Buying Professional Services – Bloom’s Event Heralds Procurement as a Force for Change

Bloom, who help the public sector buy and manage professional services better (and operate the NEPRO Specialist Professional Services neutral vendor solution on behalf of […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Andrew Daley, Bloom, Geo-Political Risk and Courtney Barnett

Lots of socialising this week as Jason Busch passed through London and I spoke at the Bloom event (see below). Let’s go with this, as […]

Write Better RFPs: How to Get What You Want (and Need) From Suppliers [Plus +]


The typical business challenge when you go to market with an RFP centers on getting ideas for what is possible, and identifying suppliers that either already have these ideas or are willing to work with you toward that end. Targeted activities are often services or complex products where quality, service or the engineered final product will be different from each vendor responding. We've put together some fresh ideas to an old challenge: conveying your needs in ways that a supplier [...]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

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

“iBuy — and I get paid for it” — A Clever CIPS Initiative for Wannabe Buyers

We’ve been looking at the iBuy website, a CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) initiative to tempt young people into procurement as a career. […]

Thought for Today – Your CEO Doesn’t Care About “Procurement”

The first in a series of short, sharp nuggets designed to provoke thought. No competent CEO or Board really cares about the future of the […]

Dhatim Conciliator: Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background & Solution Overview [PRO]

You might not know it, but France has a great history of building outstanding, engineering-led procurement technology firms. Ivalua and b-pack (now Determine) stand out for different reasons, but both have achieved varying degrees of success globally. Dhatim, founded in 2007, stands to follow in their footsteps — and potentially create an even larger imprint. While not a new technology provider in the procurement space, Dhatim, and its solution named Conciliator, is relatively new outside of its home country. Like [...]

Does eSourcing Help Smaller Bidders? Our Experts Comment

I was going back over some very old documents on the server, sorting out files and deleting rubbish, and started reading some Spend Matters articles […]

How To Encourage eSourcing Adoption – Tips from Scanmarket

We mentioned in our overview of Basware Connect last month that we would write a bit more about the presentation from Richard Brown of Scanmarket: […]

Addressing the Challenges of the Travel Procurement Manager – Webinar

“The lodging offered by your preferred supplier is 20% cheaper and you have never had any reason to doubt the quality of its service. But […]

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


This PRO Vendor Snapshot focuses on Catalant, an online (cloud-based) work intermediary and evolving enterprise platform that allows organizations to access and engage highly skilled, well-credentialed independent business consultants and small, boutique consulting businesses. These resources can be sourced from Catalant’s own “digital marketplace” of independent talent and small consulting providers, which has been growing both in terms of number of providers and number of enterprise customers since 2013. Since that time, Catalant has been extending its enterprise platform to, [...]

Consolidation in the Procurement Software Market – Warp Factor Ten, Captain!

Over the past seven years I’ve had discussions both in terms of covering their capabilities and about potential business opportunities for Spend Matters UK/Europe with […]