Bill Crothers (FCIPS maybe) becomes Gov Chief COMMERCIAL Officer – CIPS to change name again?

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

Bill Crothers is now the UK government’s Chief Commercial Officer, rather than Chief Procurement Officer. Crothers has also stepped down as Chair of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) – but we assume Sally Collier and the CCS team still report into him? Or maybe she doesn’t… He will now be looking to strengthen commercial capability throughout the civil service, improving the management of complex contracts and ensuring the government acts as a responsible, intelligent and experienced client – so more of a focus on post-award contract management, a positive step and something we’ve seen developing over the last year or […]

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Accenture Spend Trends report – the IT spend category

- September 17, 2014 4:31 AM | Categories:

We mentioned recently the Accenture quarterly “Spend Trends” report, made freely available as a download from their website here, and praised it for its insight in terms of both general economic analysis and information and the category specific sections. Today we’ll look at the IT category section. The main part of that features a review Accenture’s outsourcing group carried out using their spend and project data. ” What we found was illuminating: less than 15 percent of the total spend we help clients manage is IT/Telecom-related…however, IT/Telecom-related legal agreements account for 45 percent of the agreements in our databases”. Whilst […]

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Local Authorities must boost SME spending according to ‘first of its kind’ report

Nancy Clinton - September 17, 2014 12:15 AM
Newly published report, “Spend Small – The Local Authority Spend Index” -- reveals how much local authorities spend on goods and services from small and medium-size business... more ▸

Tejari Real World Sourcing in the UAE – contract management session breaks records!

Peter Smith - September 16, 2014 7:31 AM
Last week I was in the United Arab Emirates to present two of our Real World Sourcing briefing sessions in Dubai (Transforming Procurement – Myth or Reality?) and Abu Dhabi (... more ▸

Procurement Measurement – 10 suggested metrics from Zycus (part 2)

Peter Smith - September 16, 2014 4:30 AM
We featured yesterday the paper available for download from spend management company Zycus, written by Richard Waugh, VP of Corporate Development, called “Analyze This – to... more ▸

Cambridge Busway, millions over budget, but procurement was “appropriate for the time”

Peter Smith - September 16, 2014 12:11 AM
The Cambridge guided busway is another in a long line of inglorious public sector procurement cock-ups. The innovative plan, to convert old railway lines into a “guided road” p... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Sept. 8 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - September 12, 2014 10:30 AM
Welcome to week two of the new “Best Of” roundup, which pulls the most popular and important posts we published on the Spend Matters Network’s websites. Read on to find out t... more ▸

Verian: Seizing Opposite Ground From Coupa in the P2P Wars (Company Update, Recommendations) pro

Jason Busch - September 12, 2014 2:35 AM
It’s not every day that a tech analyst gets to South Carolina (except those focused on agricultural yield improvements or manufacturing). But last week, after a meeting in Charlo... more ▸

50 Shades of Pay: Shade 3 – Total Cash Disbursements to Suppliers (with supplier details) Part 2 Plus

Pierre Mitchell - September 11, 2014 2:32 AM
This post continues our exploration into shade No. 3 of our 50 Shades of Pay series. In this PLUS post, Pierre Mitchell discusses what happens when you aggregate all your supplier ... more ▸

50 Shades of Pay: Shade 3 – Total Cash Disbursements to Suppliers (With Supplier Details) Part 1 Plus

Pierre Mitchell - September 10, 2014 2:30 AM
In Shade 2 of this spend analysis series, we looked at analyzi... more ▸

Exploring Oracle E-Business Suite Advanced Procurement: Adoption Trends and Roadmap (Part 1) pro

Jason Busch - September 9, 2014 2:30 AM
Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is taking place in San Francisco from Sept. 28 to Oct.2. It typically represents one of the best chances of the year for analysts to peer behind the covers of... more ▸

Local Sourcing: Exploring Enablers of Supply Chain and Procurement Localization Plus

Jason Busch - September 8, 2014 2:25 AM
Earlier this month, Spend Matters published a story highlighting Auto News’ coverage of supply chain and procurement localization at Magna International. On the surface, supply c... more ▸