Down the Procurement Pub with Education, Atlanta, Manzils, and Sundara Karma

We enjoyed an excellent gig last weekend from Sundara Karma. Reading University Students Union (really good venue) saw the band returning to their home town […]

Hone Your Procurement Negotiation Skills By Learning the Right Way to Think [Plus +]

In our previous piece looking at Daniel Kahneman's brilliant book, Thinking Fast and Slow, and its implications for procurement thinking and practice, we looked at the concept of Priming. Granted, Kahneman published the book in late 2011, but is still immensely valuable for procurement practitioners to keep on their bedside tables today — and here's why. One of the central premises of Kahneman's book is how our brains look for the easy route at all times, what he calls "System 1" thinking. If [...]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public […]

Building Government’s Commercial Capability – IfG Report Is Balanced, Insightful

We mentioned the recent report from Tom Gash of the Institute of Government (IfG), titled “Building Government’s Commercial Capability”,  which looks at the changes under […]

Category Management – A Webinar To Help You Succeed

We have a Category Management-themed webinar coming up fairly shortly which we wanted to bring to your attention (not solely because the insights will be valuable to […]

eBid Systems: Vendor Snapshot (Part 2) — Product Strengths & Weaknesses [PRO]


eBid Systems is one of more than 30 technology providers that Spend Matters tracks that provide strategic sourcing solutions to private firms and public sector organizations around the globe. eBid Systems recently re-platformed its solution, an effort which included enhancing a range of modular and functional areas — as well as the user interface — making it more competitive with other solutions in the global market. Over 50% of eBid System’s 300-plus customers are public sector organizations, almost entirely at [...]

Caspar Berry on Risk and Decision-Making at eWorld – This Should Be Really Good!

We mentioned here the forthcoming eWorld event, and the keynote speaker, Caspar Berry. We caught up with him this week on the phone to get […]

Five Principles of Sourcing – “Commerciality” Must Include Negotiation Skills

We’ve published the penultimate paper in the Five Principles of Sourcing series, produced with support from our friends at complex sourcing technology firm, Trade Extensions. […]

HS2 Contract Award Might Draw Legal Challenge – Conflicts of Interest Maybe?

It was only a couple of weeks ago that we mentioned here the potential for a conflict of interest on the HS2 rail project in […]

eBid Systems: Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background & Solution Overview [PRO]


There is no shortage of strategic sourcing technology vendors in the market today. Customers have choices ranging from per-event pricing with smaller providers to integrated solutions that combine rich supplier management, contract management and transactional procurement capability — not to mention specialty solutions that bring generalized technology differentiation, category-specific or other unique capabilities. Within this smorgasbord of choice — and yes, there are even vendors that started in the Scandinavian market to chose from globally now — one provider from [...]

The Evolution of Procurement (and Where Next) – New Paper and Webinar on March 7th

On March 7th  at 4pm we have a free webinar - “The Evolution of Procurement – Alignment, Flexibility and Procurement-as-a-Service”.  Also speaking is Jon Milton, […]

BravoSolution Webinar Next Week – All About Source To Pay

We are only a week away from my BravoSolution Real World Procurement webinar on February 28th at 12 noon and 7pm when the topic will […]