We all hear about the rise of social collaboration in business beyond just posting our résumés on LinkedIn. Many of us are likely using at least a few social tools in our personal lives — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat. Even more are using social tools built on peer-to-peer and crowdsourcing-type models. For example, UberX or UberPool have become ubiquitous as crowdsourcing a method of getting from Point A to Point B using peers rather than professionals. Yet in business — and especially within procurement — social collaboration has been largely limited to the use of LinkedIn or rudimentary collaboration capabilities built into select procurement technologies.more ▸
If you’ve pored over the trends behind the 50 Providers to Watch and 50 Providers to Know lists over the past three years — as we have in recent weeks — then you may be asking yourself some interesting questions. Here’s one that got us thinking.more ▸
Spend Matters welcomes this sponsored article from Susan Zhou, demand gen marketing manager at DocuSign.
At DocuSign’s recent MOMENTUM’16 user conference, a packed room of procurement innovators enjoyed a special session aimed at their top needs for 2016. Titled “Keeping Pace with Procurement Leaders,” the breakout featured real-life stories from users of e-signature technology, how they embedded it within current systems and, more importantly, promoted wide adoption.
Randstad Japan, a division of the world's second-largest HR service provider, and on-demand workforce platform provider Gigwalk recently announced a partnership that will inject on-demand platform technology into an established temporary staffing business to achieve faster placements, lower transaction costs and meet client needs that could not be supported with a traditional staffing model. The program is being rolled out across all of Japan, where there is a labor shortage, especially in the food service and retail industries.more ▸
I’ve personally gotten a dozen notes or calls from people I know in the past few days asking “why weren’t we” on the Spend Matters 2016 50/50 “Watch” and “Know” lists. Some were polite. Others less so. I know that my colleagues have gotten similar lines of questioning as well. Inevitably, any list or ranking of vendors or solution provider will result in happy and unhappy people and providers. It comes with the territory.more ▸
Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Brad Martin, director of product marketing at PRO Unlimited.
Over the past several years, the workforce has dramatically evolved in parallel with the technologies that support both a mobile and connected workforce. Today's "mobile workforce" is growing exponentially, and the rise in mobility demands that enterprise applications not only have a comprehensive mobile strategy, but also offer fully featured omnichannel experiences.
Contingent workforce management solution provider PRO Unlimited is celebrating 25 years of being in business. The contingent workforce industry has changed a lot in the last two years, let alone the last two-and-a-half decades. Andrew Schultz, PRO Unlimited co-founder and chief executive officer, shared his insights with Spend Matters on how contingent workforce management has evolved over the years, as well as how the technology has adapted to respond to the rising demands of customers.more ▸
Join Spend Matters thought leaders Jason Busch, founder and head of strategy, and Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer, as they walk you through the selection of this year's 50 Providers to Watch and 50 Providers to Know lists, and the conception of the Spend Matters Almanac. Vendor Intelligence: Spend Matters' Providers to Watch and Know in 2016 will take place Tuesday, May 31 at 11 a.m. CDT. You can register for this event here.more ▸
Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Joe Yacura, formerly CPO of Fannie Mae, and Ken Hamilton, associate director of new growth platforms at Cognizant.
New roles and challenges mean procurement teams need systems that are capable of operating at a high-level of intelligence to make real-time, autonomous decisions.
We’ll be summarizing our current and comparative analysis of Coupa as well as our Inspire 2016 takeaways from the hundreds of company, partner and customer conversations that the Spend Matters team had at the event this week in a more detailed Spend Matters PRO analysis in the coming days. But as our team wraps up the week and a truly an excellent event, I thought it would make sense to pose an almost rhetorical question: Might Coupa actually slow down to speed up?more ▸
If you're a regular here at Spend Matters, then you've probably heard about our 50/50 lists. Compiled each year by our analyst team, these lists represent the old guard of procurement as well as exciting up and coming players to keep an eye on. This year we've added new provider categories (Services Procurement, Contingent Workforce Management, Trade Financing and Healthcare Procurement, just to name a few) and want to tell you all about what goes into creating these lists. Join Jason Busch, founder and head of strategy, and Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer, for Vendor Intelligence: Spend Matters' Providers to Watch and Know in 2016 on Tuesday, May 31 at 11 a.m. CDT.more ▸
I have finally reached a week without travel and a moment when I can look back on the IQNsiders event in Washington, D.C., and reflect. And I find myself with two main thoughts. First, I realized how far — according to my observations — IQN has come in the past few years.more ▸