Some Practical Advice on Improving Stakeholder Engagement

One of the afternoon tracks on Day 2 of ProcureCon Indirect covered the theme of stakeholder engagement and management, and it kicked off with an […]

Procurement With A Purpose – Launching Our New Paper

We are delighted to announce the publication of our new White Paper, produced in conjunction with SAP Ariba and titled “Procurement with a Purpose -  […]

Intelligent Procurement Requires Intelligent Procurement Solutions: Defining Artificial Intelligence Capabilities to Expect from Software Providers (Part 1) [PRO]

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In this Spend Matters PRO analysis, we’ll cover a few dozen of our AI-related functional requirements extracted from more than 400 requirements (and growing) in our current SolutionMap database, which we use to evaluate many dozens of providers. If you’re a practitioner, you can infuse these requirements into your ongoing provider selections and into your own in-house capability development (e.g., within an analytics CoE). Of course, if you use the capabilities from our “palette” of requirements, you also can augment [...]

New Crown Commercial Service Consultancy Framework – What Will Drive Value?

Last week, the Crown Commercial Service (the UK government’s central procurement arm) finally issued the tender documents for the remaining “Lots” that form their management […]

SAP Ariba LIVE – Day Two In Amsterdam and Procurement With Purpose

The second day of Sap Ariba LIVE in Amsterdam didn’t start well with a 4-mile coach journey from hotel to conference which took 51 minutes […]

CIPS Fellows – Subsidised Or Overcharged? And Where Next For Fellowship?

Our article last week about the CIPS Fellows Royal Mail visit and the “Mail Rail” prompted some good comments, sparked off by a somewhat tongue […]

BidMode: Vendor Introduction (Part 2) — Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and SWOT [PRO]

This Spend Matters PRO Vendor Introduction continues our initial coverage of BidMode, a recent entrant in the sourcing optimization sector. If you’re curious about how BidMode stacks up on a comparative basis to Coupa, Jaggaer, Keelvar and others in the Sourcing Optimizer persona, you’ll need to wait until our Q2 2018 SolutionMap release, in which EC Sourcing — with BidMode pre-integrated — features its optimization capability. This two-part Spend Matters PRO Vendor Introduction provides a candid take on BidMode and [...]

Insight from Sue Williams, Hostage Negotiator (Part 2) – Tips for Procurement

Yesterday we started telling you about the keynote from Sue Williams at ProcureCon Indirect last week. Williams is an experienced hostage negotiator, but gave us […]

SAP Ariba LIVE – Day One In Amsterdam

Good morning from Amsterdam!  Copenhagen last week, Amsterdam this – but very much a flying visit, in at lunchtime yesterday, out at 7pm tonight, after […]

Insight and Great Stories from Hostage Negotiator Sue Williams – ProcureCon Indirect Highlights

If you saw Sue Williams in the street, you couldn't possibly know what an important role she plays in society. She appears to be a […]

LexisNexis Entity Insight: Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background and Solution Overview [PRO]

Almost overnight it seems that the supply risk management (SRM) solution area has exploded with new options. Available solutions fall into a range of categories. On one end of the spectrum, technology suite vendors are adding basic supplier risk functionality, providing what amounts to a starter package for procurement organizations to quickly “risk categorize” their suppliers. While solutions like this may lack the feature and monitoring depth that more advanced procurement and supply chain organizations may require, they deliver a [...]

Why Category Management Needs to be Aligned and Flexible – Our New Paper

We’re pleased to launch a new briefing paper we’ve developed in conjunction with our friends at Comensura, the leading “vendor neutral” services management company. It’s […]