Guy Allen Finds Procurement Savings in All Sorts of Places …

Last week, Guy Allen (our friend and ex CPO from Santander, Fujitsu, etc) ran the latest in the Real World Procurement webinar series, sponsored by […]

BASF and Thyssenkrupp – Two Giants Talk About Global Procurement Transformation

At the recent SAP Ariba Live event, there were several very good customer case study sessions. Two that shared some similarities were from BASF and […]

Money Talks, So How Can Procurement Prove Its Worth?

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Daniel Ball, director, Wax Digital. The procurement profession works hard to justify its profile as being responsible […]

What To Expect from Best-in-Class Reverse Auction Technology and User Design (Part 2) [PRO]

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Spend Matters tracks more than 50 technology providers that claim to have some type of auction or reverse auction capability in place to support strategic sourcing efforts of procurement organizations. But only a select few vendors go the extra mile to support what we consider the core capabilities that just about any procurement organization can take advantage of to drive incremental savings and results. As we conclude our look at what procurement organizations should expect from the intersection of best-in-class [...]

Grenfell Tower – Cladding Specifications and Regulations Central to Investigations

(I wrote this before the Newsnight programme last night which raised some disturbing issues about the process for approving building products like cladding. I'm sure […]

Science Warehouse Customer Event – Focus On Product Enhancement

Science Warehouse (SWL), the Leeds-based eProcurement business, was initially a spin-out from Leeds University, created by Dr David Hames to meet the needs of scientists […]

What To Expect from Best-in-Class Reverse Auction Technology and User Design (Part 1) [PRO]

Thus far in this Spend Matters PRO research series, we have explored how optimal user experience (UX) and advanced feature/function support have become inseparable when it comes to delivering best-of-breed e-sourcing capabilities (see What You Should Expect from Best-in-Class E-Sourcing User Experience and Functionality: Part 1 and Part 2). We pointed out, for example, that numerous specific elements must come together to drive strategic sourcing and RFX success for anything but the most basic strategic sourcing scenarios. These capabilities that [...]

June Album Review (part 1) – Royal Blood, London Grammar, Fleet Foxes and Alt-J

We didn’t do an album review at the end of May so we will have a two-parter this weekend and next. So toady, four bands […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Science Warehouse, Melinda Johnson, CIPS and Selena Gomez

I was in Leeds this week for the Science Warehouse customer conference and had an early dinner at the Town Hall Tavern, on my shortlist […]

Online Work Platforms and Enterprises: Survival of the Fittest or the Fastest? [PRO]

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In this PRO research brief, we provide an analysis of the complex dynamics that characterize the online work platform technology market, in particular with respect to large enterprise adoption (or, to date, the lack thereof). We also examine some promising platform strategies/approaches that may promote platform business viability and, over time, more success in achieving large scale enterprise penetration. Finally, we discuss the implications of our analysis for both platform providers and enterprise buyers. (Note: To avoid possible perception that [...]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

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