Tagged Content: Technology

How Will Payments and Supply Chains Change by 2025? – Straight Talk With Traxpay’s John Bruggeman (Part 5)

- October 2, 2014 2:25 AM | Categories: Procurement, Procurement Commentary

Wrapping up our interview series with Traxpay’s John Bruggeman, we turn to questions of risk and safeguards with new supplier payment models and conclude by examining how payments could change how supply chains look by 2025. Also see our first, second, third and fourth installments published earlier this week in this series as well. Enjoy!

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Microsoft Enterprise Agreements: Navigating the Risks

- October 1, 2014 2:28 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes another guest post from NPI, a spend management consultancy, focused on eliminating overspending on IT, telecom and shipping. As many CIOs and their teams know, Microsoft Enterprise Agreements (EAs) are challenging to decipher, manage and optimize. What used to be fairly straightforward perpetual licensing became considerably more complex when Microsoft began adding “strings” to its software assurance (SA) maintenance model. Today, assessing the value of maintaining SA on all or part of your Microsoft estate has become something akin to quant-based market analysis using supercomputers.

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Mobile Procurement and the Interim Chief Procurement Officer

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Vroozi. Holding an interim position isn’t easy. You step into a recently vacated role and are tasked with leading an established group with an established set of practices. Meanwhile, you likely have your own thoughts and ideas and would like to establish yourself as someone who can handle the position going forward—once the interim label is removed. This process is no easier when the interim person in question is the interim chief procurement officer.

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Straight Talk with Traxpay’s John Bruggeman (Part 1)

- September 26, 2014 6:33 AM | Categories: Invoicing, P2P, Procurement Commentary

Earlier this month, I had the chance to interview Traxpay’s John Bruggeman. Traxpay is an upstart with the potential to bring significant disruption to the payments sector – and significantly expand the value proposition of a range of trade financing/discounting, e-invoicing, P2P and supplier network providers. In this multi-part interview series, I’ll share the highlights from my conversation with John. Enjoy. And if you work for a bank, put on the payments flak jacket – you might need it!

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Concur and SAP/Ariba: Customer and Partner/Ecosystem Analysis and Recommendations

- September 23, 2014 10:15 AM | Categories: Analysis, Industry News, Technology

Since SAP’s announcement last week that it is buying Concur, Spend Matters has been busy covering the transaction from multiple angles. On the surface, it would be relatively easy to suggest there are more similarities than differences to SAP’s acquisition of Ariba for customers and competitors. But the transaction brings a substantially different set of variables to the equation for all parties in the market. In this Spend Matters PRO research brief, Thomas Kase, vice president of research, Jason Busch, founder and managing director, and Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer, provide analysis and an initial set of recommendations for SAP customers, Concur customers and Concur partner/ecosystem members.

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Mobile Procurement and the Modern Construction Company

- September 19, 2014 2:44 PM | Categories: Guest Post

Spend Matters welcomes a guest post from Vroozi. In some industries, the majority of the company works outside their office most of the time. It’s the nature of the business—and a necessity to their employees—to embrace the demands of a mobile business operation. When a company operates largely on the road, they need a solution as mobile as they are. For procuring items on-the-go, modern organizations are taking advantage of mobile procurement platforms for their searchability, ease-of-use, and simplified order process. Let’s look at an example: Bill owns and manages a construction company that knows no other way but to fully immerse itself in a mobile business plan. His reputable business has been around for more than 30 years and performs hundreds of projects annually.

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Supply Chain Insights: Robotics and Automation – Prepare For Operations, Procurement Disruption

- September 17, 2014 10:30 AM | Categories: Conferences, Technology

Tom Bonkenburg, head of European Operations for St. Onge, a privately held consultancy focused on supply chain strategy and logistics, gave us perhaps the most critical observation in his presentation at the Supply Chain Insights conference – why we haven’t seen more ASIMO-type automation – when he cleverly brought in an aspect of Moore’s Law that is relevant to automation. This “law” states that the price paid for a given level of computing power will be cut in half every two years – which in turn means that we are on the verge of attaining price-competitive robotics (versus humans) very soon. So which industry leaders are making this possible? This Spend Matters Plus research brief explores the potential for robotics- and automation-led disruption to forever change global supply chains and procurement – and why (and what) we should pay attention to today to get smart on the topic.

