Reading Festival Friday – our review with Paramore, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend and others…

- August 23, 2014 3:29 AM | Categories:

Reading Festival got off to a largely dry and cool (in weather terms anyway) start yesterday. Doesn’t it look pristine in this picture taken before noon yesterday – before the half-eaten pizza and noodles start getting embedded in the grass? And all those 90,000 people start getting in the way? Some of the early acts shone – Gerard Way ex frontman of My Chemical Romance played his new solo material for the first time. With a straight ahead rock band behind him, the new songs sounded good if somewhat conventional – one or two could almost have been Springsteen numbers, […]

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Proactis 2014 Overview: A Source-to-Pay Provider Uses Acquisitions to Move Up a Gear [Plus +]

- August 22, 2014 1:29 PM | Categories:

It has been a busy year for Proactis, the source-to-pay software provider based in Wetherby, a town in the fine northern English county of Yorkshire. Of all the firms in our European procurement solution provider market, Proactis has been the busiest from an acquisition point of view – certainly compared to company size. The firm has basically doubled in size (revenue) as well as moving in new strategic directions via three acquisitions in this calendar year. In this Spend Matters Plus research brief, Peter Smith (managing director of the UK/Europe site) provides a recap on those transactions, as well as takes a quick look at their half-year figures released in a trading update on August 12th, ahead of the full results announcement.

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Down the Procurement Pub with Cloudbuy, women’s rugby, dodgy charities and Vampire Weekend

Peter Smith - August 22, 2014 7:32 AM
Down the procurement golf club this week, with my first round for about 8 years. Should I take it up again? I don’t know. It just takes so long! I’ve hardy played since I set u... more ▸

Last chance to download these procurement papers for free!

Sheena Smith - August 22, 2014 4:27 AM
Every research library can do with a seasonal cleaning, and Spend Matters is no exception. Come September 1, the papers in this post will go behind the paywall and no longer be ava... more ▸

Cold beer or hot coffee? Procurement planning and demand forecasting at temporary events

Peter Smith - August 22, 2014 12:03 AM
This is the second blog from Daniel Ball of Wax Digital in the “avoiding the temporary tantrums” series,  looking at the challenges of purchasing around temporary spor... more ▸

Public procurement – what happens if Scotland leaves the UK?

Peter Smith - August 21, 2014 7:24 AM
So what happens in terms of public sector procurement if Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom? That’s the central question that the citizens of Scotland are wrestling with ... more ▸

Dr Ian George on Procurement Transformation – Ways of Working

Nancy Clinton - August 21, 2014 4:30 AM
Continuing the theme of Procurement Transformation, we’re delighted to feature the next in the series from Dr Ian George, a senior partner and practising consultant at Agile Par... more ▸

Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest (Part 5): Analysis of a Recently Awarded Patent Plus

Thomas Kase - August 21, 2014 2:35 AM
Has Ariba built a solid brick wall of IP gold or is it all just so much legal papier-mâché to scare us off? Huff and puff – will it hold? If so, will it be used to dr... more ▸

Insight for CPOs: How Might CEOs Address Procurement’s Failings? Plus

Peter Smith - August 20, 2014 2:11 AM
In Part 1 of this series, Peter Smith, managing director of Spend Matters UK/Europe, discussed the new Proxima graphic e-book titled "Drowning not waving – how Corporate Virtuali... more ▸

Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest (Part 4): Supplier Approval and Activation in a Network Plus

Thomas Kase - August 19, 2014 2:23 AM
One of the primary motivations behind SAP buying Ariba was its network approach model. It was theoretically a business model that could deliver scale benefits to participants (and ... more ▸

Lessons From Beeline – Areas to Prioritize in Global Services Procurement (Part 2) pro

Jason Busch - August 18, 2014 2:07 AM
In our discussions with Beeline and their customers earlier this summer, we learned about and explored a number of emerging priorities in global services procurement. A number of t... more ▸

Insight for CPOs: Proxima Lays Out Procurement’s Failings, But Are the Answers Here? Plus

Peter Smith - August 15, 2014 2:31 AM
Procurement outsourcing specialist Proxima deservedly received a lot of coverage with its Corporate Virtualization study that was published last year. As you may remember, it an... more ▸