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New Solution Providers – POD Procurement looks to save £s and peas (bad pun alert…)

- July 24, 2014 12:02 AM | Categories:

POD Continuing our series of new solutions providers this week, with a very new business. I was convinced that the Mars Ice Cream Bar wouldn’t sell. And when the legendary Achi Racov, visionary CTO at NatWest, showed me this thing called “the Internet” in 1997, I couldn’t quite see the point. So I am very cautious about my own ability to spot what will work and what won’t in terms of new products and innovations. Hence my caution here; we have a new solution provider and a new product for the procurement world that … I’m really not sure about. It’s […]

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What Makes Public Sector Spend Analysis Different: Motivations and Process Requirements (Part 2) [PRO]

- July 23, 2014 11:21 AM | Categories:

Building a successful public sector spend capability requires similar core capabilities as found in those sold to the private sector, as well as additional ones. But more so than simply checking the feature/function box as a vendor – or in software/solution selection processes as a user – implementing the right public sector spend analysis approach requires taking a slightly but critically different mindset compared to what is tried and true in the private sector. In Part 2 of this Spend Matters research series (see the first installment here), Jason Busch, founder and managing director, continues to explore what these unique motivations, requirements, and approaches are.

The final installment of the series (Part 3 – forthcoming) will continue to profile one of the specialist vendors in the sector, Spikes Cavell, which appears to have cracked the code on what federal, state, and local organizations most value in understanding their expenditures, reporting on activities, and tying data to actual programs to drive better constituent outcomes. There are clearly lessons in this regard for public sector procurement organizations and overall leadership (employees and elected officials), other technology and solution providers expanding their public sector presence, and, surprisingly perhaps, the private sector as well.

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Martin Kochman at the Procserve roundtable – using big data to identify procurement fraud

Peter Smith - July 23, 2014 7:31 AM
We wrote here about the recent Procserve roundtable and the potential power of big data and of spend analytics in our procurement world. (And another plug for the Procserve LinkedI... more ▸

Plan for Public Procurement – Food buyers need to look at more than cost

Peter Smith - July 23, 2014 4:31 AM
Public sector buyers of food will be required (in central government) and expected (in other sectors) to use a new framework that defines the evaluation criteria to be used when se... more ▸

New solution providers – LeanLinking brings social media principles to supplier management

Peter Smith - July 23, 2014 12:03 AM
Social media principles and approaches will inevitably make their way into the business and procurement world, yet progress has in reality been pretty slow. So we were interested t... more ▸

Provider Strategies in Asia: Country-Specific Trends and Considerations (Part 2) Plus

Thomas Kase - July 22, 2014 11:35 AM
This is the second in a two-part Spend Matters Plus series from Thomas Kase, VP of research, on strategies for providers to deliver procurement solutions and services in Asia. This... more ▸

NAO on Cabinet Office Efficiency Savings – a mixed review for the procurement elements

Peter Smith - July 22, 2014 9:31 AM
We mentioned the National Audit Office (NAO) reports last week on rail procurement and on their assessment of the savings figures declared by the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) ... more ▸

Dr Ian George on Procurement Transformation – All One Team

Nancy Clinton - July 22, 2014 6:30 AM
Continuing the theme of Procurement Transformation, we’re delighted to feature the next in the series from Dr Ian George, a senior partner and practising consultant at Agile Par... more ▸

Provider Strategies: Delivering Procurement Solutions and Services in Asia (Part 1) Plus

Thomas Kase - July 21, 2014 10:56 AM
“Asia” is obviously an impossibly broad label, covering so many countries, with such a range of cultures, languages, and political, ethnic, and demographical issues that we hav... more ▸

Trojan Rabbits and Project Portfolios: Procurement Market’s Freemium Applications and Services (Part 1) Plus

Pierre Mitchell - July 18, 2014 2:05 PM
The old Trojan horse trick has its place in the procurement market. This Spend Matters Plus research brief, by Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell, covers the good, bad, and ugl... more ▸

Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest: Sourcing and eProcurement (Part 2) Plus

Thomas Kase - July 17, 2014 4:09 PM
This is the second in a multi-part series on Spend Matters Plus. Read Part 1 ... more ▸

What Makes Public Sector Spend Analysis Different: Lessons From Spikes Cavell in the US and UK (Part 1) pro

Jason Busch - July 16, 2014 7:02 PM
Spikes Cavell, a spend visibility provider perhaps best known in the UK for serving public sector clients with a broad-based spend classification and analytics offering, has spent ... more ▸