Events For Your Diary – Our RoundUp of What’s Coming Soon

For the next few weeks at least, we are going to be giving you a round-up every Friday of forthcoming events that we’re involved with […]

Lost Sourcing Savings: Survey Data Suggest a Crisis (Part 3) [Plus +]

Editor's note: This Spend Matters Plus brief is a refresh of our 2013 series on sourcing strategies, which originally ran on Spend Matters PRO. Check out Part 1  and Part of this series first.  If we were to point fingers at where technology can help companies drive implemented savings, five areas would rise to the top: demand aggregation, collaboration (internal and supplier), strategic sourcing (with an emphasis beyond driving to negotiated outcomes alone), analytics and architecture/information management. We won’t investigate the [...]

Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. […]

AI in Procurement Today (Part 2): 6 Applications in P2P [PRO]

As we discussed in Part 1 of this series, AI is the reigning buzzword of the day in procurement software. Just about every enterprise vendor out there claims to have AI, even if all they have is RPA. To help procurement organizations get up to speed, we reviewed the definition of each of the technologies in the “cognitive” stack — RPA, ML, AR, AI and cognitive — and discussed how some (but definitely not all) platforms are making use of [...]

Four Go To Coupa Inspire – And What We Found There

Stunning views yesterday of the iconic Canary Wharf skyscrapers from the Intercontinental Hotel, O2, host of Coupa Inspire. Our good friend and colleague over from […]

Are you Really Managing Procurement – Per Angusta Webinar Available On-Demand

Our recent webinar was titled Are you Really Managing Procurement – or Does Stuff Just Happen? It was sponsored by solution provider Per Angusta, and […]

Procurement and Value – Plus a Bit About Dinosaurs

There was an amusing Twitter exchange last week, following Malcolm Harrison’s remarks at the CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) conference last week. Katie […]

AI In Procurement Today (Part 1): Definitions and 6 Applications in P2P [PRO]

AI is the buzzword — or, more precisely, the buzz acronym — du jour in procurement software. Just about every vendor claims its applications have artificial intelligence, even though many have only basic forms of robotic process automation (RPA) or, at best, automated reasoning systems enhanced by machine learning. But whether or not a vendor has capabilities that constitute true AI is not the ultimate question procurement needs to answer. Rather, procurement must ask what currently available systems can do [...]

Final Call for Two Great Events Next Week!

A final reminder for two events next week. First. On Wednesday 14th we have the “AI and Procurement” breakfast at the Gherkin in London (a private […]

Government Looks To Increase Tax Revenue from Contractors

In the UK government budget last week, there were announcements about the tax treatment of contingent workers, announcements that appear to add to confusion rather […]

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

supplier management

The supplier management technology market is among the most fragmented of those in the procurement technology landscape. It comprises multiple segments (and sub-segments), and Spend Matters now tracks approximately 50 providers that compete within niche segments of it. One of these providers is AdaptOne, a vendor specializing in supplier information management that perfectly matches Spend Matters’ SolutionMap “Turnkey” persona for supplier management. This Spend Matters PRO report provides facts and expert analysis to help procurement organizations make informed decisions about [...]

Goodbye From Me – Or Is It Au Revoir?*

(* see this classic bit of video with Peter Cook and Jonathan Miller to understand that reference!) I told you last Friday about my plans […]