A Final Request – Please Complete Our Public Procurement Collaboration Survey

You may remember we are carrying out a piece of research into public procurement collaboration – what works well, what doesn’t, how could the situation […]

HfS and Accenture Publish Procurement Outsourcing Analysis – Essential Reeding

Back in December, outsourcing analyst firm HfS produced a “blueprint” report – “Procurement-As-a -Service 2016” - which looked at the changing market for procurement outsourcing […]

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

Scanmarket is one of the last remaining independent “upstream” procurement technology suite providers. While it brings particular capability and expertise in running both simple and complex RFX and auction processes (and formats), it also offers a range of adjacent capabilities in project management, supplier management and contract management. On many levels, Scanmarket is one of the heirs apparent to the specialized e-sourcing capability pioneered by firms like FreeMarkets and Procuri — and it also represents a targeted and cost-effective alternative [...]

NAO on Crown Commercial Service – What Went Wrong With Procurement Centralisation Initiative?

We have been threatening to come back to the UK National Audit Office report on Crown Commercial Service since just before Christmas, so here we […]

Down the Procurement Pub with CCS, Science Warehouse, the Front Covers and Hippo Campus

A quiet week really, back from hols and we’re not yet into the spring conference season, no US visitors or exciting pub trips. So let’s […]

SciQuest: Solution Review & Analysis [Plus +]

SciQuest is arguably the most challenging procurement technology suite vendor to compare directly to the competition. This perhaps explains why it has tended to surface less in competitive procure-to-pay (P2P) or source-to-pay (S2P) suite opportunities outside of its traditional key vertical sectors for transactional procurement (e.g., higher education, laboratory/research, life sciences, public sector) in the past. While it is possible to label SciQuest as a procurement technology suite vendor (source-to-pay, source-to-contract and procure-to-pay), the reality is that to date, the [...]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

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

IT Supply Chain Developments and Their Impact on Buying Decisions

Al Nagar, Head of Benchmarking, KnowledgeBus, Mercato Solutions, continues his series of monthly advisory pieces sharing recent movements and 'impactors' within key IT product categories, to keep you up to […]

Key Procurement Tensions/Trade-offs for 2017 – Supplier Collaboration and Innovation versus Tactical Power Plays

A few days ago,  we outlined five key areas of interest or tensions maybe for procurement in 2017. TWe are now looking at each in […]

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

The sourcing and supplier management suite market (inclusive of spend analytics, e-sourcing, supplier management and contract management) was a crowded sector for many years. But as more providers with capabilities focused on this area have expanded their product offering to transactional procurement and as vendors in the procure-to-pay (P2P) sector expanded through acquisition into sourcing and supplier management, the number of targeted suite providers focused solely on what we describe as the “source-to-contract” market has declined. Yet Scanmarket is one [...]

Trade Extensions Results – And Might Technology Threaten the 3PL World?

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Privately owned firms don’t have to say too much about their performance publicly, unlike those with a stock market quote. But most will make some […]

Sam Walsh and Bill Crothers – Two Different Challenges For CIPS!

So, despite our suggestions and to our surprise, Sam Walsh, the President of CIPS, has not resigned (or been asked to resign, we assume) following […]