A Better Month for the Spend Matters Stock Portfolio (Even Blur Group Moves Up!) [Plus +]

- September 2, 2014 10:28 AM | Categories:

We move into the start of a new academic year in many parts of the world, children try on their new school uniforms, and summer inexorably turns into autumn. And the thoughts of procurement people turn to matters of great import – such as whether the Proactis share price can keep rising and why Hubwoo’s just doesn’t seem to move at all.

Yes, another month has gone by, and it is time to review Spend Matters' virtual stock portfolio, made up of 21 stocks in firms that have a procurement content to their portfolio. Peter Smith and Jason Busch have been tracking them all through 2014 in this Spend Matters Plus series to get a sense of where the market for firms in this industry is going. They then chose their preferred portfolios from those stocks, using an imaginary $1 million initial fund each. Jason focused on just eight firms; Peter spread his risk with 14.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s pictures and implications for Cloud procurement solutions

- September 2, 2014 7:31 AM | Categories:

ME topless You may think that putting “Jennifer Lawrence pictures” in an article heading is just a cheap way of getting some hits on our website. You may think that, I couldn’t possibly comment. But no, we really do want to make a serious point. Her photos, and those of many other celebrities, have been hacked and put on display on a website. They appear to have been taken by the celebs on their Smartphones, and the hacking that has gone on may well be from whatever “cloud” storage platform that was being used, rather than directly from the phone itself. The […]

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Department of Health appoint acting Commercial Director without procurement experience

Peter Smith - September 2, 2014 4:31 AM
You may remember we had the scoop way back in May 2013 that Peter Coates, Commercial Director at the Department of Health, was retiring later that year. Well, he didn’t. Not our ... more ▸

Matrix SCM – eProcurement innovation to drive better social care procurement

Peter Smith - September 2, 2014 12:01 AM
We’ve wondered recently whether buying music rights – like our friend Richard Kirstein – is the sexiest” spend category in the procurement world. Well, there’s no danger ... more ▸

Are CPOs and supply chain directors endangered species?

Nancy Clinton - September 1, 2014 7:31 AM
We are pleased to bring you this guest post from Garry Mansell, CEO, Trade Extensions. He is  a Fellow of CIPS and CILT , and from his perspective of more than 25 years’... more ▸

MOD, Bechtel, CH2MHill, the BBC and uncertainty about how new DE&S support contracts will work

Peter Smith - September 1, 2014 4:31 AM
BBC news in the West Country reported a few days ago on the story first covered by the Independent that Bechtel and CH2MHill are in pole position to win the managed service contrac... more ▸

Public Spend Matters Europe – our new site launches today!

Peter Smith - September 1, 2014 12:01 AM
It’s an exciting day for us today. We launched Spend Matters Netherlands a while back, and Gert van der Heijden has done a brilliant job making that the site for procurement folk... more ▸

Sourcing in Latin America (with Mexico Focus): A Primer for U.S. and Canada Procurement Organizations pro

Jason Busch - August 29, 2014 12:32 PM
Earlier today, Jason Busch, Spend Matters’ founder and managing director, and Xavier Olivera, director of Spend Matters Mexico and Latin America, conducted an “Ask the Exper... more ▸

What is a Keelvar – and Why Would You Need One? pro

Thomas Kase - August 28, 2014 2:00 AM
Define Keelvar. Nope, it is not an Australian animal. Nor a tool used in advanced woodworking. Rather, it is a European company (headquartered in Ireland with an office in Londo... more ▸

Beeline, OnForce and the Future of Services Procurement and the Extended Workforce pro

Jason Busch - August 27, 2014 10:00 AM
Earlier this month, Beeline a... more ▸

Spend Matters en Español: The State of Procurement in Mexico and Latin America Plus

Sheena Smith - August 27, 2014 9:02 AM
You may have noticed some Spanish posts on Spend Matters lately, and this week's Ask the Expert webinar on Friday, 8/29/14 from 10-10:30am Central will feature Jason ... more ▸

Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest (Part 6): Dynamic Data Access and Storage Plus

Thomas Kase - August 26, 2014 2:08 AM
In Part 6 of this Spend Matters Plus series on Ariba's patent portfolio, Thomas Kase (VP of research) looks at a patent that, interestingly enough, a former Procuri colleague of hi... more ▸