More on Coupa Inspire – Product Enhancements and a Step Change in Complex Sourcing

Last week we wrote an overview of Coupa Inspire 17, and focused on the two main announcements of the day: Coupa’s acquisition of AI fraud […]

What is Your Spend Analytics Persona? Understand Your Requirements to Find the Best Technology Provider [PRO]


No two procurement, finance, supply chain or IT organizations are alike. Each has its own persona that reflects not only its own unique requirements but also the stakeholders it serves when providing timely and accurate spend, procurement, supply and broader analytics. The same principle holds true when analyzing spend analytics solutions. Each provider has a persona — or set of personas — that reflects its value proposition, solution strategy and targeted customer segments. Therefore, procurement organizations should seek providers whose [...]

Kobe Metals Crisis – Who Can We Trust?

We’re used to issues of quality and provenance coming to the fore in the food industry, with horsemeat and other scandals over the years,  chicken […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Alex Kleiner, George Owens and Alynda Segarra

So quite a week with the BravoConnect event in Madrid for me, while Nancy Clinton was at the Coupa and Basware events, along with Sheena […]

The First Row Seat: Interpreting Q4 2017 SolutionMap Results With Jason Busch — SAP Ariba, Basware and Coupa [PRO]

The Q4 2017 SolutionMap was a major product release for Spend Matters. It included six individual functional product types, two suite areas and spanned 32 vendors. Despite our marketing claims of having invested “hundreds of hours” of analyst time in the process, the actual number felt like more in the thousands, by my own accounting. I told one of my colleagues I felt like I was “in the Matrix” at one would point when looking at technology provider demonstrations. It [...]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector […]

Basware Connect on The Trends Shaping Finance and Procurement – An Overview

We're a bit conference-heavy this week having attended various events this mid-conference season - with Peter over in Madrid and Sheena Smith (VP Client Services […]

BravoConnect in Madrid – Day 2 with JLL, Hackett and Success Services

BravoConnect day two in a rainy Madrid, and your fearless correspondent is pleased he went to bed around midnight, some four hours earlier than quite […]

What is Your Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) Persona? Understand Your Requirements to Find the Best Technology Provider [PRO]

No two contracts are alike, nor are organizations’ requirements for managing those contracts. It stands to reason then that there’s no single contract management application that will magically meet all procurement organizations better than another. This philosophy underpins our approach to the Spend Matters SolutionMap, a comparative analytical framework for practitioners to evaluate relevant solutions to meet their needs. Our SolutionMap approach depicts vendor rankings based on specific buyer personas to reflect the unique value proposition, solution strategy and customer [...]

Vendor Summary Report: Spend Analytics SolutionMap℠ Q4 2017 [PRO]

This SolutionMapSM analyzes a select group of spend analytics providers. It includes coverage of spend analytics capabilities that encourages subscribers to “peel the onion” beyond cleansing, classification, enrichment and reporting capabilities alone. It is part of our Q4 2017 SolutionMap report series, also featuring sourcing, supplier management contract management, e-procurement and invoice-to-pay providers. Our Q4 2017 release also features SolutionMaps for procure-to-pay and strategic procurement technology suites. Spend Matters tracks more than 50 analytics providers with offerings targeting the procurement [...]

NOVO-K at eWorld – Tips For Successful Procurement in the Charity Sector

At the recent eWorld event, Kavita Cooper and Rohan Yoganathan (previously Head of Procurement at Barnardo’s) ran a hands-on workshop aimed at those working in […]

The Crown Marketplace – Vision, a Successful Pilot and Broad Functionality (Part 2)

In part 1, we looked at the Crown Commercial Service plans for the Crown Marketplace. The vision is for a platform that allows any public […]