Selectica Acquires b-pack; Initial Thoughts

- March 31, 2015 12:04 AM | Categories:

Yesterday, we saw 2015’s first major corporate activity in our procurement software world, as Selectica announced it was acquiring b-pack, a privately owned firm specialising in purchase-to-pay (eProcurement + e-invoicing) technology with broader source-to-pay suite modules as well. Selectica acquired Iasta, a sourcing specialist, last year, which has since been fully integrated into Selectica from a commercial and management perspective although the technology is still independent. b-pack was originally a French company and although it has expanded into the US to some extent, and recently opened a small London office, is still primarily successful in France and continental Europe. (We […]

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Labour Will Restrict NHS Suppliers’ Margins – A Few Questions

- March 30, 2015 2:54 PM | Categories:

The Labour Party launched their campaign for the forthcoming UK General Election with an announcement from leader, Ed Miliband, that suggested-procurement related issues are going to feature in the campaign. Under a Labour government, profits on all private sector contracts worth more than ÂŁ500,000 will be capped, he said, suggesting that private sector involvement was "draining money away" from the NHS. The cap will be set at a default level of 5%, although this could raised or lower to reflect the specific terms of different contracts. Any returns that firms make above this level would apparently have to be ploughed […]

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Scotland Excel – Outstanding Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility Case Study

Nancy Clinton - March 30, 2015 4:35 AM
This is another in our series of reports covering some of the entries from the recent GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards. They are chosen from the categories for which Pete... more ▸

Procurement and Psychology – More Evidence that We’re Irrational

Peter Smith - March 30, 2015 12:55 AM
You are a thoughtful, objective decision maker, aren't you? You weigh matters up carefully, think logically about the best decision to meet your well considered goals, and proceed ... more ▸

March Album Review with Laura Marling, Courtney Barnett and Brandi Carlile

Peter Smith - March 28, 2015 12:30 AM
Laura Marling is only 25, yet Short Movie is her fifth album, none of them less than very impressive. She is arguably the most talented British "popular song" artist since David Bo... more ▸

Down the Procurement Pub with OFS Portal, Welsh Award Winners, Wax Digital’s Smartwatch and Charli XCX

Peter Smith - March 27, 2015 8:31 AM
Here is a picture of William (Bill) Le Sage and Chris Welsh of OFS Portal, an organisation that works with suppliers to the oil and gas industry and provides an eProcurement platfo... more ▸

Best-of-Breed E-Procurement Smackdown: Choosing Between 3 Different Categories of Providers pro

Jason Busch - March 26, 2015 2:44 AM
For middle-market and large private-sector organizations, making a best-of-breed e-procurement decision used to be easy. There was Ariba (and then Coupa) and everyone else. But in ... more ▸

E-Procurement 2.0: jCatalog and Vroozi – 2 Opposite Ends of P2P Innovation pro

Jason Busch - March 25, 2015 2:29 AM
It’s time for an e-procurement reboot. In a few years, the sector will hit its 20th birthday. Yet in the past decade, overall e-procurement innovation has largely stalled. That i... more ▸

Ask The Expert Webinar This Friday! Join Us For a Discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - March 24, 2015 8:48 AM
Can corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives ever be financially sound? Do they always require a steady inflow of new money to stay afloat? Join Spend Matters Vice Preside... more ▸

Building a Business Case for Addressing Complex MRO Spend in Asset-Intensive Industries pro

Jason Busch - March 24, 2015 2:29 AM
Asset-intensive industries such as mining, energy (including oil & gas), utilities, chemicals, heavy equipment, construction and related sectors can meet, exceed or miss earnings e... more ▸

Addressing True MRO in Asset- and Capital-Intensive Industries pro

Jason Busch - March 23, 2015 2:45 AM
As the e-procurement sector has matured, industry- and category-specific innovation has left a significant amount to be desired. The vast majority of e-procurement and P2P solution... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of March 16 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - March 20, 2015 2:44 AM
Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of the Best of Roundup, giving you the most noteworthy articles published around the Spend Matters Network this week. Learn about suppl... more ▸