Music for Easter – spiritual doesn’t necessarily mean religious

- April 19, 2014 12:09 AM | Categories:

Thoughts on what makes music spiritual, with examples from Van Morrison, the Staple Singers, Edwin Hawkins, Midlake and the Unthanks.

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A short break from procurement – happy Easter holidays to our readers

- April 18, 2014 3:15 AM | Categories:

To all our readers who are celebrating religious festivals, or simply enjoying a public holiday or two (as in the UK), have a good weekend. We’re not publishing our usual quota today or Monday but will be back in full on Tuesday. We’ll have some musical thoughts over the weekend too. If you can’t do without your fill of procurement content however, the US are working today and Monday so you can read what my colleagues there have to say. It’s also well worth reading Jason Busch’s multiple posts (e.g. this one) from the Coupa Inspire event this week – […]

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Coupa and DocuSign: A Critical Partnership that Bodes Well for Finance, Legal, and Procurement Plus

Jason Busch - April 17, 2014 9:39 AM
Coupa announced today that it is partnering with DocuSign to provide integrated digital signing capability with its own set of applications. For customers, this partnership is perh... more ▸

Down the Procurement Pub with Cloudbuy, Richard Beaumont, the Ministry of Justice and Heterotic

Peter Smith - April 17, 2014 7:31 AM
It didn’t seem appropriate to publish our down the procurement pub regular feature on Good Friday, so it’s here today. (There will be some light posting over the Easter weekend... more ▸

Integrated ERP Procurement Myth – unraveling the spaghetti strands

Nancy Clinton - April 17, 2014 4:30 AM
In Pierre Mitchell's remarkable article (with opinion, insight, thought-leadership, analysis and recommendations all rolled into one), "Don’t Fall for the Myth of Integrated ERP ... more ▸

Procurement capability building – learning from Formula One

Peter Smith - April 17, 2014 12:01 AM
Our recent webinar* with GEP was focused on capability building in general, and we looked at the particular aspect of skills transfer in more detail. Now a couple of years ago, I w... more ▸

Coupa and — Partnership Analysis, Implications, and User Recommendations pro

Jason Busch - April 16, 2014 9:53 AM
Earlier today, Coupa announced it was partnering with, a company that was once really just a directory service for global suppliers. It has since become as diverse in i... more ▸

Coupa and Alibaba – a procurement marketplace match made in… San Francisco?

Peter Smith - April 16, 2014 9:31 AM
Big news from San Francisco today – a little more interesting than Camberley, I guess!   But Coupa are holding their client conference there this week, (that’s San Fran, ... more ▸

Reza Hagel – a procurement visionary at the CPO event

Peter Smith - April 16, 2014 8:31 AM
Continuing our series (after a short delay) on the key presentations from the recent CPO Event, the next example was one of those unexpected moments when something or someone far e... more ▸

Contract Management Dilemmas – To Trust or Track the Supplier? Plus

Sheena Smith - April 16, 2014 6:37 AM
Trust only goes so far - but the same can be said for tracking as well! Peter Smith of Spend Matters UK/Europe will be our expert on our Plus/PRO member webinar this Thursday. He'l... more ▸

New plans for Defence Equipment and Support – but will Bernard Gray be around to implement them?

Peter Smith - April 16, 2014 4:31 AM
According to reports, the UK’s Ministry of Defence is about to issue details of the revised Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) programme for greater private sector involvem... more ▸

Will Trade Financing Bring About More Change to Banks or ERPs? pro

Jason Busch - April 16, 2014 2:34 AM
We define trade financing as the combination of receivables financing and payables financing (inclusive of supply chain finance) and purchase-to-pay technologies, including e-invoi... more ▸

Supplier Diversity – opening up opportuntities

Peter Smith - April 16, 2014 12:03 AM
We’ve covered supplier diversity for a while, and we’ve argued that conceptually it can have a number of objectives and benefits. Those may be customer facing (being seen by cu... more ▸

Keelvar: A New Sourcing Tool That Will Change How Old-School CIPS and NAPM Members Negotiate Plus

Jason Busch - April 15, 2014 3:18 PM
Over the years, I’ve moderated my views on reverse auctions. I now believe that their most useful legacy was ushering in a world of online communication and management of supplie... more ▸

Indirect versus direct procurement – our readers point out the paradoxes

Peter Smith - April 15, 2014 7:31 AM
Last week we talked about whether the Indirect / Direct classification had any relevance to a large number of industries, following my colleague Jason Busch’s remarks about h... more ▸

The Co-op shambles shows that mutuals aren’t all admirable

Peter Smith - April 15, 2014 4:31 AM
Paul Myners, a very experienced businessman (an ex colleague of mine at NatWest many years ago in fact – seemed like a good guy, clearly very smart too), who has worked in politi... more ▸

Building procurement capability via skills transfer from third-party providers

Peter Smith - April 15, 2014 12:01 AM
Our  webinar  last week with GEP was focused on procurement capability building in general, looking in most detail at the issue of skills transfer, particularly when that comes f... more ▸

Tungsten’s Three-Headed Funding Model Eliminates Hassle for Suppliers of Large Corporations pro

Jason Busch - April 14, 2014 3:03 PM
Tungsten was set up pure and simple to use technology to change and shape the way suppliers of large corporations access financing. Their slogan is a “Secure, Smart, Fast” solu... more ▸

Making of the Secret Sauce: Tricks for Using the Open Web for Supply Market Intelligence Plus

Pierre Mitchell - April 11, 2014 5:20 PM
While marketing and strategy groups get budget to use big data tools and high-end premium content subscriptions, most procurement groups are decidedly a little more low budget. The... more ▸

E-Sourcing Solution Review: LiveSource pro

Jason Busch - April 10, 2014 3:05 PM
[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post was published on March 24. We have since received updated information regarding's new CEO, Bo Hagler, and are republishing t... more ▸

Tips on Speaking to a Procurement Audience: Give Up the Slides, Please Plus

Jason Busch - April 10, 2014 2:30 AM
Whenever I have a big speech to give, I usually spend a few weeks preparing, or at least going through in my head, a planned outline. Like many presenters for whom public speaking ... more ▸

Ask the Expert: B2B Commerce Networks Enter the Supply Chain Finance Space Plus

Sheena Smith - April 9, 2014 9:08 AM
Ask the Expert is back! In the last few months, there have been several announcements that companies are attempting to bridge the financing/banking and eProcurement, e-invoi... more ▸

The Holy Trinity that Makes Traxpay Connect Networks with Payments pro

Jason Busch - April 8, 2014 10:45 AM
In this research brief, Jason Busch and David Gustin (Managing Director of Trade Financing Matters) explore why a unique need for payment capability fully integrated into the B2B s... more ▸

The Spend Matters Stock Portfolio – April Update Plus

Peter Smith - April 3, 2014 11:17 AM
We're three months into our stock portfolio exercise and for the first time Jason and Peter's joint portfolio has lost a little ground. Despite still being up 6 percent on the year... more ▸