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

- September 16, 2014 7:31 AM | Categories:

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 (Contract Management). The sessions are supported by Tejari (the BravoSolution joint venture in the region) and CIPS MENA – thanks to them for their effort and enthusiasm. I admit, I find Dubai a fascinating but deeply strange place – admirable in many ways, but I struggle with the pace of development and just the heat! But I love the sessions themselves – no criticism of our UK Real World Souring […]

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

- September 16, 2014 4:30 AM | Categories:

We featured yesterday the paper available for download from spend management company Zycus, written by Richard Waugh, VP of Corporate Development, called “Analyze This – top 10 metrics to strengthen organizational procurement practices”.  He draws heavily on benchmarks from the Hackett Group, Aberdeen Research and CAPS (the Centre of Advanced Purchasing Studies in Arizona). We gave three of his metrics yesterday that we like, but today let’s start a few arguments about three more, that are perhaps a little more questionable. Suppliers Accounting for 80 Percent of Total Spend “Following on the theme of focusing the right resources on the […]

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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 ▸

Duty of care: the ‘elephant in the room’ for fleet category managers?

Nancy Clinton - September 15, 2014 7:30 AM
Mike Jones, Group Managing Director, Optimum Procurement, shares his views on and experience of the challenges facing procurement category managers in the fleet sector.  Ever-cha... more ▸

IBM procurement event this Friday – final call

Peter Smith - September 15, 2014 4:31 AM
I’m acting as facilitator – as well as wrapping things up with a closing address – at the IBM Procurement “Networking Roadshow” event this Friday 19th November. It’s a ... more ▸

Phones 4U go under – a demonstration of Andrew Cox’s supply chain power theories

Peter Smith - September 15, 2014 3:42 AM
Professor Andrew Cox, erstwhile founder and leader of the International Institute for Advanced Purchasing & Supply will no doubt be watching the sad demise of Phones 4U with in... 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 ▸

Best Of Spend Matters Network – Week of Sept. 1 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - September 5, 2014 10:34 AM
The Spend Matters Network introduces the first of what (we hope) will become a weekly “best of” roundup - a list of our favorite and most important posts published on our sites... more ▸

Freeing Yourself From the Chains of the DPO Stretch – An Empirical and Experiential Analysis pro

Pierre Mitchell - September 4, 2014 10:24 AM
In a previous Spend Matters post titled Does Increased DPO Actually Destroy Enterprise Value?, I highlighted some analysis where, in 12 of 14 manufacturing industries I analyzed, I... more ▸

Why SAP Should — Or Should Not — Buy Concur pro

Thomas Kase - September 3, 2014 4:50 PM
Earlier today Thomas Kase (VP of research) shared some quick comments on the rumors that SAP is thinking about buying Concur. This Spend Matters PRO article is the in-depth analysi... more ▸

A Better Month for the Spend Matters Stock Portfolio (Even Blur Group Moves Up!) Plus

Peter Smith - September 2, 2014 10:28 AM
We move into the start of a new academic year in many parts of the world, children try on their new school uniforms, and summer inexorably turns into autumn. And the thoughts of... more ▸

Sourcing in Latin America (with Mexico Focus): A Primer for U.S. and Canada Procurement Organizations pro

Jason Busch - August 29, 2014 12:32 PM
Earlier today, Jason Busch, Spend Matters’ founder and managing director, and Xavier Olivera, director of Spend Matters Mexico and Latin America, conducted an “Ask the Exper... more ▸