Down the Procurement Pub with Cloudbuy, women’s rugby, dodgy charities and Vampire Weekend

- August 22, 2014 7:32 AM | Categories:

Golf me and drink Down the procurement golf club this week, with my first round for about 8 years. Should I take it up again? I don’t know. It just takes so long! I’ve hardy played since I set up my own business, so much for the idea that working for yourself gives you time for these things. Predictably, my round was a mix of the odd surprisingly good shot with quite a few embarrassing 50 yard “drives” sideways into the long grass. But it turned into a beautiful evening and my mystery procurement golfing partner took this shot of me and a pint […]

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Last chance to download these procurement papers for free!

- August 22, 2014 4:27 AM | Categories:

Every research library can do with a seasonal cleaning, and Spend Matters is no exception. Come September 1, the papers in this post will go behind the paywall and no longer be available to download for free (so snap them up while you can!) Click through for those and all of the other latest news from Spend Matters US.

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Cold beer or hot coffee? Procurement planning and demand forecasting at temporary events

Peter Smith - August 22, 2014 12:03 AM
This is the second blog from Daniel Ball of Wax Digital in the “avoiding the temporary tantrums” series,  looking at the challenges of purchasing around temporary spor... more ▸

Public procurement – what happens if Scotland leaves the UK?

Peter Smith - August 21, 2014 7:24 AM
So what happens in terms of public sector procurement if Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom? That’s the central question that the citizens of Scotland are wrestling with ... more ▸

Dr Ian George on Procurement Transformation – Ways of Working

Nancy Clinton - August 21, 2014 4:30 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 ▸

Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest (Part 5): Analysis of a Recently Awarded Patent Plus

Thomas Kase - August 21, 2014 2:35 AM
Has Ariba built a solid brick wall of IP gold or is it all just so much legal papier-mâché to scare us off? Huff and puff – will it hold? If so, will it be used to dr... more ▸

Beeline buys OnForce, VMS market a hive of activity …

Peter Smith - August 21, 2014 12:09 AM
Beeline are part of the huge Adecco staffing group, but operate independently as a leading international provider of Vendor Management Software (VMS), used by clients to manage the... more ▸

Insight for CPOs: How Might CEOs Address Procurement’s Failings? Plus

Peter Smith - August 20, 2014 2:11 AM
In Part 1 of this series, Peter Smith, managing director of Spend Matters UK/Europe, discussed the new Proxima graphic e-book titled "Drowning not waving – how Corporate Virtuali... more ▸

Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest (Part 4): Supplier Approval and Activation in a Network Plus

Thomas Kase - August 19, 2014 2:23 AM
One of the primary motivations behind SAP buying Ariba was its network approach model. It was theoretically a business model that could deliver scale benefits to participants (and ... more ▸

Lessons From Beeline – Areas to Prioritize in Global Services Procurement (Part 2) pro

Jason Busch - August 18, 2014 2:07 AM
In our discussions with Beeline and their customers earlier this summer, we learned about and explored a number of emerging priorities in global services procurement. A number of t... more ▸

Insight for CPOs: Proxima Lays Out Procurement’s Failings, But Are the Answers Here? Plus

Peter Smith - August 15, 2014 2:31 AM
Procurement outsourcing specialist Proxima deservedly received a lot of coverage with its Corporate Virtualization study that was published last year. As you may remember, it an... more ▸

Riskmethods: The Cool Risk Management Solution Provider You Probably Haven’t Heard Of pro

Thomas Kase - August 14, 2014 2:28 AM
Today's Spend Matters PRO research brief covers the cool company that you probably haven’t even heard of, Riskmethods, which delivers risk management that is dynamic, in near ... more ▸