Down the Procurement Pub with Cloudbuy, Richard Beaumont, the Ministry of Justice and Heterotic

- April 17, 2014 7:31 AM | Categories:

ned wine It didn’t seem appropriate to publish our down the procurement pub regular feature on Good Friday, so it’s here today. (There will be some light posting over the Easter weekend, but a reduced quantity until Tuesday).  I have had a very quiet time after the excitement of Jason’s visit and the Dutch Sourcing Awards last week, so little to report on the actual ‘pub’ front. So last night was a curry at home with some of my wife’s lovely relatives, including the best under 14 chess player in the UK … and a nice drop of Ned, a very acceptable […]

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Integrated ERP Procurement Myth – unraveling the spaghetti strands

- April 17, 2014 4:30 AM | Categories:

In Pierre Mitchell's remarkable article (with opinion, insight, thought-leadership, analysis and recommendations all rolled into one), "Don’t Fall for the Myth of Integrated ERP Procurement" - Pierre takes the lid off the tin of spaghetti that twists and turns around ERP. He talks about its value, integration and relationship with procurement, the major players clouding the water and the good old procurement/IT who-knows-best debate. This article is an absolute must-read for anyone already using SAP/Ariba, since it outlines the what-comes-next scenario for the largest ERP and, previously largest, best-of-breed vendor. And for those not using it, any organisation purchasing technology will benefit from this frank and informative look at the issues around 'being proactive and not outsourcing your Procurement Information Architecture / strategy.'

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Procurement capability building – learning from Formula One

Peter Smith - April 17, 2014 12:01 AM
Our recent webinar* with GEP was focused on capability building in general, and we looked at the particular aspect of skills transfer in more detail. Now a couple of years ago, I w... more ▸

Coupa and Alibaba – a procurement marketplace match made in… San Francisco?

Peter Smith - April 16, 2014 9:31 AM
Big news from San Francisco today – a little more interesting than Camberley, I guess!   But Coupa are holding their client conference there this week, (that’s San Fran, ... more ▸

Reza Hagel – a procurement visionary at the CPO event

Peter Smith - April 16, 2014 8:31 AM
Continuing our series (after a short delay) on the key presentations from the recent CPO Event, the next example was one of those unexpected moments when something or someone far e... more ▸

New plans for Defence Equipment and Support – but will Bernard Gray be around to implement them?

Peter Smith - April 16, 2014 4:31 AM
According to reports, the UK’s Ministry of Defence is about to issue details of the revised Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) programme for greater private sector involvem... more ▸

Supplier Diversity – opening up opportuntities

Peter Smith - April 16, 2014 12:03 AM
We’ve covered supplier diversity for a while, and we’ve argued that conceptually it can have a number of objectives and benefits. Those may be customer facing (being seen by cu... more ▸

Indirect versus direct procurement – our readers point out the paradoxes

Peter Smith - April 15, 2014 7:31 AM
Last week we talked about whether the Indirect / Direct classification had any relevance to a large number of industries, following my colleague Jason Busch’s remarks about h... more ▸

The Co-op shambles shows that mutuals aren’t all admirable

Peter Smith - April 15, 2014 4:31 AM
Paul Myners, a very experienced businessman (an ex colleague of mine at NatWest many years ago in fact – seemed like a good guy, clearly very smart too), who has worked in politi... more ▸

Building procurement capability via skills transfer from third-party providers

Peter Smith - April 15, 2014 12:01 AM
Our  webinar  last week with GEP was focused on procurement capability building in general, looking in most detail at the issue of skills transfer, particularly when that comes f... more ▸

G4S back in frame for UK public contracts – has its exile been successful for government ?

Peter Smith - April 14, 2014 8:30 AM
So G4S, the huge security and outsourced services provider, is officially off the naughty step with the UK government and back in the frame for government contracts. What are the l... more ▸

Dutch Sourcing Awards – very different from CIPS, Procurement Leaders etc. But very successful

Peter Smith - April 14, 2014 4:34 AM
We reported briefly on last Thursday’s Dutch Sourcing Awards here, but let’s return to that excellent event today. The Awards shared some similarities with the various UK event... more ▸

E-Sourcing Solution Review: LiveSource pro

Jason Busch - April 10, 2014 3:05 PM
[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post was published on March 24. We have since received updated information regarding's new CEO, Bo Hagler, and are republishing t... more ▸

Tips on Speaking to a Procurement Audience: Give Up the Slides, Please Plus

Jason Busch - April 10, 2014 2:30 AM
Whenever I have a big speech to give, I usually spend a few weeks preparing, or at least going through in my head, a planned outline. Like many presenters for whom public speaking ... more ▸

Ask the Expert: B2B Commerce Networks Enter the Supply Chain Finance Space Plus

Sheena Smith - April 9, 2014 9:08 AM
Ask the Expert is back! In the last few months, there have been several announcements that companies are attempting to bridge the financing/banking and eProcurement, e-invoi... more ▸

The Holy Trinity that Makes Traxpay Connect Networks with Payments pro

Jason Busch - April 8, 2014 10:45 AM
In this research brief, Jason Busch and David Gustin (Managing Director of Trade Financing Matters) explore why a unique need for payment capability fully integrated into the B2B s... more ▸

The Spend Matters Stock Portfolio – April Update Plus

Peter Smith - April 3, 2014 11:17 AM
We're three months into our stock portfolio exercise and for the first time Jason and Peter's joint portfolio has lost a little ground. Despite still being up 6 percent on the year... more ▸

Benchmarking the Procurement Benchmarkers – An Insider’s Guide (Part 3) pro

Pierre Mitchell - April 2, 2014 4:45 PM
In part three of Pierre's four-part series on benchmarking procurement benchmarks, he examines two larger consulting organizations, A.T. Kearney and Accenture. Beyond A.T. Kearney'... more ▸

This Is How Procurement $#it Happens Plus

Pierre Mitchell - April 2, 2014 9:30 AM
Pierre explains the difficulties of Procurement Performance Management and how it relates to Supply Performance Management. Starting with the Strategic Plan and using a manufacturi... more ▸

Trade Financing in Practice: Best Practices From a Top Performer pro

Jason Busch - April 2, 2014 2:30 AM
By examining trade and receivables financing practices at one of the most advanced early adopter organizations -- which has used both Xign and Taulia -- Jason explains how companie... more ▸

E-Sourcing Solution Review: POOL4TOOL pro

Thomas Kase - March 31, 2014 2:30 AM
Spend Matters will soon be releasing its comparative manufacturing e-sourcing analysis (to be shortly followed by other e-sourcing comparative reviews and rankings). As part of thi... more ▸

SAP and Fieldglass: Competitive Implications and Market Analysis pro

Jason Busch - March 27, 2014 10:18 AM
Yesterday, SAP announced it was acquiring Fieldglass, the contingent labor and statement of work (SOW) procurement software specialist. Spend Matters believes the transaction will ... more ▸

SAP and Fieldglass: Questions Raised by the $1+ Billion Acquisition Plus

Jason Busch - March 26, 2014 3:25 PM
On the surface, SAP’s acquisition of Fieldglass could not make more sense. But from a customer and market perspective, the transaction raises a number of questions, such as what... more ▸

State of Flux Technologies: Supplier Engagement and Management with a Relationship Twist pro

Thomas Kase - March 25, 2014 3:33 PM
The supplier management technology sector is a crowded and confusing market. In our recent outlook series covering the area, we explore different aspects of the market – some cen... more ▸