How Innovative is Your VMS Provider? [Plus +]


What does it mean when a technology provider is innovative — or not? Innovation has been defined as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs or existing market needs (Maranville, 1992). By this definition, is your vendor management system (VMS) provider innovative — or not? In this Spend Matters Plus brief: We discuss why identifying and calibrating VMS innovation is especially important today. We pose the obvious, practical question: How can you judge if a VMS [...]

Down the Procurement Chippy With New Health Supremo, a Pub Debate, Cricket and James Vincent McMorrow

I know I go on about Lincoln and the best pub in the world (the Strugglers Inn) but the Burton Road Chippy just 400 yards […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

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

Big Data In UK Central Government – Ask Spend Matters

Our colleagues over at Spend Matters US have started a new series that invites readers to send in their procurement questions. Then, the combined intellectual […]

Online Labour Platforms – A Growing Category for Procurement

A multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, the Oxford Internet Institute, is dedicated to the social science of the Internet. It […]

The Growth of E-Invoicing Compliance (Part 3): Buyer and Supplier Functional Checklists [PRO]

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Just what defines “compliant electronic invoicing” continues to be one of the least understood areas of procure-to-pay (P2P) solutions. One of the reasons for this is that many technology providers — not limited to just P2P providers but also accounts payable automation vendors — hawk compliance as if it were a bag of peanuts in the hand of a vendor at a baseball game. In reality, however, few single solutions even approach “full compliance” on a global, or even localized, [...]

BBC Payments to “Talent” – Applying Procurement Principles

In part 1 here of this series we looked at the BBC publication of stars’ earnings from the corporation, and considered matters from a procurement […]

Natural Disasters – How to Mitigate Unavoidable Risks

The third of our Supply Chain Risk briefings, written in conjunction with solution providers  riskmethods, is simply titled “Natural Disasters - How to Mitigate Unavoidable […]

Marketing Procurement – Reacting to Market Forces

Navigating the data-driven world was one of the umbrella themes at ProcureCon Marketing last month. Within that theme we heard from Gilles Bérouard, Global CEO […]

MOD Procurement – The Same Old Issues? (Part 2)

(This series of articles was first published by us in December 2010 but seems relevant given the recent debate around the suitability or otherwise of […]

Bloom Services on IR35 and Contracting With Consultants for Outcomes & Deliverables

We have now read much of the Taylor review “Good Work” which discusses the employment market and new ways of working. There is a lot […]

Are B2B Digital Marketplaces The Next Buying Revolution?

We welcome this guest post from Matt Royle, marketing director at Probrand. Marketplaces can be traced back as far as Athens, circa 600BC where they were […]