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Provider Strategies in Asia: Country-Specific Trends and Considerations (Part 2) [Plus +]

- July 22, 2014 11:35 AM | Categories:

This is the second in a two-part Spend Matters Plus series from Thomas Kase, VP of research, on strategies for providers to deliver procurement solutions and services in Asia. This second installment covers specific trends and recommendations for Singapore, Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia. So what should a company looking at an Asian expansion do? If this is a topic that interests you and you're not a Spend Matters Plus subscriber, contact us to inquire about a free trial.

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NAO on Cabinet Office Efficiency Savings – a mixed review for the procurement elements

- July 22, 2014 9:31 AM | Categories:

We mentioned the National Audit Office (NAO) reports last week on rail procurement and on their assessment of the savings figures declared by the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) within the Cabinet Office. NAO goes into a lot of audit type detail in their examination of the numbers, as you might hope and expect. I gives Cabinet Office a fairly good but mixed review really in terms of whether we can trust their published data; 9 of the 14 savings areas defined by ERG are rated as “Reasonable”, five as “Moderate”. They also highlight that not all of last year’s […]

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Dr Ian George on Procurement Transformation – All One Team

Nancy Clinton - July 22, 2014 6:30 AM
Continuing the theme of Procurement Transformation, we’re delighted to feature the next in the series from Dr Ian George, a senior partner and practising consultant at Agile Par... more ▸

NHS Procurement Atlas – useful benchmarking or completely flawed data? (Turn left at Copier Paper Junction for Toilet Roll Avenue …)

Peter Smith - July 22, 2014 3:53 AM
The National Health Service today published their first spend ”Atlas”, available here. It is trailed in the Daily Telegraph by an article from Dr Dan Poulter, the junior Health... more ▸

Arachnys – today’s new supplier offers easy access to global supply risk information

Peter Smith - July 22, 2014 12:03 AM
Continuing our series this week on innovative new businesses of interest to the procurement audience, today we’re featuring Arachnys, which makes me think of spiders (arachno... more ▸

Provider Strategies: Delivering Procurement Solutions and Services in Asia (Part 1) Plus

Thomas Kase - July 21, 2014 10:56 AM
“Asia” is obviously an impossibly broad label, covering so many countries, with such a range of cultures, languages, and political, ethnic, and demographical issues that we hav... more ▸

Why Procurement is likely to follow the path that Financial Trading has taken

Nancy Clinton - July 21, 2014 9:15 AM
Financial trading underwent a period of seismic change in the first decade of the new millennium. Trading pits with screaming traders waving pieces of paper in a state of hysteria ... more ▸

Maude survives, Kerslake doesn’t. And you’re mad if you want to be “Government CEO”

Peter Smith - July 21, 2014 4:31 AM
So Francis Maude, our UK “Minister for Procurement” survived last week’s Cabinet re-shuffle, unlike many middle-aged men, moved to make room for a new cohort of woman. Great ... more ▸

Trojan Rabbits and Project Portfolios: Procurement Market’s Freemium Applications and Services (Part 1) Plus

Pierre Mitchell - July 18, 2014 2:05 PM
The old Trojan horse trick has its place in the procurement market. This Spend Matters Plus research brief, by Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell, covers the good, bad, and ugl... more ▸

Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest: Sourcing and eProcurement (Part 2) Plus

Thomas Kase - July 17, 2014 4:09 PM
This is the second in a multi-part series on Spend Matters Plus. Read Part 1 ... more ▸

What Makes Public Sector Spend Analysis Different: Lessons From Spikes Cavell in the US and UK (Part 1) pro

Jason Busch - July 16, 2014 7:02 PM
Spikes Cavell, a spend visibility provider perhaps best known in the UK for serving public sector clients with a broad-based spend classification and analytics offering, has spent ... more ▸

Ask the Expert is Back: Intellectual Property, Patents, and Proprietary Procurement Solutions Plus

Sheena Smith - July 15, 2014 9:03 AM
We’ve been running a series on patents in procurement solutions in general, and Ariba’s stash of IP goodies in particular (check in on Spend Matters to read them). This week’... more ▸