Globality Gets Into Gear – A Serious Attempt To Disrupt Global Services Buying?

There are many ways to start a new business. You can develop your idea on the kitchen table, rope in a few friends who will […]

Procurement Has Advanced In 30 Years – But Not That Much!

This was from Supply Management last week, in their coverage of the CIPS SM Awards. “When I started 30 years ago [procurement] wasn’t really a […]

ConnXus: Vendor Snapshot (Part 2) — Product Strengths & Weaknesses [PRO]

From a technology and content perspective, the market for supplier diversity-specific supplier management solutions has remained somewhat of a cottage industry for over a decade. Larger vendors, including both software and risk-centric providers, have not been able to take advantage of scale or reach. Further, over the years, even those organizations which have acquired diversity-centric vendors (e.g., Kroll, Jaggaer) have not been able to consolidate the market. This has opened the door for more recent entrants, such as ConnXus, to [...]

Procurement Conferences – Clashfinder for w/c October 16th

If you are a Festival attendee, as I am, you will know the wonderful Clashfinder website, which gives you a timetable of all the artists […]

CIPS SM Procurement Awards – Should Judges Be Allowed To Enter?

Having written positively about the CIPS SM Awards last week, we had a couple of interesting comments, one to the website and one via a […]

Council Loans, Wasted Millions, Arrests Made in Northampton

£10.25 million is a lot of money for a fairly small borough council. Think how hard the procurement team at Northampton Borough Council would have […]

How to Use Planning and Budgeting to Transform Procurement — and the Enterprise [Plus +]

As summer turns to fall, that time of the year that so many enterprises enjoy and look forward to is here: the annual planning and budgeting process for next year. Yes, I’m kidding. This process ranks only a few notches above root canal for most budget owners. Yet if you had to look at the single most powerful best practice within procurement, especially for indirect procurement, it would be procurement’s involvement in the planning and budgeting process to improve the [...]

BravoSolution Real World Procurement Webinar – Atkinson on SRM Skills

Next Tuesday (26th) you can participate in the latest of the BravoSolution Real World Procurement webinars. It is titled Supplier Relationship and Value Management: Does […]

Icertis Webinar – Cloud Contract Management To Release Rapid Value

Last week we participated in a webinar with Icertis, the contract lifecycle management (CLM) cloud solution provider. It was titled  “Accelerating Time to Value with […]

ConnXus: Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background and Solution Overview [PRO]

suppliers

The supplier management technology market is a microcosm of the procurement technology market generally, as it has many subsegments and is fragmented from a provider perspective. Procurement organizations need to do their full homework when evaluating potential suppliers, including newer technology vendors and a host of incumbents that have been competing for a decade (and sometimes more) in this market segment. Consider that two components within the supplier management, supplier information management (SIM) and supplier discovery management (SDM), have been [...]

Maude Lays Into Civil Service – But Did His Procurement Reforms Work?

Francis (Lord) Maude, ex Minister for the Cabinet Office and de facto “minister for procurement” from 2010-15 has laid into the civil service.  Civil Service […]

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

SciQuest

LevaData is a provider that challenges the traditional notion of “modules” in the procurement technology sector. In combining supply chain visibility, market data and benchmarks, community analytics, optimization, forecasting, AI techniques and strategic sourcing capability, LevaData is positioning itself as the first “cognitive sourcing” provider. While focused primarily today on select industries and categories, its goal is to become both a single source of truth and core enablement technology for broader direct materials sourcing. Today, LevaData’s solution blends integrated market [...]