BravoSolution BravoCymru event – Risk, Emotion and New Developments

- October 21, 2014 12:19 AM | Categories:

Cardiff While our Editor, Nancy Clinton, was living it up in London last Thursday, I was in the beautiful surroundings of Cardiff Bay at the BravoSolution “BravoCymru” event. The firm has a very strong market position in the Welsh public sector, as well as some private sector clients in the country, evidenced by the fact that they had over 100 registrations and around 80-90 folk who showed up for the day at the St David’s Spa and Hotel. Public procurement in Wales has some strong achievements to shout about too, with very strong collaboration and initiatives in certain areas that are […]

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Buying Professional Services – In Praise of Relationships

- October 20, 2014 7:31 AM | Categories:

Earlier this month, we had a comment from “RJ” on one of our “Buying Complex Services” articles (this month’s Spend Matters “hop topic.” ) He said this in terms of the value of relationships in the professional services world: “Yet professional services are totally dependent upon the knowledge and skill of the individuals that deliver them. We may be rightfully suspicious of relationships built on golf courses but a service provider who develops a deep understanding of their clients’ organisation, culture and, yes, the personal drivers of the senior execs can often offer better quality solutions, faster than a fresh-faced […]

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Coupa Inspire EMEA and 3 Announcements: Record Growth, Version 12 and a New Partner

Nancy Clinton - October 20, 2014 4:39 AM
Now, I would normally tweet live from an event, but at Coupa Inspire on Thursday last week there was so much to take in, visuals, music (loved the music, especially Alex Kleiner gi... more ▸
 

Procurement Skills and Capabilities – What Do the Survey Results Mean?

Peter Smith - October 20, 2014 4:38 AM
Last week, we gave you the results of the survey we ran around the recent BravoSolution Real World Sourcing event titled Skills and Careers – the next ten years. Today, we’ll p... more ▸
 

Down the Procurement Pub with ICPS, BravoSolution, John Manzoni, the FTSE decline and the Bots

Peter Smith - October 17, 2014 7:31 AM
I was speaking at the BravoCymru Conference in Cardiff yesterday, with close to 100 people from the Welsh public and private sectors delegates in a room with great views over Cardi... more ▸
 

Who is the cloud(iest) and the SaaS(iest)? Does it even matter?

Sheena Smith - October 17, 2014 4:35 AM
In this week's round-up of what's happening in the US, we attended the IACCM Americas Conference (surviving the psychedelic carpet at the Marriott O'Hare), discovered that SAP's em... more ▸
 

Get the Most Out of Invoice Discounting Programs, Supplier Uptake and Savings pro

Jason Busch - October 16, 2014 2:39 AM
Last week we considered a number of the findings from Taulia’s recent survey of 3,800 suppliers using its network. The findings we previewed contain a number of key (highly posit... more ▸
 

Cloud: “It’s All Hype” Plus

Thomas Kase - October 15, 2014 2:25 AM
In Part 1, we read about some of the details that lurk under the surface of the deceptively simple “cloud” label. Part 2 has the first half of our exclusive interview with Stev... more ▸
 

The Cloud Hype: What Makes Sense For Businesses? Plus

Thomas Kase - October 14, 2014 2:49 AM
Part 1 of this series looked at various permutations of cloud and SaaS solutions – with a statement Larry Ellison has made at several Oracle Open World events, as well as thought... more ▸
 

50 Shades of Pay: Shade 7 – Purchase and Payment Historical Spending Plus

Pierre Mitchell - October 13, 2014 2:36 AM
In the last six installments of this research series, we’ve talked about the numerous ways to mine and utilize payment history data to create value. But, you can't really do spen... more ▸
 

Best Of Spend Matters Network – Week of Oct. 6 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - October 10, 2014 10:25 AM
Happy Friday! And welcome to this week's Best Of Roundup – giving you the most popular and noteworthy articles published on the Spend Matters Network throughout the week. Enjoy!... more ▸
 

Diving Into the World’s Largest “Guided Buying” E-Procurement Implementation Plus

Pierre Mitchell - October 9, 2014 6:41 AM
In this Spend Matters Plus article, we dive into some of the details at what is likely the largest implementation of “guided buying” currently underway in the world. What’s i... more ▸