Community Intelligence Webinar – Available to Download Now

A couple of weeks back, we did a webinar with spend management firm Coupa titled “Community Intelligence – A Procurement Revolution”. If you missed it, you can now listen to it at your leisure – just register here for the link.  In the session, John Callan from Coupa and I talked about the underlying concept of “Community Intelligence” – that is, using the data, knowledge and information from across a community of buyers and buying organisations for mutual benefit. It is not a new idea of course – for example, collaborative buying organisations have in a sense done that for years, and every consulting firm benchmarking study looks to achieve that goal by pulling together information form a range of participating benchmarkees. But it hasn’t always proved easy, for various reasons. We think this is now “revolutionary” though, because developments, mainly technology-related, both speed (power) and capability, mean that it [...]

A Fine Purchase-to-Pay Romance – Spend Matters Top Papers

In the run up to Christmas and my passing over the Spend Matters UK/Europe reins, we’ve been featuring some of the briefing papers I’ve written over the past eight years. We’ll leave those published in 2018 – we will run through those again in the first week of January to get you back into work mode and thinking about serious matters again. Today, have the best-designed paper we ever published – nothing to do with us, we should say, but thanks to Basware’s marketing and design people for coming up with the brilliant comic book approach to “Procurement & Finance – A Fine Purchase-to-Pay Romance Or The Best Of Enemies”?  You can download it via that link – and this is what we said about it in 2017. ______________ Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Samson and Delilah. Kermit and Miss Piggy. Perhaps you have been in that situation personally - [...]