Welcome to our new sponsors – Hubwoo and Emptoris

We are delighted to have two new sponsors for Spend Matters UK / Europe, as you may have spotted from the appearance of their logos on the site. They are both well-established, international firms, and we very much look forward to working with them.  I've also discovered pretty serious music fans (maybe even a Reading Festival buddy for 2011) amongst both firms' senior ranks which is a real bonus!  ("The new Midlake album isn't a throwback to Fairport  Convention, it's an homage to early Moody Blues").

Emptoris "is the leader in contract management, spend analysis, eSourcing, and supplier performance software solutions"; and will need no introduction to many readers. They've been around since 1999 and consistently have invested in R&D to be one of the most innovative technology firms in the procurement and supply chain world.  They're strong in a whole range of procurement technology and solutions, and consistently rank very highly on industry surveys and analyst reports.

They have a market-leading position in services procurement, and in recent years have built on private sector success with blue-chip clients such as Heinz and Amex by achieving a very strong position in the UK public sector, working successfully with some of the largest UK Government organisations.

Jason at Spend Matters US has written extensively about Emptoris; we will feature them in more detail here of course, but for now, if you would like to know more, take a look at his pieces here, here and here.

Hubwoo is "the global leader in SAP®-based procurement solutions delivered On-Demand, as-a-service to organizations".  They're headquartered in Paris but are highly international now, with a real blue-chip client base, offering solutions that enable organisations to take rapid advantage of SAP technology, avoiding the usual implementation cost and effort.   Their offering is a mix of 'cloud based' software with a strong services offering, so they work with clients both to augment in-house procurement or as an outsourced service provider across specific categories / sectors.  They also compete with Ariba in managing P2P transactions through their  supplier collaboration hub of over 100,000 active suppliers.

Hubwoo are sponsoring the current Spend Matters US series on procurement outsourcing; and you can read more about them here and here from previous US posts.

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