The Weather Forecast – Supply Chain Risk Will Be High On the Agenda!

As I look outside on this bright, sunny morning, it is hard to believe that just a week ago I could hardly get out of […]

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

Better known in Europe than in North America, SynerTrade is ramping up its U.S. presence in 2018. We see a bright future for the provider on a global basis, provided it makes adequate sales, marketing and channel investments that call attention to what it is capable of enabling through its broad, cloud-based procurement platform. SynerTrade is one of the few vendors capable of delivering a comprehensive, fully integrated and rapidly deployable source-to-pay suite that also provides organizations the ability to [...]

NHS Subsidiary Companies – The Next Public Sector Scandal?

There is an increasing and worrying trend in the NHS for hospital trusts to set up subsidiary companies and move groups of staff into those […]

National Procurement Service of Wales: The BBC Gets Over-Excited …

At the end of last week, public sector procurement in Wales hit the headlines – well, in Wales anyway, as the BBC seemed (as far […]

SynerTrade: Vendor Snapshot (Part 2) — Product Strengths and Weaknesses [PRO]

Even though the procurement technology suite market is less than two decades old, we're still in an era where there are only a handful of end-to-end source-to-pay providers that are well established and reasonably mature. These providers are not equal by a long shot, each bringing different strengths and weaknesses. And there are some gaps that have not yet been filled (e.g., a “Nimble” buying persona suite). SynerTrade, a procurement technology suite provider, is an example of a firm contributing [...]

Coupa Benchmark Report – Measuring Spend Management Success

We introduced the new Coupa 2018 benchmark report titled “12 ways to measure business spend management success” last week. You can download it here, free […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Ivalua, Jaggaer, Trade Wars & Another Sky

This is my friend Carson Reid, procurement professional extraordinaire, and me, as he and I were having a cup of tea yesterday in Café Nero […]

All We Are “Saved” — Give Purchasing Consortia (Including GPOs) a Chance [Plus +]

Purchasing consortia and group purchasing organization (GPO) models have been accused of being fads in the past. But there are reasons they could more than go mainstream as a common procurement lever across industries, working outside of just healthcare environments, where they have thrived in the past. Spend Matters research suggests that there certainly are a number of underlying factors that make the consortia and GPO models more attractive than before (even if some suppliers, such as the airlines, will [...]

More Hot News From Welsh Procurement, KFC and North Korea …

Two interesting procurement stories broke yesterday – we will come back to both on more detail early next week. In the first, the Welsh National […]

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 […]

Ensuring that NHS Professional Services Spend Delivers Value

This is another in our series of articles relating to good practice in terms of procurement of consulting and related services, published in conjunction with […]

Brexit Contingency Planning at eWorld – Or Lack of It

We attended the Edbury Daley workshop at eWorld Procurement and Supply last week. It was intended to provoke discussion about Brexit, business preparedness, and the […]