HICX: Vendor Snapshot Update (Part 1) — Updated Facts, Solution Footprint, Solution Enhancements and Competitive Landscape [PRO]

In our last deep dive analysis of HICX, a U.K.-based supply chain master data management technology firm, we noted that the provider delivered a unique set of supplier-centric MDM capabilities coupled with configurable workflow for buyers and suppliers. Our original HICX Vendor Snapshot series (see Part 1 and Part 2) still provides a useful foundation for those considering the MDM specialist as a shortlist candidate for supplier management. For those evaluating HICX, we also recommend the latest Q1 2018 Supplier [...]

Now the Dutch Dust Has Settled – Final Round-Up From SAP Ariba Live

Looking back at the SAP Ariba Live event – three weeks ago now - it’s worth pulling together some headlines and overall thoughts that give […]

Basware Report on Prompt Payments – Still An Issue for UK SMEs

Last week Payments and eProcurement firm Basware published the results of a UK survey around small business and prompt payment. The survey of over 2,000 […]

ProcureCon Marketing Coming Very Soon – Why Attend?

It’s really not long now until we assemble at the ProcureCon Marketing conference (a WBR event) at The Tower Hotel, London – so if you haven’t […]

Supplier Management: When the User Experience Guides Functionality (Part 2) [PRO]

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When it comes to procurement and supplier management technology solutions, you can learn a lot when spending time looking both at and below the user interface surface of specific solutions. However, the user experience and underlying technology stack are increasingly interconnected — and coupled. Thus, separating the two from each other can be difficult. This Spend Matters PRO series explores what separates best-of-breed supplier management vendors from the pack, with an emphasis both on the UI and underlying technology capabilities. [...]

Are Top UK Civil Servants Breaking The (Procurement) Law? Yes, According to PACAC Committee Evidence

Yes, following the UK parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee hearing on public sector outsourcing post the Carillion collapse, we’re going for the “clickbait” […]

Redefining Procurement Models – A Next-Generation Operating Model

One of the ‘quick fire’ case study presentations at ProcureCon Indirect in Copenhagen last month, under the Redefining Procurement Models umbrella session, covered Next-Generation Operating Models. […]

Supplier Management: When the User Experience Guides Functionality (Part 1) [PRO]

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When it comes to supplier management technology, there seems to be a near universal playbook that most of the top technology providers follow for defining, capturing and managing supplier data. It’s not surprising, then, that when it comes to marketing such capabilities, there's essentially no differentiation at all. As a result, you'd be forgiven if you thought that many supplier management vendors sound interchangeable, despite claims of advanced master data management, metric tracking or portal superiority. In practice, however, nothing [...]

CCS Consulting Framework – What Lies Behind The Procurement Strategy?

We highlighted the publication of the Crown Commercial Services Management Consultancy tender (“MCF2”) recently here. CCS is setting up four “lots” to cover a range […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Opso, the NHS, Mystery Man and Audio-Tonic

Last week we featured Jason Busch over here and today another picture from his flying visit last week - this time he is with Ian […]

The Digital Evolution of the Contingent Workforce Supply Chain: What Does It Mean? (Part 1) [Plus +]

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Driven by the effects of new digital technologies and other factors (talent availability, generational change, etc.), contingent workforce procurement — and the contingent workforce supply chain — will be noticeably evolving over the next 10 years. The last impetus to change in the supply chain and procurement was the advent of VMS over 15 years ago, a set of developments that is well known by now. Given how much the world of commerce has changed since that time, we probably [...]

Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. […]