Social Media and procurement – come and get involved in the debate

- September 23, 2014 12:04 AM | Categories:

Social media We have another event coming up with an opportunity for readers to listen to me, heckle, hurl rotten tomatoes – and then forget our differences over a few drinks afterwards! “From Facebook to Supplier Collaboration – How the Social Media explosion will fundamentally change procurement.” This event is supported by Oracle and Enrich (see here for more on Enrich – I assume you have probably heard of Oracle). It’s on October 9th at 2.30pm, at the Oracle offices off Moorgate in the City of London, and will finish at around 5pm at which point we will adjourn to a local […]

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CPO Insight: Procurement Transformation – Myth or Reality? [Plus +]

- September 22, 2014 10:30 AM | Categories:

"Transformation" has become an overused expression, and procurement has not been immune to its charms. It's hard to get far into any procurement-related publication, or report from a consulting firm, without running up against the “T” word. Virtually every managerial-level candidate now has "transformed" something in their past career. Even if it was just the process for ordering office supplies. In this Spend Matters Plus Research brief, Peter Smith, lead editor of Spend Matters UK/Europe, explores what transformation really means, and if we can agree that it does have some genuine meaning (in some cases, at least) – and how chief procurement officers (CPOs) and other procurement leaders can go about making it happen.

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SAP acquires Concur, pays a whole lot of money for some T&E software …

Peter Smith - September 22, 2014 7:31 AM
On Thursday last week, software giant SAP announced the acquisition of Concur, whose products help enterprises simplify travel expense management. It has over 23,000 clients and 25... more ▸

IT supply chain developments and their impact on buying decisions – part 3

Nancy Clinton - September 22, 2014 4:31 AM
Research undertaken by the House of Commons towards the end of 2013 revealed that there are now just under 5 million SMEs in the UK, which makes up approximately 99 percent of all ... more ▸

Government suppliers must pay a “living wage” under Labour – procurement implications

Peter Smith - September 22, 2014 12:01 AM
Many firms bidding for UK government contracts will have to offer higher wages to their staff after the next election if the Labour Party wins that vote. The Labour leader, Ed Mili... more ▸

SAP Buys Concur: Cultural Fit, Scale, Target Customers and More pro

Thomas Kase - September 19, 2014 10:31 AM
In our previous coverage of the SAP’s announced acquisition of Concur, we provided some background and context on the transaction and offer our candid perspective on the events l... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Sept. 15 Plus

Taras Berezowsky - September 19, 2014 10:30 AM
Welcome to Week 3 of our “Best Of” roundup, which pulls the latest and greatest commentary and analysis published on the Spend Matters Network. Read on to find out the latest n... more ▸

Down the Procurement Bank (?) with Monitor’s taxis, Gentoo penguins, Supply Management and Heat

Peter Smith - September 19, 2014 7:31 AM
We held our BravoSolution Real World Sourcing session on Wednesday at the Don restaurant, London. More on that to come next week. I intended to take a picture of a group of hard-wo... more ▸

An Oracle ERP procurement update with Jason Busch + more Spend Matters US revelry

Sheena Smith - September 19, 2014 4:35 AM
Did you miss out on the Enrich-sponsored webinar we did yesterday where Jason Busch crammed as much information as possible on Oracle's ERP procurement into 30 minutes? Have no fea... more ▸

50 Shades of Pay: Shade 4 – Analyzing Total Spend, Payments by Supplier Type Plus

Pierre Mitchell - September 18, 2014 10:27 AM
In our previous ‘shades’ (begin with Sh... more ▸

Supply Chain Insights: Robotics and Automation – Prepare For Operations, Procurement Disruption Plus

Thomas Kase - September 17, 2014 10:30 AM
Tom Bonkenburg, head of European Operations for St. Onge, a privately held consultancy focused on supply chain strategy and logistics, gave us perhaps the most critical observation... more ▸

Spend Analytics, Payment Analytics: The Gateway to Gold in Them Thar Hills pro

Jason Busch - September 16, 2014 3:15 PM
This two-part Spend Matters PRO Research brief considers why payment analytics are becoming more important as part of a holistic approach to examining procurement, supplier, accoun... more ▸