Tagged Content: Technology

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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Mobile Procurement and the National Hotel Purchasing Manager

- December 5, 2014 2:08 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Procurement, Procurement Strategy & Planning

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Vroozi. When you work for a national hotel chain, the country may seem just a little bit smaller. Many of the decision-makers at these organizations are used to checking in from the road, though they are certainly afforded all of the finer amenities that come with a mobile lifestyle. With mobile procurement, professionals from all industries can feel that same sense of nomadic comfort.

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AWS Unveils Simplified, Flexible Pricing for Cloud Services

- December 3, 2014 2:15 PM | Categories: Cost Management, Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post by Jeff Muscarella, EVP, IT Spend Management Services at NPI, a spend management consultancy, focused on eliminating overspending on IT, telecom and shipping. The cloud pricing war between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google just intensified. Yesterday, AWS announced new pricing options for its Reserved EC2 Instances (RIs) in what appears to be an effort to secure a more steady revenue stream for its business while providing more pricing flexibility to customers.

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SAP and Ariba Take A Baby Step Toward Making the Network “Free” for SMBs

- November 28, 2014 6:24 AM | Categories: Analysis, ERP, P2P, SAP

Earlier this month, SAP and Ariba took what might be described as “baby steps” toward creating the Ariba supplier network for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). In an announcement from SAP marketing, the procurement and ERP provider notes that: "SMEs can also connect to Ariba Network free of charge … Using the network, businesses of all sizes are able to connect with a global network of partners anywhere, at any time, from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively." Further commentary on the announcement comes courtesy of coverage in a channel-centric trade publication that notes during its global SME summit, “SAP announced some new initiatives specifically targeted at its smaller customers and the channel partners who serve them.”

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Choosing Procurement Technology – Where Maturity Meets Solutions

Selecting procurement technology that grows with an organization as it matures is no easy feat. This Spend Matters brief, Part 2 in a series on the topic, explores how to think about evaluating and selecting procurement technology that “grows with you” based on the typical technology needs and buying criteria for procurement organizations at different stages of maturity.

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Mobile Procurement and the Local Fresh Food Market

- November 21, 2014 2:23 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Vroozi. Mobile procurement provides many advantages over more old-fashioned, rigid ways of conducting business supplier transactions. Among the many advantages of mobile procurement is the ability to quickly and efficiently procure the newest items. When you own a local fresh food market, this is more than half the battle.

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Microsoft Unveils User Subscription License for Windows

- November 19, 2014 2:08 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Forrest Silverman, Director of Client Services at NPI, a spend management consultancy focused on eliminating overspending on IT, telecom and shipping. It’s no secret that trends in mobility and BYOD have tested Microsoft’s licensing models. But the vendor appears to be tackling the challenge head on with new options for volume purchasers. Recently, Microsoft announced Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) – a subscription-based, per-user licensing option for its most popular productivity services.

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Mobile Procurement and the Early Lunch

- November 14, 2014 2:32 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Procurement

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Vroozi. While many people are aware of the benefits of mobile procurement when on-the-road and on-the-go, few are aware as to just how useful mobile procurement can be when right inside the office. Recently, a chief procurement officer (CPO) was looking ahead to the next fiscal year and decided he needed to be a bit more mindful of his department’s current state of affairs. Knowing that he had a great staff working under him, he decided to take the precaution of meeting with one of his senior team members to review their situation.

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Mobile Procurement and the Expanding Small Business

- October 31, 2014 2:25 PM | Categories: Guest Post

When we last saw Andy, the Small Business Owner, he had left behind his once-promising career as an accountant to immerse himself in his true passion as a baker. Andy understood that embracing something that he truly enjoyed doing wouldn’t necessarily make his career transition an easy one, but he was smart enough and passionate enough to develop his concept into a sustainable business.

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Could Proper Procurement Have Saved Apple and GT Advanced?

By now, you’re probably well aware of the Apple and GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) debacle that’s been all over the news headlines. In case you haven’t been following this, GTAT makes sapphire manufacturing equipment and had hoped to also sell some special sapphire glass made from its most advanced equipment to Apple (there’s a cool video here on how the crystal is made). The $578 million exclusive contract was loaded with penalties, namely $50M per incident of any IP violation, and involved a series of milestone payments as production scaled up.

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Clear The Decks! – A Technology Transformation Is On Its Way

- October 28, 2014 2:21 PM | Categories: Cloud, Guest Post, Innovation, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Paul Blake of GEP.In his seminal works of a dystopian near future, William Gibson wrote about mobile computing. In his “Sprawl” stories, the protagonists operate decks built by Hitachi and Suzuki. With the exception of the jargon and the brands, Gibson’s prediction of the laptop bearing an East Asian logo was spot on, as was his conceptualization of the Internet. In 1984 it was fantasy, by 1994 it seemed like prophecy. But by 2014, at least in terms of the tech, the world of “Neuromancer” and “Count Zero” is like a “yesterday that could have been” rather than “a tomorrow that may be.”

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Understand Your Use Case First – Develop Later! Yes, that Goes For You Too, Google!

- October 24, 2014 2:45 AM | Categories: Friday Rant, Technology

Don't you just hate it when applications and web-based SaaS solutions look cool, but once you start using them, you run into issues with the slick buttons (having to click once on everything to figure out what the icon means) or you just can't figure out where a certain feature is (assuming it even exists, but how can you know for sure?). "Mystery meat" is what I call these features.

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