Down the Procurement Festival with Determine, Proactis, Bloom, NHS Fraud and Faim

Well, my only trip to the pub this very quiet week was with my colleague Nancy for our monthly catch-up in person, and we forgot […]

A Critical Look at Category Management (Part 4) [Plus +]

Editor's note: This Spend Matters Plus brief is a refresh of our 2013 series on category management, which originally ran on Spend Matters PRO.  In the last few weeks we’ve looked at some of the drawbacks related to what we might call “traditional” category management (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). However, we should stress that they’re all aspects of the process that can be overcome by appropriate thought and management effort. The lack of stakeholder involvement we’ve sometimes seen [...]

Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. […]

Cost Reduction Is Not Enough – Defining Procurement and Corporate Value

I’ve been thinking and writing about “procurement value” in the past few weeks, lining up a new briefing paper and webinar that we’ll tell you […]

Program Management: The Missing Link in Procurement Technology Modules and Suites (Part 7 — SRM Technology Components) [PRO]

LinkedIn ProFinder

This series has explored the various aspects of a modern strategic procurement system that enables both enterprise-level programs and procurement-led programs and processes. We’ve explored in gory detail the elements for strong analytics, user experiences and agile architectures. The series began with strategic sourcing to illustrate that properly supported category management can be a pretty tall order. Within category management, we went from basic program management requirements that were quite demanding to in-depth program management requirements that, on the surface, [...]

Competition in the Audit Market – How Procurement Could Help

Here’s something the procurement profession could do that would have benefits to the UK economy, to governance of quoted companies, to the health of a […]

Proactis Back on Acquisition Trail, Acquires Dutch Firm Esize

We missed the announcement from Proactis last week so this news is not hot off the press, I’m afraid. In a two-part statement, the quoted […]

Procurement To The Rescue – How Tighter Controls Can Help Prevent Invoice Phishing Scams

We are pleased to publish this advisory post from Abid Muhammad, IT Manager at State of Flux, which provides contract lifecycle and category management, strategic sourcing […]

Allocation: Vendor Snapshot (Part 2) — Product Strengths and Weaknesses [PRO]

FM Global Resilience Index

North America is a curious market for direct materials-centric procurement software. While many manufacturers currently use indirect materials- and services-centric applications (e.g., procure-to-pay, vendor management systems), few manufacturers have specialized direct materials-centric procurement tools as a part of their solution belt. And to note the elephant in the room, many manufacturing procurement organizations are still not even aware of what these solutions can do. The exception to this is in Europe (especially Germany and Austria) where direct materials procurement software [...]

Rob Knott and Beth Loudon – Interesting Reading on Procurement, Hospitals and Prisons,

We don’t claim to have the monopoly on good articles and ideas and are therefore always happy to point our readers at other publications and […]

Top Tips for Effective CPO/CFO Engagement 

We are delighted to feature this guest post from Omer Abdullah, Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Smart Cube, professional services experts specialising in procurement, analytics […]

Allocation: Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background and Solution Overview [PRO]

When you start a vacuum cleaner, a number of things happen. First, the air pump creates a partial vacuum in the appliance. This results in air rapidly rushing in from the outside, through the attached hose or nozzle, pulling in dust, dirt and small debris with it. But the effects don't end there. The rapid movement of air from immediately outside the vacuum creates another partial vacuum that needs to be filled by the surrounding air, and this causes nearby [...]