Tagged Content: Technology

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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Computer Prices Continue Their Inexorable Decline

- October 23, 2014 2:19 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from IHS. Average selling prices (ASPs) in all categories of computers are expected to slip over the next several years, even as the qualities of the computers continues to rise – faster processors, more memory, more storage. ASPs for personal computers including desktops, laptops and entry-level servers are expected to average a 0.7% drop in 2014 and 2015, while enterprise servers are forecast to decline 1.9% each year on average during that period.

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Cracked, Scratched and Even Dunked: Why BYODD (Bring Your Own Damaged Device) is Now the Norm

- October 17, 2014 2:19 PM | Categories: Best Practice, Guest Post, Technology

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post by David C. Wyld of Southeastern Louisiana University. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is certainly one of the megatrends of IT today. The stats on the degree to which most of us are merging the personal and work use of all of our smart gizmos - our smartphones, our tablets and our laptops are truly amazing. Gartner has recently forecast that by 2017, half of all employers will no longer provide mobile devices to their employees, but rely instead on BYOD. Where is all this leading?

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Cloud: “It’s All Hype”

- October 15, 2014 2:25 AM | Categories: Analytics, Cloud, Technology

file0001433798878 In Part 1, we read about some of the details that lurk under the surface of the deceptively simple “cloud” label. Part 2 has the first half of our exclusive interview with Steve Brooke – serial CTO at Procuri, CombineNet and other firms – and his comments on cloud, SaaS and what is important when developing as well as buying scalable, reliable cloud solutions. This final part concludes the interview with Steve, and wraps up with some takeaways for buyers looking for cloud solutions.

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Who is the Cloud(iest) or SaaS(iest)? Is This Even Important When Selecting Solutions?

- October 13, 2014 6:29 AM | Categories: Analysis, Cloud

1352897504yg3vl-1 In Part 1 of this three-part series, Thomas Kase, vice president of research for Spend Matters, talks about "what is cloud" - what it means and how to "cut through the hype." What tools in cloud solutions are necessary and actually make a difference? Stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3, as well.

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Global Market and Future Goals: BravoSolution’s New CEO Speaks Out – The Spend Matters Interview (Part 3)

- October 9, 2014 2:49 AM | Categories: Spend Management, Supply Management, Technology

13900884393bkpr-1 Jim Wetekamp, BravoSolution’s recently appointed CEO, is no stranger to the depths of procurement solutions and technology. Jason Busch, Spend Matters founder and managing director, first got his taste of Jim’s handiwork when he was working for a competitor to FreeMarkets, Atlas Commerce, which was acquired by VerticalNet. Jim has since focused on a variety of solution and commercial areas as that original entity morphed into something that would have been difficult to imagine at the time of the original analyst research into the procurement market. In this three-part interview series, Jason and Peter Smith, managing director of Spend Matters UK/Europe, delve into Jim’s and BravoSolution’s current focus in global markets and its future plans.

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Expanding Into Upstream Supply Management: BravoSolution’s New CEO Speaks Out – The Spend Matters Interview (Part 2)

- October 8, 2014 10:02 AM | Categories: Spend Management, Supply Management, Technology

1410735813pl8ep Jason Busch, founder and managing director of Spend Matters, has known BravoSolution’s new CEO Jim Wetekamp for nearly 15 years, meeting around the time when they both first entered the procurement market. In this three-part interview series, Jason, along with Peter Smith, managing director of Spend Matters UK/Europe, quiz Jim on his background and discusses BravoSolution’s current position in the market and it’s ambitions. Also see Part 1 of the interview as well.   Spend Matters: What is the largest solutions-focused opportunity for BravoSolution today? Jim Wetekamp: This very much depends upon a market-by-market case since each region is different. However, […]

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BravoSolution’s New CEO Speaks Out – The Spend Matters Interview (Part 1)

- October 7, 2014 10:54 AM | Categories: Spend Management, Supply Management, Technology

file000489793623 Spend Matters Founder and Managing Director Jason Busch recently sat down with BravoSolution’s new CEO Jim Wetekamp at his office in Chicago. Peter Smith, managing director of Spend Matters UK/Europe, was also part of the discussion via teleconference. In this three-part series, Jason and Peter asked Jim to provide some insight on his background for our readers, where he sees BravoSolution today and opportunities for the future. Enjoy!

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Verian Solution Highlights Continued (Part 3)

- October 7, 2014 2:34 AM | Categories: Analysis, P2P, Vendor Snapshots, Verian Technologies

In the first and second installments of this series, the Spend Matters analyst team provided core insight into Verian, a fast growing P2P provider. In Part 3 of this research brief, Thomas Kase continues his analysis from the recent Verian customer conference and Verian’s new solution strengths and weaknesses.

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The New Verian 14 – Bringing Unique Assets to the Table (Part 2)

- October 6, 2014 6:16 AM | Categories: Analysis, P2P, Vendor Snapshots, Verian Technologies

In the first installment of this series, the Spend Matters analyst team provided core insight into Verian, a fast growing P2P provider. In this research brief, Thomas Kase continues his analysis from the recent Verian customer conference, delving into Verian’s solution strengths and weaknesses while also providing key takeaways for our Spend Matters PRO members.

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