The Best Songs of 2014

- December 20, 2014 5:20 AM | Categories:

We will be running our top albums of 2014 between Christmas and New Year – what will win the coveted Spend Matters Album of the Year Award, we wonder? I honestly have not decided yet – this year it is a very difficult choice. But today, here are both a few thoughts for last minute gifts perhaps, and also my favourite tracks of the year. Rock The rockers in your life will enjoy excellent rock albums from Ex Hex with Rips (think Blondie, Ramones but with ace guitar work from all girl trio), War on Drugs (who knew that old […]

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What Re-establishing Diplomatic Relationships With Cuba Means For the Supply Chain [Plus +]

- December 19, 2014 2:29 PM | Categories:

We are still far from making any comparison with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, however, this is big news for Cubans in particular and it can be a good economic opportunity for the US, too - and not just cigar aficionados. Let's set aside concerns over the oppressive leadership in Cuba and just look at the good news. While there is still a lot to figure out, this is one step toward Cuba's globalization, but not necessarily toward democratization. At Spend Matters, we try to go beyond the political implications and also analyze the potential implications for, or opportunities to, American and Cuban businesses and their supply chains.

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Down the Procurement Pub with Xmas parties, Science Warehouse, iValua and the Dandy Warhols

Peter Smith - December 19, 2014 7:31 AM
Here’s a picture of the wildly extravagant Spend Matters Europe Christmas Party! Yes, Nancy Clinton, our esteemed Editor, and I went to the Belgian Arms in Holyport for lunch and... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Dec. 15 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - December 19, 2014 6:13 AM
Happy Friday, and welcome back to the Spend Matters Network's Best of Roundup - giving you the most noteworthy articles we published this week!... more ▸

2015 procurement predictions continue + happy holidays from Spend Matters US

Sheena Smith - December 19, 2014 4:37 AM
Happy last weekly Spend Matters US round-up of 2014! We're all signing off next week for some much needed rest and relaxation (and wine). Today we'll walk you through some more of ... more ▸

This Week’s Summary of Articles from Public Spend Matters Europe

Nancy Clinton - December 19, 2014 12:05 AM
Time again for a roundup of the articles published on Public Spend Matters Europe (PSME) this week. Launched on September 1st, our public sector site is building momentum and rec... more ▸

eSourcing Tools and Technology – Our Hot Topic for January

Peter Smith - December 18, 2014 7:31 AM
We gave our monthly hot topic a rest for December, but we will be back in January. Our chosen topic is covered regularly through the month on the site and in our newsletter, with a... more ▸

A Christmas Shopper’s Guide to Procurement Excellence

Nancy Clinton - December 18, 2014 4:30 AM
We’re delighted to bring you another Christmas-themed post: Daniel Ball, director at Wax Digital shares a few lessons Christmas shoppers could learn from the procurement prof... more ▸

Market-Informed Sourcing – How Trade Extensions and Others Go Beyond Strategic Sourcing pro

Thomas Kase - December 18, 2014 2:34 AM
There’s a new strategic sourcing philosophy and capability on the market: market-informed sourcing. In this 2-part Spend Matters PRO research brief, Thomas Kase, vice pres... more ▸

50 Shades of Pay – Shade 11: Strategic Spend Planning Plus

Pierre Mitchell - December 17, 2014 2:38 AM
In the previous 10 installments of this series, we’ve discussed how (and why) to build a foundational capability to analyze spending history and then identify a myriad of opportu... more ▸

Periscope Holdings (BuySpeed) Acquires BidSync – Background and Vendor Analysis pro

Thomas Kase - December 16, 2014 2:45 AM
Fueled by liquidity from Parthenon Capital Partners, Periscope Holdings recently announced it acquired BidSync. Both companies have a core focus on procurement in the public sector... more ▸

P2P and ERP Integration: Thinking Through Data Quality and Overall Key Success Factors pro

Kaitlyn McAvoy - December 15, 2014 2:45 AM
With apologies to Meghan Trainor, it’s not all about the bass, at least not when it comes to P2P success and integration. Rather, it’s all about data quality. Successfully inte... more ▸