsored Article, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this Sponsored article from Vroozi. Are you still working harder, not smarter? Are you still drawn to solutions that make procurement and other business functions more complicated than they need to be? As Vroozi professed in a recent article about its jointly produced paper with Spend Matters, called Declaration of the New Purchasing: A Buying Manifesto, “complexity will yield to elegance and simplicity.” But, how does that “elegance and simplicity” lead to innovation? In this post, we’ll explore how even the concept of payments has become more elegant in the world of New Purchasing.

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Does IBM Emptoris, Coupa Announcement Raise More Partnership Questions Than Answers?

QED8GG50PU Earlier this week at Empower, the annual IBM procurement event, IBM Emptoris and Coupa announced a broader sales and distribution partner agreement, one built on top of a previous partnership between the 2 vendors. The IBM team told Spend Matters that the 2 providers have approximately 6 clients in common right now, including a large financial services client. The partnership goes beyond a distribution agreement from an IBM perspective and also includes joint API-based and pre-built connector development that is in progress.

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Four Questions to Ask if Microsoft Buys Salesforce (or During Any Mega-Acquisition)

- May 13, 2015 2:24 PM | Categories: Contract Management, Guest Post, M&A, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes another guest post by Jeff Muscarella, Partner, IT and Telecommunications, from NPI, a spend management consultancy, focused on eliminating overspending on IT, telecom and shipping. Will Microsoft buy Salesforce.com? It’s a $50 billion dollar question stemming from Bloomberg’s recent report that Salesforce has been approached with a solid acquisition offer. The prospective buyer remains a mystery, but names like Oracle and Microsoft have been floating around. Out of these 2, Microsoft appears to have the most to gain. The company has been very vocal about its cloud and mobility ambitions as of late, and there are few IT vendors out there that complement these ambitions better than Salesforce. Of course, a buyout may never come to pass, which is fine for many Salesforce fans who would like to see the Force.com platform remain unencumbered by Microsoft, Oracle or any other “legacy” vendor.

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Why Enterprise-Wide Software Deployments Are Not Always ‘Enterprise-Wise’

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Jeffrey Jones, account manager at with CobbleStone Systems Corporation. The thought of an enterprise-wide software deployment is alluring for both sides of the deal. You have the opportunity to employ a transformative and efficient change in the organization. The sales representative has the opportunity to gain recognition from his or her employer and a likely large commission check. Enterprise-wide appears to be a winning strategy from the outset – a silver bullet. Some organizations are able to pull it off without a hitch. Unfortunately, just as many organizations find this strategy ending in gridlock.

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CloudDDM Gives Boost to 3D Printing Supply Chain – Opens 100-Printer Factory in Louisville

- May 8, 2015 8:07 AM | Categories: Industry News, Innovation, Outsourcing, Technology

cloudDDM_550 CloudDDM is disrupting the 3D printing industry by setting up a 100-printer factory in UPS’ worldwide supply chain solutions campus in Louisville, Kentucky. A leader in additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it’s more commonly known, CloudDDM is currently operating the high-tech 3D printers running 24 hours, 7 days a week in the Louisville campus. CloudDDM’s founder Mitch Free said the factory has just 3 employees – one for each of the 8-hour shifts throughout the day. UPS handles packaging and shipping of parts and prototypes created using CloudDDM. Free said the facility can turn around orders that typically take a week to complete in 24 hours.

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Bringing Elegance and Simplicity to Problem Solving and Enterprise Technology Adoption

Spend Matters welcomes this Sponsored article from Vroozi. There’s an old expression, “Don’t work harder; work smarter.” Old as it may be, this is one of the adages of New Purchasing: The answer to complexity does not have to be more complexity. Is this not the reason for enterprise technology? Organizations adopt solutions that enable their employees to work more quickly, more efficiently and with better organization. Really, this is the same reason that many people adopt technology in their personal lives, as well.

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IQNavigator and iTeam Partnership Bringing Service-as-a-Product to a Business Near You

3G4UG8C2U7 (1) It’s a service, it’s a product – no, it’s SaaP! The recently announced partnership between IQNavigator and iTeam (a unique service provider of specific on-premise IT services) should be carefully noted by contingent workforce category managers. It reflects the continuing substantiation and legitimization of an emerging labor services sourcing/fulfillment model (“productized services,” called by some SaaP or Service-as-a-Product). While similar in many ways to the already well-established model of SOW, SaaP is a model that appears to take things to another level – in terms of (a) current technology, process and performance as well as the longer-term implications of how this model might develop and extend.

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