Nick Wildgoose on Supply Chain Risk at eWorld

This is another article in our series of eWorld Procurement and Supply highlights; in this case, it was Nick Wildgoose of Zurich Insurance Services giving […]

Top Challenges and Questions Facing Corporate Legal Departments [Plus +]


The market landscape for legal services is much more dynamic than it may appear to most outside observers — and as a result we are seeing a number of meaningful trends in the market. The provider landscape is rapidly changing. Firms are specializing in certain legal matter areas, and non-law firm providers are emerging as viable alternatives to perform certain types of legal work at lower cost and higher efficiency. And as in almost every industry and market, technology is [...]

Procurement Is THE Least Diverse Profession in UK at Senior Levels – Why?

We reported yesterday on the report from think-tank Policy Exchange - THE TWO SIDES OF DIVERSITY - Which are the most ethnically diverse occupations? In […]

Procurement Comes 8th Out of 202 Occupations on Diversity – That’s NOT Good News

Great news for the procurement profession! In a survey covering no less than 202 occupations, and based on the 2015 England and Wales Labour Force […]

Simfoni: Vendor Snapshot (Part 3) — Competitive & Summary Analysis [PRO]


A great “mash-up” is happening within the procurement solution provider market. SaaS companies are increasingly delivering content such as benchmarks, KPIs, templates and more within their applications. Consulting firms are developing their own technologies and pre-configured instances of third-party solutions, such as vertically configured systems, in addition to deploying and implementing standard products and tools. And managed services providers and business process outsourcing (BPO) firms are increasingly blurring the line with their own proprietary solutions that extend beyond just the [...]

How Markets Work – The Economics of Care Homes Spells Trouble For Councils

An understanding of how markets work should be a core element of every procurement professional’s knowledge base, and it is always fascinating to observe how […]

Down the Procurement Pub with HS2, TfL, Oxygen and Hurray for the Riff Raff

I was invited by my good friend Carson Reid to a wine tasting evening last night at which I proved that I cannot tell the […]

Simfoni: Vendor Snapshot (Part 2) — Product Strengths & Weaknesses [PRO]

spend analytics

Simfoni represents a new type of solution provider in the procurement technology and services market. While it brings significant out-of-the-box capability in analytics and tail spend management, it is also a solutions integrator, of sorts. In deploying solutions to customers, Simfoni leverages both its own organically developed capabilities and third-party technology to deliver customized solutions to each customer. This Spend Matters PRO Vendor Snapshot explores Simfoni’s strengths and weaknesses, providing facts and expert analysis to help procurement organizations and other [...]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public […]

The Tradeshift / IBX Deal Could Be A Game-Changer

We gave a brief overview here of last week’s news that Tradeshift is acquiring IBX, a division of giant IT firm Cap Gemini, to form […]

Osborne, Blackrock, Defence Procurement & Worrying Conflicts of Interest

Talk off the record to senior defence procurement people, and many will express concern about the revolving door from the public sector into supply-side industry. […]

Simfoni: Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background & Solution Overview [PRO]

If experienced procurement consultants and product developers had a third chance to create a firm, what would they decide to emphasize, especially when taking a global perspective to creating solutions that are appropriate for customers at different levels of maturity in both established and developing markets? The answer to this question is enlightening, because Simfoni, a London-based provider of procurement solutions, represents a unique melding of experienced perspectives based on needs that, in many cases, are not being directly met [...]