Procurement News from the US – Weekly Round-Up

It’s been an utterly insane week here at the Spend Matters Chicago headquarters. What with the beta launch of our new Spend Matters PRO community and some very big M&A news that took us all by surprise, we’re very much looking forward to our long holiday weekend!

All of our Ariba/SAP coverage in one spot:

Ariba and SAP…Exploring the Network Elephant in the Cloudy Room (exclusive Spend Matters PRO content)

SAP and Ariba: Customer and Prospect Implications – Sourcing, Spend Analysis, Supplier Management and Contract Management (exclusive Spend Matters PRO content)

Analyzing the Human Procurement Capital: SAP and Ariba

SAP and Ariba: Supplier Management and Contract Management Comparative Analysis

SAP and Ariba: Sourcing and Spend Analysis Comparative Analysis

SAP and Ariba: Initial Customer and Competitive Takeaways

SAP and Ariba: How Much Has the Business Case for Acquisition Changed Over the Years?

Ariba: Probing on SAP’s New Procurement and Supplier Network “Angel”

SAP, Ariba, and SuccessFactors -- By the Numbers

SAP to Acquire Ariba at a 20% premium ($45/Share)

In other exciting news, BravoSolution welcomes renowned analyst Mickey North Rizza.

The End of an Analyst Era: Mickey North Rizza Leaves Gartner, Joins BravoSolution -- This is a headline I'm sure that many of BravoSolution's competitors do not want to read. According to sources in the industry, Mickey North Rizza is joining BravoSoluton in an executive role. In our view, Mickey was the last of the industry analyst greats in the procurement market. A great thinker, strategist, writer and speaker, the entire industry turns to her opinions. Moreover, those who know her know what a great person she is at the core. The Gartner/AMR client base's loss, however, is BravoSolution's -- and thereby Bravo's customers -- gain. In the coming weeks, it's our ambition to share more about what she'll be up to in the new role, including, we hope, having an active voice on Spend Matters from time to time.

Jason did some video with Coupa.

Coupa Video Series: Jason Busch on the Top Procurement Trends for 2013 -- Spend Matters' fearless leader was recently interviewed by Coupa when their customer roadshow event swung through Chicago a couple weeks ago. In about 20 minutes of taping, a video crew captured a series of four shoots, each covering a different topic. Over the next few weeks, we'll be featuring these videos, starting with Jason's predictions on the Top Procurement Trends For 2013. What does the Spend Matters crystal ball say for what is coming down the pike?

And Spend Matters represents at Forrester's event in Las Vegas.

Supplier Behavior Matters: Forrester’s Sourcing and Vendor Management Summit (Part 1) -- Later this week, I'll be giving a keynote at Forrester's Sourcing & Vendor Management Forum 2012 in Las Vegas. The key premise of my talk is that what your suppliers do (and don't do) matters. In our view, company executives must now concern themselves not just with the performance and risk of their own operations -- they must consider their supply chains as extensions of their organizations where they're accountable for supplier behavior and activity.

My favorite radio station in Seattle deems this the “Friday Song,” so enjoy!

- Sheena Moore

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