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Why Marketing Contributes to a Terrible Spend Culture

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Notwithstanding the obvious differences in personality, the mutual look of incomprehension when the CMO and CFO try to explain to each other what they actually do, marketing and finance have never been particularly pally. It’s not just the stark difference in their background, it’s not even the daunting task of proving ROI on an ingenious marketing campaign to a number-crunching CFO, or the danger in committing company funds to some radical idea based on a marketer’s sudden, Steve Jobsian flash of insight into the minds of customers. The things that can cause an ugly spat between marketing and finance are actually much more prosaic.

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What is Market Intelligence, and is it Relevant to Procurement?

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As procurement takes on increased strategic importance within companies, purchasing professionals are being asked to do even more with their limited time. This is especially true when sourcing direct materials, which requires keen attention to many changing economic factors outside of the organization. To make the best decisions possible without falling behind, procurement must ensure it has access to and effectively uses supply market intelligence. To help practitioners understand why, this three-part series first outlines the key pillars of market intelligence, explaining why companies seek out this capability. It then explores why market intelligence matters to procurement, and concludes with an analysis of why businesses should seek help from a third-party provider to build out a market intelligence program.

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Why Mid-Size Companies Need On-Demand Solutions to Conquer Tail Spend

Procurement has firmly entered the tail spend era, and with necessary tools now available to tackle this persistent purchasing problem, supply organizations are finally consolidating costs, cracking down on unauthorized spend and clawing back lost time to deliver real value to their businesses. At least, that’s what the picture is starting to look like at large manufacturers and corporates. Within the typical mid-size firm, however, addressing tail spend still eludes many procurement organizations. The issue is less a challenge of capability than finding a solution that fits their unique business needs.

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Italy and the Real-Time VAT Control Big Bang

Electronic invoicing is on the decline — and rapidly so. No, I don’t mean companies have started exchanging fewer invoices in electronic format. I mean that the domain that we have in the past 15 years called “e-invoicing” is converging with the broader VAT compliance domain. Together, the two are morphing into what might be called “VAT compliance v2.0.”

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Infographic: How to Lead Your Procurement Organization to Analytics Mastery

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The expert use of enterprise analytics is a key component of any modern business strategy. But while leading companies have adopted analytics systems across functions — from operations to sales and HR — many procurement organizations have had to wait their turn to start their own analytics journeys. As procurement climbs the ranks of strategic importance to the business, practitioners will need to begin to quickly find the data, insights and strategies that will take them from backroom processing to strategic advisor in the boardroom — and there’s no better place to start that journey than by getting a handle on your contracts. Check out the infographic within to learn how to start your journey!

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Private Equity Procurement Optimization: Spend Visibility is Foundational for Accelerated EBITDA Improvement

Procurement optimization has become one of the most important EBITDA improvement levers for private equity firms and their operating partners. With investment valuations on the rise, private equity firms are increasingly relying on implementing operational efficiencies to quickly accelerate savings and maximize profits — and focusing in on procurement is becoming the “go-to” strategy. In addition, extended hold times of portfolio companies and lower management fees due to less capital being deployed on a regular basis has led to PE firms to ask their operating partners to do more with less.

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What Middle-Market Businesses Need From E-Procurement Providers

When it comes to designing e-procurement systems, software providers have largely focused on serving the needs of the large enterprise while ignoring the needs of the middle market. The situation isn’t hopeless, though. As the number of pursuable customers in the large enterprise space begins to dwindle, e-procurement providers will need to change their strategies to attract the SMEs that are not well served by current offerings. To do that, they should focus on three key areas to convert middle market skeptics into e-procurement advocates.

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Shopping Online for Services Through E-Catalogs

We all have purchased something from online shopping portals. Can the same experience be replicated across procurement categories? Especially, when it comes to indirect services categories, which are hard to structure or commoditize? Organizations are constantly discovering ways to make the procurement process simpler, efficient and effective. There is a potential to bring a lot of contracts under managed spend instead of spot buying. Procurement managers usually spend a lot of time either negotiating for a better price or requesting services from suppliers. Catalog buying is being viewed as a solution to these procurement issues.

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Have You Lost the Route to Your Legal Archives in the API Economy?

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The corporate journey to using the emerging cloud ecosystem of discrete microservices will see critical business process and transaction evidence archived in disparate third-party storage services. Here’s why, and how, TrustWeaver is working to make sure that such fragmentation doesn’t become a compliance or productivity problem for companies.

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Will Procurement Automation be Transformed by Compulsory Real-Time Tax Controls?

Companies should be preparing for a world where government requirements for real-time transaction controls will be a major force in shaping the business-to-business (B2B) transaction automation systems of the future. With cloud becoming the principal deployment model for managing different types of B2B transactions, this revolution toward much-reduced freedom for companies to specify their process requirements can be expected to transform the way companies interact and contract with solution vendors. Let me explain through a couple of scenarios.

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The Biggest Benefit of On-Demand Talent Is Growth, Not Cost Containment

By now, most procurement leaders have heard about the high-end gig economy—and how freelance knowledge workers can help them steer complex, strategic initiatives on a project basis. The companies that have grown up to serve this new ecosystem, Business Talent Group included, often point to things like cost-efficiency when making a case for on-demand talent. Freelance knowledge workers carry the pedigree of top consulting firms without the overhead, goes this argument. It stands to reason they can take on the same work for substantially less money. But the biggest benefit to on-demand talent isn’t cost containment, in my view. It’s capturing scarce talent, moving more nimbly, and positioning your company for growth in fast-changing markets.

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Driving Sustainability and Compliance (Part 3): Managing Multi-Tier Risk and Opportunity

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This post is the last in a three-part series. Click here to read part 1 and part 2.

The process of launching IntegrityNext gave our team an amazing opportunity to connect with supply chain sustainability and compliance managers worldwide. We heard about challenges and targets as well as priorities for today and concerns about tomorrow. Regardless of industry or company size, professionals have immediately engaged, driven by their desire to improve the working and living conditions of supplier organizations and the communities they are based in. One of the questions that we heard most often was about multi-tier supplier sustainability and compliance: what does this mean and why is it important?