A Taste of International Public Procurement Transformation Approaches and Attitudes

More than 500 participants from about 100 different countries gathered at the Global Public Procurement Conference in Washington DC in September. Over two days it offered […]

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

In Part 1, we introduced you to Wax Digital, a source-to-pay provider from the UK that you may not be familiar with, especially since it has not yet participated in Solution Map (although that changes this quarter). Wax Digital is a provider of note as it is one of the few providers that has a relatively complete, integrated, source-to-pay offering on one code base that is already used globally in over 100 countries. In our last article, we overviewed some [...]

Procurement Policy and Kanye West – How Technology Can Change Document and Content Management

If I said we’re going to talk about procurement policy statements and other key documents – maybe standard operating models, process descriptions and the like […]

Views on Strategic Procurement from Coupa Customers

The first panel session of the day at Coupa Inspire recently was a customer Q&A moderated by Chandar Pattabhiram, Coupa’s CMO. He had lined up […]

Wax Digital: Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background & Solution Overview [PRO]

Some vendors prefer to wax poetic. Others prefer to wax digital. One such source-to-pay provider likes waxing digital so much, that it even calls itself Wax Digital. And it is our latest source-to-pay vendor to get the in-depth PRO treatment here on Spend Matters (before its debut in Q4 SolutionMap). By now you are all familiar with its primary source-to-pay competitors, including SAP Ariba, Coupa, Determine, GEP, iValua, Jaggaer, SynerTrade and Zycus, as they have been covered extensively on PRO [...]

NHS News – Major Challenge on Medicines Procurement And More

While I was away last week, a couple of interesting NHS procurement stories hit the press. We wrote about the problems at social care provider […]

Changing Times and the Procurement Profession – Where Will That Leave You, Your Employer, Your Career?

Global procurement technology recruitment specialists, Edbury Daley, have just released their full 2018 market report looking at trends and conditions in the procurement and spend […]

So You Want to Build a B2B Marketplace: 8 Business Scenarios & Case Examples (Part 1) [PRO]

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Just what is a B2B marketplace? Ask someone like the “gray hairs” on the Spend Matters team who were advisers to first generation industry-based exchanges during the .com era (1999-2001) and they’d likely tell you it was a great theoretical concept to bring buyers and suppliers together in support of procurement and supply chain processes and/or transactional document exchange — albeit one that failed in execution just about every time. But ask someone who is younger and they might point [...]

Another Brexit Referendum? Yet Another Scenario For Procurement to Consider!

We’ve stayed off the politics of Brexit here, in part because I was lucky enough personally to forget to register for a postal vote, hence […]

Category Management Survey – An Invitation for You

At some point, we suspect that artificial intelligence might have a profound effect on category management, but in the meantime, it continues to be an […]

E-Procurement Catalog Management and Search: Ivalua (Part 4)  [PRO]

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For those people who are not in the weeds of B2B catalog management and search but know enough to have an opinion, it might seem that Ivalua would have some cards stacked against it on a comparative basis. Consider on the one hand that Ivalua is better known as a source-to-pay suite provider than an e-procurement specialist (although in Spend Matters’ Q3 E-Procurement SolutionMap Insider report, Ivalua is a top performer, tying with three other providers for second place overall [...]

Procurement Lessons From the Lambton Arms

We’ve featured my cousin Kathryn’s pub (run with her husband Harry) in Sherburn Village a couple of times previously, with pictures in our “Down the […]