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NHS Procurement Atlas – useful benchmarking or completely flawed data? (Turn left at Copier Paper Junction for Toilet Roll Avenue …)

- July 22, 2014 3:53 AM | Categories:

The National Health Service today published their first spend ”Atlas”, available here. It is trailed in the Daily Telegraph by an article from Dr Dan Poulter, the junior Health Minister. “With an eye-watering £14 billion spent on hospital goods and services, better procurement practices represent a tremendous opportunity to improve efficiency and free up money for patient care… So, today we have launched a new website that begins the process of comparing the prices hospitals pay for over 100 different healthcare product lines – the NHS Procurement Atlas of Variation”. These variations, as we might have expected, are pretty large […]

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Arachnys – today’s new supplier offers easy access to global supply risk information

- July 22, 2014 12:03 AM | Categories:

arachnys compass_thumbnail Continuing our series this week on innovative new businesses of interest to the procurement audience, today we’re featuring Arachnys, which makes me think of spiders (arachnophobia and all that, from the Greek of course) – and the name was chosen in part because there is a “web” element to what they do in more senses than one. Based in London, the firm was founded by David Buxton, who previously worked as an “investigator” for global risk consultancy Control Risks in Russia and Eurasia – which sounds exciting and probably was! Arachnys has grown to 13 people, not bad in 3 […]

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Why Procurement is likely to follow the path that Financial Trading has taken

Nancy Clinton - July 21, 2014 9:15 AM
Financial trading underwent a period of seismic change in the first decade of the new millennium. Trading pits with screaming traders waving pieces of paper in a state of hysteria ... more ▸

Maude survives, Kerslake doesn’t. And you’re mad if you want to be “Government CEO”

Peter Smith - July 21, 2014 4:31 AM
So Francis Maude, our UK “Minister for Procurement” survived last week’s Cabinet re-shuffle, unlike many middle-aged men, moved to make room for a new cohort of woman. Great ... more ▸

New solution providers – Ivalua take on the giants of procurement software

Peter Smith - July 21, 2014 12:03 AM
This week we’re going to have a series of five posts about “new” solutions providers. I say “new” with the commas because they in truth range from the... more ▸

Procurement Provider Net Promoter Study – £15 for 15 mins of your time

Pierre Mitchell - July 18, 2014 6:36 AM
Many procurement organizations benchmark their internal services using customer satisfaction surveys, and some have adopted the Net Promoter Score methodology as a variation on the... more ▸

Ask the Expert is Back: Intellectual Property, Patents, and Proprietary Procurement Solutions Plus

Sheena Smith - July 15, 2014 9:03 AM
We’ve been running a series on patents in procurement solutions in general, and Ariba’s stash of IP goodies in particular (check in on Spend Matters to read them). This week’... more ▸

Designing a Spend Category Taxonomy Properly is Harder Than You Think (Part 2: Go Deep) pro

Pierre Mitchell - July 15, 2014 2:30 AM
Earlier in the month, we had a client ask us if we could offer specific guidelines or methodologies for creating a spend category taxonomy within the automotive and industrial mark... more ▸

Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest: An Arsenal of Intellectual Property (Part 1) Plus

Thomas Kase - July 14, 2014 3:21 PM
Intellectual property rights and patents are big business. And they are, of course, also competitive tools for companies. Witness how many years ago Ariba derailed Emp... more ▸

Designing a Spend Category Taxonomy Properly is Harder Than You Think (Part 1: Do This, Not That) pro

Pierre Mitchell - July 11, 2014 6:34 AM
We had a question from a client of ours about whether there were any guidelines or an overall methodology to coming up with a spend category taxonomy. It’s a simple question, but... more ▸

GTCR & Opus Global Buy Hiperos: Consolidation Begins in Supplier Management Solution Market (Part 1) Plus

Thomas Kase - July 10, 2014 3:23 PM
Marketing can have a funny influence on things. Hiperos labels what it enables as “third party management” rather than “supplier management” or “supplier lifecy... more ▸

Purchase Price Variance (PPV) in Procurement and Savings Strategy: Limitations and One Potential Use pro

Jason Busch - July 9, 2014 3:24 PM
There are many reasons why purchase price variance (PPV) is not the best metric to track procurement performance. In last week’s Spend Matters PRO research brief, ... more ▸