Down the Procurement Pub Debate with the Crown Marketplace (Maybe Not Dead After All), SAP Ariba, Comensura, Jaggaer in Munich and the Go-Go’s

We wrote here about the Comensura workshop last week looking at how to make contingent labour and other category strategies appropriate to your organisation – […]

Digital Service Providers: Do They Require Your Attention and Why? (Part 2) [Plus +]

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In Part 1 of this series, we described and unpacked the topic of digital platform-based service providers, which represent a modest but growing spend category far outside of the scope of contingent workforce and services (CW/S) procurement programs. While they are not on procurement’s radar, Spend Matters believes these providers will increasingly become a significant part of organizations’ services consumption and spend over the next 10 years. In Part 2, we review what is arguably the most successful sub-segment of [...]

Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. […]

Tradeshift By the Numbers (1H 2018) and a New Bank Offering (The “Early Payments Wallet”) [PRO]

In New York City yesterday, following the announcement of a $250 million funding round, Tradeshift provided an update to analysts, customers and partners. We covered a couple of the general updates already, including the announcement of a new receivables-centric application and supplier network offering (see: Tradeshift’s “Sellers Club” Targets Bottomline and Accounts Receivable Technology With a Many-to-Many Offering) and parallels Tradeshift is drawing from others in developing its own strategy (see: Tradeshift Analyst Day Dispatch: “Do You Want Amazon to Own [...]

Exclusive! Crown Commercial Service Pulls Crown Marketplace Tender

We have just learned that Crown Commercial Service is today pulling the tender for its Crown Marketplace programme - CMp. Crown Commercial Service published the contract […]

Marketing Procurement – A Push for Simplification Part 2

Simplification in the complex marketing procurement landscape was the theme of the first session at ProcureCon Marketing recently, which introduced the theme of streamlining the […]

Why Are There So Few Women in Senior Procurement Positions?

We're delighted to feature a guest article from Jennifer Lawrence, who works in the pharmaceutical sector and Chris Lonsdale from the University of Birmingham. Data […]

“Procurement with Purpose” Can Save the World – Pub Debate

(We had the wrong link to register for the Pub Debate (below) - apologies if you tried, please do so again and this time it […]

Marketing Procurement – A Push for Simplification (Part 1)

The morning session at ProcureCon Marketing’s Day 1 in London recently tackled the subjects of simplification/streamlining and the future of agency roster models. The first […]

5 Reasons to Bet For and Against Coupa (Part 2: The Blindsided Prince) [PRO]

Owing to its focus on “business” spend management and public company status, Coupa continues to serve as an ambassador and proxy for the procurement technology sector overall. As I noted in the first installment of this series — 5 Reasons to Bet For and Against Coupa (Part 1: The Virtuous ‘Cloud’ Prince) — it seems everyone has an opinion on Cramer’s new “Cloud Prince.” I shared five reasons I’d bet on Coupa from a procurement (not capital markets) perspective. Today, to [...]

The Risks Around Carillion Step-In Providers – Allan Watton Speaks

We’ve featured Allan Watton many times over the years. He and his firm, Best Practice Group, are genuinely deep experts in major outsource service contracts, […]

So You Want to Buy Strategic Sourcing? Key Differentiators to Consider [PRO]

In our previous installments of this series, we focused on some of the key differentiating aspects of contract management and spend analytics solutions. As you may recall, rather than focusing on the features and functions that most providers deliver, this series is focused on highlighting areas that pop up as differentiators in the eyes of the more progressive practitioner organizations that we speak with. The idea is to help separate the wheat from the chaff even though we don’t know what [...]