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Spend Visibility: It’s Best in the Raw

Spend Matters welcomes a guest post from Paul Blake, a sales manager at GEP. Earlier this week, I met with a prospective client to talk about spend visibility, big data. and all that good stuff. With the best of intentions of course, and having applied a very great deal of resource and brain power (and inevitably cold hard cash), this client had built a program of data capture, manipulation, and transformation, based on all sorts of rules and manual interventions all designed to make sense of their global spend patterns. I got the impression that they felt that had created a bit of a monster that they'd yet to get anything really, you know, useful out of.

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Verian Version 14 Highlights: Attacking Coupa’s Ground in the P2P Suite Wars

- September 15, 2014 3:15 PM | Categories: P2P, Purchasing, Purchasing Process

Last week, in the first installment of this Spend Matters PRO update on Verian, one of a small group of dominant P2P players in the North American middle market today, our analysis explored the technology provider’s progress in the market, including the latest on the firm by the numbers and its overall transition to a SaaS business model. We also provided a checklist to help organizations assess whether Verian is a good fit for their specific P2P needs. As our analysis continues today, Jason Busch, Managing Director, Spend Matters, turns his attention to the highlights of Verian’s latest release – Version 14. In the final installment, we will share additional industry-specific scenarios Verian can enable and provide a comparative analysis with Coupa in a chart to help companies begin to understand how these two providers are really approaching P2P from the opposite ends of the spectrum, yet at least in some cases are targeting a similar market – and, of course, which types of organizations are most likely to gravitate to one provider or the other.

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Mobile Procurement and the Landscape Entrepreneur

- September 12, 2014 3:30 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Procurement, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Vroozi.  The right mobile procurement platform can help anyone succeed in growing their business, even those who doubt their capability to help themselves. Travis was one of those lost souls who finished school and had no idea what he wanted to do with his life, let alone what he planned to do next week. Travis didn’t have any desire to take a job working for someone else’s company. Yet, with his personal finances in a serious decline, he looked for a way to go after it alone. Lacking any true trade skills, Travis […]

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Verian: Seizing Opposite Ground From Coupa in the P2P Wars (Company Update, Recommendations)

- September 12, 2014 2:35 AM | Categories: Purchasing, Purchasing Process, Technology

It’s not every day that a tech analyst gets to South Carolina (except those focused on agricultural yield improvements or manufacturing). But last week, after a meeting in Charlotte, I had the chance to drive down to Verian’s headquarters (for the first time) to meet with the management team. It was time well invested, and I thought of an interesting metaphor that helps to better understand the provider while making the trip through back roads and farmland to Verian’s modern headquarters – still considered to be in the Charlotte, North Carolina, metro area. In this Spend Matters PRO analysis, Managing Director Jason Busch provides an update on Verian, including what types of procurement and AP organizations should shortlist this provider, as well as the back roads they have to building out capability that continues to delight and surprise in a manner as impressive as – but truly different than – Coupa.

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WEBINAR this Friday! The Best-of-Breed vs. ERP Debate is Dead

- September 9, 2014 10:29 AM | Categories: Ask the Expert, Best Practice, ERP, Technology

If the debate is dead, what really matters in best-in-class procurement suites? Join Pierre Mitchell (Chief Research Officer, Spend Matters) THIS Friday, 9/12/14, from 11-11:30am Central to find out. Pierre says: "There is an old debate about tightly integrated ERP vendor suites and deep functionality from niche best-of-breed providers. We’ll say it: that debate is dead. ERP vendors (and other providers) now have fragmented application portfolios, while many best-of-breed vendors have integrated suites. Still, ERP isn't going away, and procurement needs to get best-in-class information capabilities that move at the speed of the business – not the IT department." This short-format webinar, sponsored by Ivalua, is open to all procurement practitioners - so register now!

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