Spend Governance – the latest in the BravoSolution Real World Sourcing series

- October 28, 2014 7:31 AM | Categories:

Last week saw the latest in the BravoSolution Real World Sourcing briefing series, with Guy Allen (ex CPO of Santander and Fujitsu) taking us through “Making Spend Governance Work”. It is maybe not the most glamorous of topics, but nevertheless is one of great importance to almost any operational procurement person. I say ‘almost’ because there are two types of organisation where it might not matter so much: 1. An organisation where only one person makes all the spend decisions (probably the owner) and no-one else has any spend authority whatsoever ; or b. An organisation with no rules whatsoever! […]

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Exclusive! Department of Health will not give DHL a 5-year NHS Supply Chain contract extension

- October 28, 2014 4:31 AM | Categories:

When we say “exclusive” we mean this does not appear to have been reported anywhere else. The National Health Service BSA (Business Services Authority) announced a couple of weeks ago (very quietly) that they were not taking up the 5-year contract extension allowed by the original ten-year 2006 contract with DHL for operating the NHS Supply Chain operation, which provides medical goods and equipment to most hospitals in the UK. See the letter here NHS BSA DHL announcement. However, matters are not totally clear cut. The BSA says that “we might extend the contract” for a shorter term, so you […]

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Atos Procurement Technology Survey (part 2): Causes of Dis-satisfaction

Peter Smith - October 28, 2014 12:13 AM
In part 1 we looked at the headlines from the Atos Procurement Technology Satisfaction Survey 2014. It wasn’t a very happy picture, with 67% of respondents unhappy about thei... more ▸

A Guide to Buying Music for Marketing Procurement Executives — Unlicensed Use Part 2

Nancy Clinton - October 27, 2014 7:30 AM
In Part 1 of A guide to buying music for marketing procurement executives — Unlicensed Use, from our music procurement expert, Richard Kirstein of Resilient Music, we looked at ... more ▸

Buying Complex Services: Not Just Any Old Widget

Jason Busch - October 27, 2014 4:30 AM
(Here is Spend Matters founder, Jason Busch, looking at “Buying Complex Services” our hot topic for October, from a strategic and technology perspective). If we were to... more ▸

NHS Five Year Forward View is light (silent?) on competition, commissioning and procurement issues

Peter Smith - October 27, 2014 12:07 AM
The Five Year Forward View for the National Health Service was published last week, with Simon Stevens, the fairly new CEO of NHS England, the main author of the 35 page report. It... more ▸

SciQuest 14.2 Update: Total Supplier Management – Sophisticated Supplier Lifecycle Management Solution Renewed pro

Thomas Kase - October 17, 2014 2:28 AM
SciQuest has released version 14.2 of its Total Supplier Management (TSM) solution. The bulk of the high-end SLM (supplier lifecycle management) and SIM (supplier information manag... more ▸

Ask the Expert Webinar Tomorrow! Grab Your Shades: The Future of Spend Analytics is Bright Plus

Sheena Smith - October 16, 2014 8:11 AM
In this week's Ask The Expert webcast on Friday, October 17 from 10-10:30am Central, Spend Matters Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell will give the 50-cent tour of our "50 Shad... more ▸

Get the Most Out of Invoice Discounting Programs, Supplier Uptake and Savings pro

Jason Busch - October 16, 2014 2:39 AM
Last week we considered a number of the findings from Taulia’s recent survey of 3,800 suppliers using its network. The findings we previewed contain a number of key (highly posit... more ▸

Cloud: “It’s All Hype” Plus

Thomas Kase - October 15, 2014 2:25 AM
In Part 1, we read about some of the details that lurk under the surface of the deceptively simple “cloud” label. Part 2 has the first half of our exclusive interview with Stev... more ▸

The Cloud Hype: What Makes Sense For Businesses? Plus

Thomas Kase - October 14, 2014 2:49 AM
Part 1 of this series looked at various permutations of cloud and SaaS solutions – with a statement Larry Ellison has made at several Oracle Open World events, as well as thought... more ▸

50 Shades of Pay: Shade 7 – Purchase and Payment Historical Spending Plus

Pierre Mitchell - October 13, 2014 2:36 AM
In the last six installments of this research series, we’ve talked about the numerous ways to mine and utilize payment history data to create value. But, you can't really do spen... more ▸