State of Flux – Annual SRM Report Out Now!

- November 18, 2014 4:30 AM | Categories:

The annual State of Flux global SRM (supplier relationship management) Research Report is out now, titled this time “the Journey to Customer of Choice.”  At over 200 pages, it is again both a vital piece of research, and a good practice guide to the topic from a firm that has made this very much its domain in terms of deep expertise. In some ways however it gets harder every year for State of Flux to say something new and interesting about the topic. For instance, they say that “biggest barriers and challenges are still finding the right people with the requisite skills […]

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NHS Procurement – A Non-Exec’s Personal Opinion

- November 18, 2014 12:04 AM | Categories:

Bob-Beveridge-Feb-2012-264x300 As part of our “NHS Procurement” month, we’re honoured and delighted to have this thought-provoking guest article from Bob Beveridge, an experienced CFO, crafty off-spin bowler (retired), and now a non-exec and adviser to a number of major organisations. NHS PROCUREMENT – A PERSONAL OPINION As a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust I take a keen interest in procurement and I know from past experience the enormous business value which can be achieved by procurement professionals. I think that in the past there has been confusion in parts of the NHS between procurement […]

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Dinner with Zycus and Peter Smith – Discuss The Future of Procurement

Peter Smith - November 17, 2014 7:31 AM
We all know what a success procurement has been over the past 20 years or so. That is not all because of the brilliance of those of us who have worked in the fielded for that time... more ▸

e-Sourcing Strategies: When Choice Is Demotivating

Nancy Clinton - November 17, 2014 4:35 AM
We are delighted to bring you this thought-provoking post from Alan Holland PhD, Founder and CEO of Keelvar which specialises in simplifying complexity via sourcing optimisation.... more ▸

Academy Schools and Conflicts of Interest in Contracting – SORT IT OUT!

Peter Smith - November 17, 2014 12:01 AM
After the riots of 2011, mainly in London, courts were told to ignore usual sentencing guidelines and lock people up for the smallest riot-related offences – stealing a bottl... more ▸

Down the Procurement Pub with State of Flux, a Peter Smith Gig Guide, Trade Extensions and Superfood

Peter Smith - November 14, 2014 7:21 AM
OK, so the Grosvenor House ballroom is not exactly the pub but here was the scene before we started getting stuck in on Tuesday evening at the National Business Awards. And amongst... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Nov. 3 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - November 7, 2014 6:24 AM
Check out the most popular articles published this week on the Spend Matters Network!... more ▸

Sharing Insight and Making Connections: Coverage from the Procurement Leaders Forum in Singapore Plus

Thomas Kase - November 6, 2014 6:24 AM
We continue our coverage of the Procurement Leaders Forum event in Singapore, which I attended at the end of October. In Part 1, I shared information on the awards given out at the... more ▸

Highlights and Award Announcements from the Procurement Leaders Forum in Singapore Plus

Thomas Kase - November 5, 2014 6:41 AM
In this two-part Spend Matters Plus analysis, I will share my impressions and takeaways from the two-day 4th Procurement Leaders Forum event in Singapore held the last week of Octo... more ▸

Spend Matters Stock Portfolio – A Bleak October for IBM, SAP, Tungsten, E2Open (and Jason Busch) Plus

Peter Smith - November 4, 2014 2:29 AM
Oh dear! October was certainly not a month of mists and mellow fruitfulness (or is that November?) for our stock portfolio. Stock markets had a nervous month after the falls of Sep... more ▸

2015: The Year E-Procurement 2.0 Takes Shape pro

Jason Busch - November 3, 2014 2:17 AM
Not much has changed in e-procurement in recent years other than the movement toward more tightly coupled P2P (integrated e-procurement and e-invoicing) and the evolution of cloud-... more ▸

Best Of Spend Matters Network – Week of Oct. 27 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - October 31, 2014 11:02 AM
Happy Friday. And Happy Halloween! Check out this week's best post from the Spend Matters Network! ... more ▸