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Down the procurement pub with the Bluelight portal, Boeing, Proxima, health data and Hozier

- July 25, 2014 7:31 AM | Categories:

Museum tavern The Museum Tavern for a working lunch with Guy Allen. Good beer selection, but £6.29 for a toasted cheese and ham sarnie (with salad) or £8.08 with chips.  Eight quid!  And you’d think you might get salad and chips for £8 but no, they remove the salad if you have the chips. A real rip-off, which pub operators Taylor Walker can get away with because the clientele is largely tourists from the British Museum over the road. (In another of their pubs down the road, the same sandwich is slightly cheaper at £5.69).  So let’s give thanks to Wetherspoons, and […]

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Getting the best from procurement consultants

- July 25, 2014 4:32 AM | Categories:

The bosses are on vacation here in the US, so we've obviously been making the office spotless and thinking through forward looking strategy and not at all going on rollicking pub crawls (don't look at the end of this post, there will be zero evidence of pub crawls). Anyway, some work got done, and a lot of it is around research for you, dear readers, to download. Click on through for this week's happenings in the Chicago office.

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New solution providers – Bolero. Not really new, but a platform to digitise the trading world?

Peter Smith - July 25, 2014 12:12 AM
Continuing our series this week on interesting and innovative new players in the procurement and supply chain solutions space, but we’re cheating somewhat today with Bolero. ... more ▸

How Procurement Professionals can add value to business performance: sustainability and diversity

Nancy Clinton - July 24, 2014 8:15 AM
In this second in a series of articles looking at how procurement can add value to business performance, Gerard Chick, chief knowledge officer, Optimum Procurement Group examines a... more ▸

Celebrating Cynics – Monopolies aren’t good. So why have we encouraged their formation?

Peter Smith - July 24, 2014 4:31 AM
We introduced our “celebrating cynics” series the other day by making an appeal for procurement people to become – well, maybe not too cynical, but at least worldly-wise when... more ▸

New Solution Providers – POD Procurement looks to save £s and peas (bad pun alert…)

Peter Smith - July 24, 2014 12:02 AM
Continuing our series of new solutions providers this week, with a very new business. I was convinced that the Mars Ice Cream Bar wouldn’t sell. And when the legendary Achi R... more ▸

Trojan Rabbits and Project Portfolios: Procurement Market’s Freemium Applications and Services (Part 1) Plus

Pierre Mitchell - July 18, 2014 2:05 PM
The old Trojan horse trick has its place in the procurement market. This Spend Matters Plus research brief, by Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell, covers the good, bad, and ugl... more ▸

Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest: Sourcing and eProcurement (Part 2) Plus

Thomas Kase - July 17, 2014 4:09 PM
This is the second in a multi-part series on Spend Matters Plus. Read Part 1 ... more ▸

What Makes Public Sector Spend Analysis Different: Lessons From Spikes Cavell in the US and UK (Part 1) pro

Jason Busch - July 16, 2014 7:02 PM
Spikes Cavell, a spend visibility provider perhaps best known in the UK for serving public sector clients with a broad-based spend classification and analytics offering, has spent ... 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 ▸