How Supply Chain Professionals and Their Suppliers Can Deal with the Implications of Brexit (Part 2)

Continuing our guest post from Richard Neale, Director of EMEA Marketing, at business intelligence firm Birst, an Infor company. In part 1, I looked at how companies […]

How Supply Chain Professionals and Their Suppliers Can Deal with the Implications of Brexit (Part 1)

We are delighted to welcome this post from Richard Neale, Director of EMEA Marketing, at business intelligence firm Birst, an Infor company. The Brexit vote took […]

Corporate Image & Compliance at Risk – New Briefing Paper Available Now

We’ve published the second in our Supply Chain Risk briefings, written in conjunction with riskmethods, this one titled “Corporate Image & Compliance at Risk: How […]

What To Expect from Best-in-Class Spend Analysis Technology and User Design (Part 1) [PRO]

There seems to be a near universal playbook for spend analysis solution providers when it comes to positioning the capability they deliver. You’re not alone if you think many vendors sound interchangeable (despite claims of “enrichment accuracy” or dashboard superiority). To be candid, based on our survey of many solutions in this market as part of PRO Vendor Snapshot reviews and, more recently, our SolutionMap comparative analyses, a good many are. But they’re fungible in a way that is not [...]

Gerry Preece at ProcureCon Marketing – The End of Marketing Procurement?

At the recent ProcureCon Marketing event in London, there was an absolutely first-class keynote from Gerry Preece, titled “Marketing Procurement 3.0 - What’s Next?” Preece […]

Colin Cram Asks – Should Construction Procurement In UK Local Government Be Centralised?

We haven’t always seen eye to eye with ex-civil servant procurement executive Colin Cram, particularly in terms of his views that Tesco was a good […]

Foundations for Best Practice Procurement with Wax Digital Webinar

As organisations grow and develop, they go through different stages in their procurement journey. To begin with, the owner of the business probably does all […]

What To Expect from Best-in-Class Sourcing Optimization Technology and User Design (Part 4) [PRO]

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We’ve often wondered why sourcing optimization technology is not more broadly adopted today alongside or as a replacement for traditional RFX and reverse auction approaches. One of the major reasons why procurement-led optimization efforts have not yet crossed the chasm (outside of transportation spend) is that because until recently, many solutions were challenging to use without considerable training. In addition, most of the technologies available were not effective enough “out of the box” at tackling anything but logistics sourcing opportunities [...]

Caroline Nokes Is the UK’s New Minister for Procurement

The responsibilities of the UK Cabinet Office Ministers have not yet been officially confirmed (according to gov.uk website) but we understand that Parliamentary Secretary Caroline […]

Taking Inventory of Proactis and Perfect Commerce: Products, Strengths and Integration [PRO]

Proactis and Perfect Commerce share a number of commonalities, perhaps the three most important being that they have built out similar product footprints, have been able to grow “under the radar” in recent years and have leveraged M&A as a core growth strategy. We covered the news of the announced merger between the two firms last Friday on Spend Matters, and Proactis shareholders initially responded positively to the news. As background, Proactis’ core source-to-pay (S2P) business has centered primarily on [...]

The Future of Work – Interesting Article for Contingent Labour Category Managers

Whatever happens with regard to Brexit, it seems likely that some areas will see considerable legislative changes in the UK in the coming few years. […]

CIPS / Hays Procurement Salary Survey – Good News (Generally) For Professionals

When I spoke at the CIPS Cambridge and Peterborough Branch event recently, William Warren from recruitment firm Hays was also on the agenda, talking about […]