Spend Matters SolutionMaps℠ – A New Way Of Looking At Procurement Software Choices

Spend Matters (US branch) has thrown the gauntlet down to Gartner. Whilst my colleagues are far too modest to say this sort of thing themselves, […]

Managing Risk Beyond the First-Tier Supply Base – Why Is It So Challenging

We have a new briefing paper (sponsored by riskmethods, but written independently) available to download now. It is titled Supply Chain Risk – Getting To […]

Coupa to Acquire Trade Extensions: Solution and Market Analysis [PRO]

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This Spend Matters PRO brief provides a solution and market analysis of Coupa’s announced acquisition of Trade Extensions. Based on subscriber feedback, we’ve already been asked to go into details about what makes Trade Extensions’ optimization capability different from Jaggaer ASO (formerly CombineNet), BravoSolution, Keelvar, Determine/Iasta and Emptoris (IBM). In addition, this brief offers a broader market-based analysis of the acquisition. As always, we invite Spend Matters PRO advisory customers to reach out to us for more insight behind our [...]

Apple Shows Where Supply Chain Power Lies – Imagination Technologies Shares Crash

Power. You can talk about lots of important words when it comes to the commercial and business arrangements between buyer and supplier. You can talk […]

Manchester NHS Contract Causes Some Controversy

It’s no exaggeration to say that this might just be one of the most significant contracts for the health of the nation – and of […]

Amazon Business Launches In UK – Our Exclusive Interview with Steve Frazier

Last week, Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Business in the UK, just four months after Germany went live as the first European venture for […]

Vendor Summary Report: E-Procurement SolutionMap℠ Q2 2017 [PRO]

This SolutionMap analyzes a select group of e-procurement solution providers. It is part of our Q2 2017 SolutionMap report series, also featuring Invoice-to-Pay solution providers and Procure-to-Pay suites. Spend Matters tracks over 50 procure-to-pay solution providers. This analysis features many of the largest e-procurement providers, including BuyerQuest, Claritum, Coupa, Determine, GEP, IBX, Ivalua, Nimbi, Pool4Tool, SAP Ariba, Vroozi and Zycus. It also features industry specialists BirchStreet (hospitality) and Prodigo (healthcare), which were analyzed with respect to their vertical sector focus. [...]

Coupa Acquires Trade Extensions, Leading Sourcing Optimisation Software Provider

Spend management software firm Coupa has announced (in a formal filing document at least) the acquisition of Trade Extensions, the Swedish / UK market leaders […]

Album Review With Laura Marling, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Amber Run and The Shins

Last month was a brilliant one for new albums – sorry we’re a little late with this! Laura Marling -  Sempa Femina Marling is a […]

Down The Procurement Pub with Atkins, NHS Locums, Amazon and Portugal. The Man

One of the benefits of going up to Durham every month to see my Mother now is that I get to shop at Aldi. Their […]

A 21-Question Health Check to Score Your Procurement Scorecard (Part 1) [Plus +]

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As the old business adage goes, “what gets measured gets done.” This is certainly true in procurement. If you want to do the right things for yourself and your stakeholders, you need to measure the right things and do it efficiently. You also need to ensure that you are measuring what your stakeholders want and what you are in fact delivering. It’s a foundational competency. For example, in a past Hackett Group procurement key issues study, “value contribution visibility” ranked third [...]

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 […]