Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Your Spend Data – Webinar on November 28th

In less than two weeks’ time you can enjoy our webinar with leading spend analytics and artificial  intelligence expert Paddy Lawton. The title is Everything […]

A Different Sort of Influence: 16 Areas Where Supplier Management Can Help Engage Your Stakeholders Strategically (Part 1) [Plus +]

Supplier management is too often an afterthought in the eyes of procurement and its stakeholders. Yes, it's important to collect supplier qualification information through the sourcing and onboarding process, and then also monitor the suppliers against their contracts to get what you paid for and to reduce supply risk. But shouldn’t there be more to supplier management? Progressive organizations are beginning to use supplier management (and third-party management more broadly) as a better overall governance structure for how to best [...]

SAP Ariba on the Future of Procurement – Should We Fear the Robots?

We mentioned in our Friday round-up the SAP Ariba "Future of Procurement” event at the impressive Royal College of Physicians in London last week. There […]

Procurement In The Utilities Sector – Event Next Week in Cardiff

Attention readers in Wales and the Bristol area! Next week, on Wednesday November 22nd, I’m in Cardiff for a BravoSolution event, held at the Principality […]

The Procure-to-Pay User Experience (Part 4) [PRO]

Amazon Business

In Part 1 of this series, we addressed why the user experience (UX) is important in a procure-to-pay (P2P) solution, and why we have` dedicated so much time to the topic. The reality is that if users do not use the solution to do their job, the solution does not generate value. And the ultimate key to adoption is the user experience. That’s why many IT companies are beginning to invest significantly in providing a user interface that provides the [...]

NHS Hospitals – Trains, Buying Pains and League Tables

NHS hospitals are now ranked in a league table based on how much they spend on commonly bought items. The Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said, […]

Behind the Scenes: Interpreting Q4 2017 SolutionMap Results With Jason Busch — Jaggaer (and Jaggaer Direct) [PRO]

Today I’m wrapping up my series of observations on Q4 2017 SolutionMap suite providers with perhaps the most fun vendor of all to opine on beyond the data alone: Jaggaer. (Be sure to check out the previous installments covering SAP Ariba, Basware and Coupa; Determine, GEP and Ivalua; and BravoSolution and Zycus, too.) When I think of potential — using the truest sense of the word — in the procurement technology market, there is no provider more underutilized than Jaggaer, especially in [...]

Down the Procurement Pub with SMEs, iBuy, SAP Ariba and Blitzen Trapper

This week Nancy and I went up to the North-West to interview the victorious Manchester Airports Group (MAG) procurement team and their CPO (until recently) […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector […]

Galp Energia and WPP Explain their Procurement Journeys at BravoConnect

Today, we’ve got a couple of customer stories from the recent BravoConnect event in Madrid (BravoSolution's main customer event).  Those sessions are often a highlight […]

Q4 SolutionMap – A Deep Analysis of Procurement Tech Products

We mentioned the new Spend Matters US SolutionMap initiative a couple of weeks back – this really is the most detailed and insightful analysis of […]

Supplier Onboarding: Implementation Tips and Key Recommendations (Part 3) [Plus +]

So far in our PRO series exploring the nuances of setting up a supplier onboarding program we’ve delved into many specific steps and elements necessary to implement an effective process. Yet achieving a level of program certainty around these recommendations and plans is not realistic prior to engaging with a solution provider – unless you are prepared to pay separately for the provider to go through the scoping and delivery documentation as an independent engagement (which can be a smart [...]