Tagged Content: Technology

Retaining Power in Cloud and Large IT Contract Renewals

- March 4, 2015 2:01 PM | Categories: Cloud, Contract Management, Guest Post

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article from NPI. In talking with numerous IT and sourcing leaders, one thing is consistent, they all dread contract or maintenance renewals with major vendors like Microsoft, Oracle, SFDC, Adobe, IBM, Cisco and many more. In most cases, it’s because they feel as though they have limited options and are at the vendor's mercy. As more IT vendors focus on the siren song of Wall Street – recurring revenue models – they have moved away from highly customizable offerings that allow customers to buy only what they need, when they need it.

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Create and Use Big Data: Dispatch From Procurement Leaders’ America’s Congress

IMG_2215 I’m at the Procurement Leaders' America's Congress in Miami today. Having sat through the morning sessions so far, I can say the trip has been worth it already, not even factoring into the one-on-one discussions and catch-up with old faces and new. Indeed, the number of ideas and takeaways I’ve jotted down from the keynotes has been off the charts. Rio Tinto’s Managing Director and CPO Ramsay Chu stole the show this morning with story after story about data-centered initiatives including how to create and source new information that can take analytical problem solving in entirely new levels.

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Indirect Spend Challenge No. 2: Technology is Not Optimized for the Actual Customer

tumblr_n3iu6mHZXC1sfie3io1_1280 Earlier in the week, I wrote an article on the notion that procurement doesn’t manage indirect spend – our suppliers and stakeholders do. This is really the first major challenge we face in bringing chaos to indirect spend today (outside of perhaps our largest categories). The second major indirect spend challenge we see is that technology is often optimized for procurement (the buyer) rather than the actual consumer or the end user in the business.

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Negotiating Mobile Communications Services in Latin America

- March 3, 2015 1:59 PM | Categories: Guest Post

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Ana Gomez of GEP. For many organizations, the mobile service is starting to be an important tool for their employees. Like the rest of the world, Latin America is turning increasingly toward mobile solutions and away from the traditional telephony. The mobile penetration in the region has reached an estimated 115% against the global rate of 96%. America Movil is the leader, followed by Telefonica. America Movil and Telefonica had competed in most of the Latin America countries. There are other competitors in the region, but between these 2 companies, they serve around the 61% of the region’s mobile users.

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SAP and Cloud P2P Integration: Putting Compliance First

- February 24, 2015 6:13 AM | Categories: ERP, P2P, SAP

abstract-dark-red-technology-background-111413C50B5CD94C Compliance with business policies such as approved vendors, spending limits, approvals, etc., are well supported by leading P2P vendors, including Ariba, Coupa, Ivalua and many others. The improvements in adoption seen with easy-to-use solutions may, in fact, bring a greater degree of compliance. For example, companies may see improvements in the amount of spend that is truly pre-approved vs. having POs created after the fact simply to comply with “no PO, no pay” policies. Companies that achieve good end-to-end business integration across the spend management process will see a huge upside in terms of improving visibility into their liabilities and a better ability to close the books in an accurate and timely way.

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SAP, Oracle and ERP Integration With P2P – Advanced MDM Scenarios

- February 23, 2015 6:36 AM | Categories: ERP, P2P, SAP

Digital-background-10251366AB4BB4C1 copy Successful P2P implementation and integration relies on many surrounding business process and application areas. Many of these related solutions also benefit from a Master Data Management (MDM) approach. MDM defines which solution becomes the “keeper of record” and which fields are the “golden masters” for other systems to reference. Integration is a key aspect of this, of course, and organizations should ideally start to think about these MDM elements during P2P and ERP integration planning.

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Deploying SAP and Coupa at the Same Time: A P2P Case Approach (Benefits and Lessons Learned)

- February 19, 2015 10:17 AM | Categories: Analysis, ERP, P2P, SAP

desk-notebook-notes-3059 Lately, we have been chronicling the deployment case study of an organization that deployed a new ERP (SAP) and P2P (Coupa) system at the same time. In wrapping up the deployment lessons learned and benefits from this user, a number of key findings emerge.

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SNCF Sees Savings With Sievo: A Procurement Case Study

- February 19, 2015 6:21 AM | Categories: Analysis, Procurement, Savings Tracking, Technology, Vendor Snapshots

calculating-calculation-calculator-3305 A Spend Matters UK case study looks at how SNCF implemented the Sievo software that helps organizations track, measure and manage savings and the benefits the company has seen since. If you are interested in procurement savings, the case study is well worth 10 minutes of your time.

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Deploying SAP and Coupa at the Same Time: A P2P Case Approach (Lessons From the Trenches)

- February 18, 2015 9:39 AM | Categories: Analysis, P2P, Technology

highway-lights-night-1290 Recently, we have been profiling the highlights of a Coupa P2P implementation that went in parallel with an SAP deployment at a high-growth company. From a launch (and post-launch) tactics and change management perspective, the organization had many tips to share based on its own experience. For one, the company kept a war room for the first 2 weeks after go-live, but quickly closed it – there were no P2P issues needing involvement based on the careful planning upfront.

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Deploying SAP and Coupa at the Same Time: A P2P Case Approach (Implementing Without Consultants)

- February 17, 2015 9:47 AM | Categories: Analysis, P2P, SAP

alley-ball-bowl-4192 copy Implementing P2P and ERP systems at the same time is a recipe for uncertainty. Or so it used to be. But one organization Spend Matters recently interviewed decided to go live with both a new SAP and Coupa environment at the same time. Granted, the e-procurement rollout did not happen overnight – nor did the selection process. It took the company 6 months to go from evaluation to deciding on implementing Coupa. Ambitiously, it launched with SAP and Coupa at the same time

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Implementing SAP and Coupa at the Same Time: A Case Approach (Background)

- February 16, 2015 9:38 AM | Categories: Analytics, eProcurement / Procurement, ERP

hands holding jigsaw In recent years, it would be committing corporate career suicide for a CPO or IT leader to implement an entirely new ERP system and a third-party e-procurement toolset at the same time. But times change – as do implementation technology risks. One organization Spend Matters recently spoke with as a decade-long user of Oracle iProcurement – and then (around 18 months prior to this writing) decided that a technology refresh with an expanded set of capabilities was needed. The organization primarily shortlisted its options to SAP, Oracle, Ariba and Coupa. Oracle Fusion didn’t seem to have sufficient integration across modules at the time, and other providers didn’t seem powerful enough.

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Microsoft’s Evolution to the Cloud Creates License and Cost Management Challenges for Enterprise Customers

- February 11, 2015 1:09 PM | Categories: Cloud, Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes another guest post from Jeff Muscarella, partner, IT and telecommunications, at NPI, a spend management consultancy, focused on eliminating overspending on IT, telecom and shipping. As Microsoft moves to the cloud at a rapid pace, big changes are ahead for enterprise customers – the majority of which still rely on Microsoft’s traditional (on-premise) software products for productivity. Some customers are already feeling the vendor’s growing pains as Microsoft dives headlong into a cloud-first business strategy while continuing to support their traditional software business (and loyalists).

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