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Sievo and the big question; do you really want to understand your procurement savings?

- July 29, 2014 7:25 AM | Categories:

During the recent visit by Jason Busch to London, we caught up with Sammeli Sammalkorpi to get an update on the progress of Sievo and their software, the best we know for really helping organisations to measure procurement savings as accurately as possible. For new readers, the Sievo product takes detailed spend data and then analyses it to strip out a whole range of cost drivers, in order to isolate the real effect of procurement activities. So it can for example identify and quantify currency effects, volume effects or specification changes that may not be considered “true” procurement savings. (What […]

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The top 5 challenges for the Chief Procurement Officer

- July 29, 2014 4:30 AM | Categories:

We are pleased to bring you an overview of the chief findings from a recent survey of European CPOs conducted by Xchanging, the third-largest procurement outsourcing provider in the world. This post comes from Steve Trainor, Managing Director, EMEA, Xchanging Procurement Services. The life of a CPO can be fraught with complex and competing challenges. In a recent survey we carried out amongst CPOs across Europe we found that reducing spend with third-party suppliers, driving down the cost of procurement, managing supply-led risk and harnessing true innovation from the supply base remain the most significant business objectives that the CPO must address. In […]

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NHS Procurement – so who do we blame for the dodgy spend data?

Peter Smith - July 29, 2014 12:04 AM
The furore, in the procurement world at least, around the publication of NHS spend data last week has been considerable. And when you’ve got respected non-execs of major trus... more ▸

Coupa Versus the Suite Wor(l)d pro

Thomas Kase - July 28, 2014 10:56 AM
After we published recently an article on what ... more ▸

Iasta and Selectica – still in the honeymoon period, or is anyone throwing things yet?

Peter Smith - July 28, 2014 7:31 AM
It seems like yesterday, but it is actually seven weeks since the acquisition of Iasta by Selectica. Seven weeks! That seemed long enough to make it worthwhile quizzing one of our ... more ▸

Dolly Parton – six lessons on presentation skills from the expert

Peter Smith - July 28, 2014 4:31 AM
So now Worthy Farm is gradually getting back to normal, the cows are wondering what all that fuss and noise was about, Michael Eavis, his family and colleagues have breathed a few ... more ▸

NHS Procurement – our senior insider goes past the copier paper and round the U-Bend

Peter Smith - July 28, 2014 12:09 AM
(Following last week’s controversy over NHS procurement spend data, we’re delighted to feature a special guest post from a senior NHS procurement leader. We know who it is but ... more ▸

LeanLinking Brings Social Media Principles to Procurement and Supply Management Plus

Peter Smith - July 25, 2014 2:27 AM
We've been talking for some time on the different Spend Matters sites about how social media principles and approaches will inevitably make their way into the business and procurem... more ▸

In Defense of the Signed Document pro

Pierre Mitchell - July 24, 2014 3:22 PM
Many people refer to ERP systems (notably master data stored in them) as the “system of record," which is interesting terminology. Think about supplier master data entered in the... more ▸

What Makes Public Sector Spend Analysis Different: Motivations and Process Requirements (Part 2) pro

Jason Busch - July 23, 2014 11:21 AM
Building a successful public sector spend capability requires similar core capabilities as found in those sold to the private sector, as well as additional ones. But more so tha... more ▸

Provider Strategies in Asia: Country-Specific Trends and Considerations (Part 2) Plus

Thomas Kase - July 22, 2014 11:35 AM
This is the second in a two-part Spend Matters Plus series from Thomas Kase, VP of research, on strategies for providers to deliver procurement solutions and services in Asia. This... more ▸

Provider Strategies: Delivering Procurement Solutions and Services in Asia (Part 1) Plus

Thomas Kase - July 21, 2014 10:56 AM
“Asia” is obviously an impossibly broad label, covering so many countries, with such a range of cultures, languages, and political, ethnic, and demographical issues that we hav... more ▸