Down the Procurement Thai with David Brown, Huawei, Lincoln and Pale Waves

Jason Busch was briefly in town this week and here he is with David Brown of Previse. Brown was the founder of Oxygen Finance and […]

10 Reasons For Procurement to Work With Payments (Part 1) [Plus +]

Sometime shortly after the phrase “P2P” was born, we managed to collectively forget what the second “P” meant. As a friendly reminder, it stands for “pay.” Rather than spanning the length of a transaction from an initial order to payment to a vendor, P2P became known (while companies wrote RFPs for solutions and as vendors marketed tools) as the combination of e-procurement and e-invoicing. This duo, while extremely valuable, doesn’t exactly impact payment all that much (if at all). But [...]

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 […]

Ivalua NOW – Next Month in London – “The Voice Of Procurement”

Next month on March 13th I’m involved in Ivalua NOW, the procurement tech firm’s London event, which is shaping up to be an interesting and […]

Procurement Practitioner or Solution Provider – A Tough Career Decision

A friend of mine has a tricky decision to make. He has been a procurement practitioner for more than ten years – he’s a fair […]

Coupa R20: Incremental Disruption in Action [PRO]

The Spend Matters analyst team recently spent some time going through a deep dive demo on Coupa R20 and found it to be a solid incremental product release. But in this brief, we wanted to discuss the “revolution through evolution” we saw in addition to the new product details that we cover. Coupa’s product releases are now running about three times per year, and it’s refreshing to see more than 500 clients quickly moving through these releases. Such is the [...]

The Missing Link in Social Care

Tony Pilkington, managing director at Younifi, the managed service solution for adult social care, explains how the system can, and must be, simplified.  With a predicted […]

Spend Matters Grills Barry Padgett, New SAP Ariba Supremo

Lat week my colleague and Spend Matters founder Jason Busch interviewed Barry Padgett, who recently  took over as president of SAP Ariba in January, replacing […]

Mid-Week Procurement News RoundUp

We're starting a short, sharp weekly news roundup of the smaller stories you may, or may not, have come across in your busy procurement week. The […]

Aravo: Vendor Snapshot (Part 3) — Summary and Competitive Analysis [PRO]

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Of all the procurement solution providers Spend Matters has tracked over the years, Aravo was arguably the most ahead of its time, delivering a set of supplier management capabilities a decade before demand would catch up with supply for this multifaceted solution category. Owning to the tenacity and passion of its original leadership and the secondary management team that would eventually take the helm, Aravo managed to survive and then thrive, waiting for the market to catch up to it [...]

Government Looks At Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing – Peter Smith Comments

I’ve sent off my submission to the Parliamentary Public Administration and Constitutional  Affairs committee, which is running an inquiry into “Sourcing public services: lessons learned […]

Oh No! Not Surrey! Budget and Spend Management Problems for “Affluent” Council

We wrote last week about the crisis in Northamptonshire, and the suggestions that their shared services organisation was implicated in the poor financial and spend […]