Transparency International Reports on Military Single-Source Procurement – Public Spend Matters Europe Post

- October 22, 2014 9:53 AM | Categories:

We launched our new website, Public Spend Matters Europe (PSME) last month, and we hope some of our regular readers here visit that site and find the material there enjoyable and interesting. Some of the articles we publish on that site would we think be of particular interest to Spend Matters UK/Europe readers, so we are going to start featuring short tasters here with a link to PSME if you want to read the whole piece. That won’t mean a reduction in the number of articles here; still three free to read posts a day, plus any from our subscription […]

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Legislation to Ban Low-Value PQQs – Bureaucratic and Waste of Government Time

- October 22, 2014 7:32 AM | Categories:

As well as transposing the new EU procurement directives into UK legislation, the government is also planning to incorporate recommendations from Lord Young’s “Growing Your Business” report. But these changes aren’t going down well with many local authorities. The Local Government Chronicle reports: “Councils are being asked to prepare for three “major changes” which will affect the way they procure goods and services. Local government minister Kris Hopkins wrote to council leaders on 10th October telling them they would not be able to use pre-qualification questionnaires for “low-value contracts” which fall below the European Union threshold – currently £173,000. He […]

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Buying Complex Services – Understand the Category, Avoid the Old Banger!

Peter Smith - October 22, 2014 4:31 AM
(We’re delighted to have a guest post on our hot topic for this month, Buying Complex Services. This comes from Jon Milton, Business Development Director of Comensura, specia... more ▸

2015: A “Banner Year” for Invoice Discounting pro

Jason Busch - October 22, 2014 2:13 AM
Invoice discounting is about to hit the afterburner with significant program acceleration inside existing accounts as well as new program implementation and adoption in 2015. In th... more ▸

Atos Procurement Technology Report finds High Levels of Dis-satisfaction

Peter Smith - October 22, 2014 12:04 AM
The Atos Procurement Technology Satisfaction Survey 2014 does not sound like the most revolutionary report we’ve ever seen, but in fact its findings are rather shocking and shoul... more ▸

Coupa Inspire EMEA — Announcements and Customer Comments

Nancy Clinton - October 21, 2014 7:31 AM
In part two of our review (see part 1 here) of last week’s Coupa Inspire event, we look at the important messages … In true Coupa style, they made the most of the opportuni... more ▸

SciQuest 14.2 Update Part 2: Total Supplier Management – Sophisticated Supplier Lifecycle Management Solution Renewed pro

Thomas Kase - October 21, 2014 6:24 AM
In Part 1, we looked at the new TSM (Total Supplier Manager) 14.2 release by SciQuest. Details included a Base TSM with extendible functionality on a core Java framework shared wit... more ▸

ProcureCon Europe – Just Two Weeks Until Procurement Big-Hitters Gather in Berlin

Peter Smith - October 21, 2014 4:31 AM
Just two weeks now to one of the big procurement events of the season, the ProcureCon Europe event at the Hotel Palace, Berlin from Monday, November 3rd through to Wednesday the 5t... more ▸

10 Reasons Why 2015 Will be the Year Invoice Discounting Growth Hits an Inflection Point (Part 1) pro

Jason Busch - October 20, 2014 6:28 AM
There. We’ve put a date on it. 2015 will be the year invoice discounting growth hits a true inflection point with many procurement and A/P organizations finally moving away from ... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Oct. 13 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - October 17, 2014 10:18 AM
Enjoy this week's "best of" roundup from the Spend Matters Network. Here we share the most noteworthy or popular articles our websites posted throughout the week.... more ▸

SciQuest 14.2 Update: Total Supplier Management – Sophisticated Supplier Lifecycle Management Solution Renewed pro

Thomas Kase - October 17, 2014 2:28 AM
SciQuest has released version 14.2 of its Total Supplier Management (TSM) solution. The bulk of the high-end SLM (supplier lifecycle management) and SIM (supplier information manag... more ▸

Ask the Expert Webinar Tomorrow! Grab Your Shades: The Future of Spend Analytics is Bright Plus

Sheena Smith - October 16, 2014 8:11 AM
In this week's Ask The Expert webcast on Friday, October 17 from 10-10:30am Central, Spend Matters Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell will give the 50-cent tour of our "50 Shad... more ▸