Concur and SAP/Ariba: Customer and Partner/Ecosystem Analysis and Recommendations [PRO]

- September 23, 2014 10:15 AM | Categories:

Since SAP’s announcement last week that it is buying Concur, Spend Matters has been busy covering the transaction from multiple angles. On the surface, it would be relatively easy to suggest there are more similarities than differences to SAP’s acquisition of Ariba for customers and competitors. But the transaction brings a substantially different set of variables to the equation for all parties in the market. In this Spend Matters PRO research brief, Thomas Kase, vice president of research, Jason Busch, founder and managing director, and Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer, provide analysis and an initial set of recommendations for SAP customers, Concur customers and Concur partner/ecosystem members.

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Tesco profit warning – the supply chain bites back

- September 23, 2014 7:20 AM | Categories:

So what in the name of f***** m******* and b**** f**** b**** are Tesco playing at? As a shareholder that’s what I want to know (yes, my unerring ability to pick the very best firms strikes again, see previous posts on the late lamented Rok and Southern Cross, you might also want to consider my purchases of Wincanton and Record). How can what appeared to be the UK’s strongest retailer manage to wipe out half of its shareholder value in three years? £16 BILLION down the Swanee. And the latest scandal, which saw an announcement yesterday that profits may have […]

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Procurement recruitment report from Edbury Daley – a buoyant market

Peter Smith - September 23, 2014 4:31 AM
Edbury Daley are a growing procurement recruitment firm based in Altrincham, Cheshire, and founded by Andrew Daley and Simon Edbury. Peter Brophy, ex Proxima and an experienced pro... more ▸

Social Media and procurement – come and get involved in the debate

Peter Smith - September 23, 2014 12:04 AM
We have another event coming up with an opportunity for readers to listen to me, heckle, hurl rotten tomatoes – and then forget our differences over a few drinks afterwards! “F... more ▸

CPO Insight: Procurement Transformation – Myth or Reality? Plus

Peter Smith - September 22, 2014 10:30 AM
"Transformation" has become an overused expression, and procurement has not been immune to its charms. It's hard to get far into any procurement-related publication, or report from... more ▸

SAP acquires Concur, pays a whole lot of money for some T&E software …

Peter Smith - September 22, 2014 7:31 AM
On Thursday last week, software giant SAP announced the acquisition of Concur, whose products help enterprises simplify travel expense management. It has over 23,000 clients and 25... more ▸

IT supply chain developments and their impact on buying decisions – part 3

Nancy Clinton - September 22, 2014 4:31 AM
Research undertaken by the House of Commons towards the end of 2013 revealed that there are now just under 5 million SMEs in the UK, which makes up approximately 99 percent of all ... more ▸

Government suppliers must pay a “living wage” under Labour – procurement implications

Peter Smith - September 22, 2014 12:01 AM
Many firms bidding for UK government contracts will have to offer higher wages to their staff after the next election if the Labour Party wins that vote. The Labour leader, Ed Mili... more ▸

SAP Buys Concur: Cultural Fit, Scale, Target Customers and More pro

Thomas Kase - September 19, 2014 10:31 AM
In our previous coverage of the SAP’s announced acquisition of Concur, we provided some background and context on the transaction and offer our candid perspective on the events l... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Sept. 15 Plus

Taras Berezowsky - September 19, 2014 10:30 AM
Welcome to Week 3 of our “Best Of” roundup, which pulls the latest and greatest commentary and analysis published on the Spend Matters Network. Read on to find out the latest n... more ▸

50 Shades of Pay: Shade 4 – Analyzing Total Spend, Payments by Supplier Type Plus

Pierre Mitchell - September 18, 2014 10:27 AM
In our previous ‘shades’ (begin with Sh... more ▸

Supply Chain Insights: Robotics and Automation – Prepare For Operations, Procurement Disruption Plus

Thomas Kase - September 17, 2014 10:30 AM
Tom Bonkenburg, head of European Operations for St. Onge, a privately held consultancy focused on supply chain strategy and logistics, gave us perhaps the most critical observation... more ▸