IBM Emptoris and SAP Ariba Partnership: First Take Customer Analysis [PRO]

Spend Matters provided initial coverage Wednesday of the SAP Ariba and IBM Emptoris partnership. We also offered a personal essay, a eulogy to Emptoris. This Spend Matters PRO First Take provides an analysis and recommendations for IBM Emptoris customers, including how they should think about an overall migration to a third-party solution as well as the role of IBM and its professional services organization as an advisor in the transition. This brief also provides insight into comparable SAP Ariba solutions [...]

UK Public Procurement – What Happens After Brexit?

We are covering the public procurement issues connected with Brexit more fully on our Public Spend Forum Europe  site, so if you are into all […]

Supply Chain Management – Coming Soon to a Primary School Near You

As it states on the APICS website:  “By 2025, 60 million baby boomers will exit the workforce, leaving a gigantic gap in talent, with only 40 […]

IBM and SAP Ariba Partnership Announced, Emptoris Product “Sunsetted”

Rumours have been swirling around for a few weeks now. We wrote here about IBM Emptoris and stories of its demise or sale. But yesterday […]

Professor Handfield on The Digital Procurement Era – BravoSolution Webinar

The next webinar in the BravoSolution Real World Procurement series is on May 23rd with Professor Robert Handfield telling us all about “The Digital Procurement […]

Simfoni – Smart Technology Combined with Advisory Service

We caught up with Chirag Shah last week. He is one of the most interesting people in our industry; a Cambridge Engineering degree, a conventional […]

Procurement Metrics: Understanding the Economic Language of Value (Part 2) — Expenditures, Expenses and Financial Reporting (CapEx, COGS and G&A) [Plus +]

finance

In the first installment of this series, we discussed the term “spend” (the noun, not verb), in the context of supplier spending, in a fair amount of detail. We discussed addressable spend, and what's included and excluded for the purposes of spend visibility/management, but also for the purposes of using spend within procurement performance measurement and benchmarking. In this installment, we dive a little deeper in terms of comparing and contrasting spend to other terms, as mentioned in the title.

The Labour Manifesto – Some Good Ideas But Ideological and Financial Questions

The Labour manifesto – all 128 pages of it - contains some ideas that in themselves will appear very sensible and even desirable to many […]

Spend Matters SolutionMap℠ – Determine Reveals What’s Behind Its Leader Ranking

You've probably been hearing a lot from Spend Matters recently on the launch of its brand new concept in assessing solution providers: Spend Matters SolutionMap℠ […]

Mega Spend Aggregation: 10 Ways to Supersize your Market Basket (Part 1) [Plus +]

category management

Most procurement organizations complain about diminishing savings on re-sourced categories – and rightly so. But rather than beating the same horse, why not hitch up more than one, and in new ways that you may not have considered? In this Plus piece, we’ll outline five of them, with the first one being "expand the 'lots' in your current market basket."

“Buy Social” One Year On – Social Enterprise UK Host Event

Last Thursday, Social Enterprise UK, the largest network of social enterprises in the UK, hosted a reception at the Houses of Parliament in London. Thanks […]