NHS Fraudsters – Pay Back Money or Stay In Jail

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Another day, another National Health Service procurement-related fraud. But perhaps we should give credit to the anti-fraud teams in the NHS, such as NHS Protect, […]

Why Procurement Leaders Need External Support – New Paper Out Now


We have a new briefing paper available - “Achieving procurement leadership through external services”.  You can download it here, free on registration. We wrote it […]

DCR Workforce: Vendor Snapshot (Part 3) — Commentary and Summary Analysis [PRO]


It’s hard to dispute the data. Companies are increasingly buying all kinds of services, including those that do not neatly fit a common profile (parts, components or even outcomes, such as “power by the hour,” in the case of manufacturing outsourcing). Yet today’s procurement solutions are designed primarily to support either the purchasing of materials (direct and indirect) or targeted types of services procurement spend (namely, contingent workforce). Today, many procurement organizations, such as Coupa and SAP Ariba customers, are [...]

Procurement Is A Great Job – But NOT Because We Spend Someone Else’s Money!


As well as the interview with Sam Walsh, this month’s Supply Management magazine contains a good article titled “12 Reasons Why You Have The Best […]

Future Purchasing Category Management Survey – Real Insight Is Emerging


Many of our readers completed the Future Purchasing Category Management survey during the autumn, making it the biggest of its kind in the world with […]

Stop Press. Breaking News! Amazon Launches Business-Dedicated Service in Germany


This morning Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Business, a new, free-to-access service on Gemany's Amazon.de with “everything you love about Amazon, for work.” This […]

The Trump Effect: Trade, Policy, Commodities and Procurement in 2017 [PRO]

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The election of Donald Trump will undoubtedly have an unexpected impact on the domestic and international procurement, supply chain and trade communities. Perhaps the even bigger surprise will be in how much of the grassroots rhetoric from the campaign actually becomes reality in 2017 when President-elect Trump takes office. Reversing previous executive orders and issuing new ones, as opposed to pursuing a legislative approach to change, is a faster route to creating shorter-term impact, but also potentially less effective in [...]

Basware Launches Marketplace – Interview with Ilari Nurmi


At the recent Basware Connect event, we took time out from the main sessions to speak with  Ilari Nurmi, Senior Vice-President, Purchase to Pay, at […]

Balancing “Policing” and “Supporting” – Another Procurement Challenge


Last week saw the last Real World Procurement event with BravoSolution for 2016. I led a session titled “Proving Your Procurement Value”, and we had […]

4 Ways to Optimize IT Services Spend [Plus +]

Increasing pressure on the CIO organization to deliver innovation to the business — at speed — is driving investment in IT services. However, this push for speed to market can result in poor sourcing practices, lower-quality business outcomes and higher costs. As a result, organizations often make mistakes that can cost them millions of dollars and also expose them to increased implementation and other risks. So what is going wrong? There are three opportunities many IT services buyers miss. With [...]

DCR Workforce: Vendor Snapshot (Part 2) — Product Strengths and Weaknesses [PRO]

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This vendor research series focuses on DCR Workforce, a provider of services management/ procurement technology solutions. Part 1 of our analysis provided a company and detailed solution overview and a recommend fit list of criteria for firms considering DCR Workforce. In the context of the solution set, we noted that Smart Track is somewhat different than the typical monolithic VMS solution, for a number of reasons. These include: one, the modularity of the Smart Track platform which utilizes an SOA [...]

Sam Walsh in Supply Management Mag – But CIPS President Needs To Stand Down


It was interesting to see an interview with Sam Walsh, the new CIPS President, in this month’s Supply Management magazine (and it is here online […]