SAP Buys Concur: Cultural Fit, Scale, Target Customers and More [PRO]

- September 19, 2014 10:31 AM | Categories:

In our previous coverage of the SAP’s announced acquisition of Concur, we provided some background and context on the transaction and offer our candid perspective on the events leading up to the announcement. As we begin our deeper analysis of what the deal means for customers, competitors and the broader market, Thomas Kase, VP Research, who leads Spend Matters T&E coverage, talks about a range of synergies (or lack thereof, in certain cases) around the acquisition including cultural fit, target customer segments, scale, network/content, app store models, talent retention, and much more.

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Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Sept. 15 [Plus +]

- September 19, 2014 10:30 AM | Categories:

Welcome to Week 3 of our “Best Of” roundup, which pulls the latest and greatest commentary and analysis published on the Spend Matters Network. Read on to find out the latest news from our Spend Matters sites both in the US and in Europe, as well as what is going on in industrial metals sourcing and in the worlds of trade financing and public sector procurement.

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Down the Procurement Bank (?) with Monitor’s taxis, Gentoo penguins, Supply Management and Heat

Peter Smith - September 19, 2014 7:31 AM
We held our BravoSolution Real World Sourcing session on Wednesday at the Don restaurant, London. More on that to come next week. I intended to take a picture of a group of hard-wo... more ▸

An Oracle ERP procurement update with Jason Busch + more Spend Matters US revelry

Sheena Smith - September 19, 2014 4:35 AM
Did you miss out on the Enrich-sponsored webinar we did yesterday where Jason Busch crammed as much information as possible on Oracle's ERP procurement into 30 minutes? Have no fea... more ▸

A summary of articles from the Public Spend Matters Europe site

Nancy Clinton - September 19, 2014 12:36 AM
We launched our new site, Public Spend Matters Europe, a couple of weeks ago and it has had a good reception from the public procurement community around Europe. So every Friday, w... more ▸

50 Shades of Pay: Shade 4 – Analyzing Total Spend, Payments by Supplier Type Plus

Pierre Mitchell - September 18, 2014 10:27 AM
In our previous ‘shades’ (begin with Sh... more ▸

Free webinar on September 30th – making a “cradle to grave” procurement contribution

Peter Smith - September 18, 2014 7:14 AM
Procurement alignment with and connection to “the business” is obviously a critical success factor for the profession, functions and us as individuals within procurement. But i... more ▸

CIPS Annual Report – a decent year (except for the Aussies)

Peter Smith - September 18, 2014 4:31 AM
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing (Procurement) and Supply (CIPS) lodged its annual report and accounts with the Charity Commission last month. If you pay your £160 or so ever... more ▸

Independence for Scotland – today’s the day!

Peter Smith - September 18, 2014 12:06 AM
So today is the day for Scotland’s independence vote. I truly believe the rest of the UK will be better off if Scotland decide to go, and I also suspect that after a miserable fe... more ▸

Supply Chain Insights: Robotics and Automation – Prepare For Operations, Procurement Disruption Plus

Thomas Kase - September 17, 2014 10:30 AM
Tom Bonkenburg, head of European Operations for St. Onge, a privately held consultancy focused on supply chain strategy and logistics, gave us perhaps the most critical observation... more ▸

Spend Analytics, Payment Analytics: The Gateway to Gold in Them Thar Hills pro

Jason Busch - September 16, 2014 3:15 PM
This two-part Spend Matters PRO Research brief considers why payment analytics are becoming more important as part of a holistic approach to examining procurement, supplier, accoun... more ▸

Verian Version 14 Highlights: Attacking Coupa’s Ground in the P2P Suite Wars pro

Jason Busch - September 15, 2014 3:15 PM
Last week, in the first installment of this Spend Matters PRO update on Verian, one of a small group of dominant P2P players in the North American middle market to... more ▸