Spend Matters 50 to Watch: b-pack

Now we have announced the Spend Matters 50 to Know and 50 to Watch, our US site and my colleagues there have started running through all the providers to give the reasoning behind their inclusion. These are brilliant short summaries of each company’s offerings,  and will be of great value I know for many readers.

So rather than just copying the US pieces, I am adding any comments I might have on the firm, then give you the link to the US post. You can decide whether you want to read the whole US piece. Now in some cases, my entire comment will be ‘I don’t really know this firm’. In some cases, I will be able to add some further value and insight myself.

Today, we have b-pack, a provider from this side of the Atlantic – France to be precise. Now if you read Jason’s full piece, you will see that he has had some ‘issues’ with b-pack. I must confess, I’m not sure what they are – I need to ask him! I’ve had a limited amount of contact with the firm, but I enjoyed meeting one particular senior executive and from my limited exposure, I too was impressed by the product.

Frankly, they may have had less success than they deserve in the UK because of the traditional UK / France rivalry (!) but as Jason says, (extract below), an interesting option in their space.

“Now on to b-pack’s solution – I personally think their marketing somewhat misses the boat on what they’re good at relative to the vast sea of P2P competitors. Which in this case is delivering an extremely configurable, end-to-end procurement suite built on a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model with deep integration into complex third-party system environments. And did we mention b-pack excels in highly complex, global cross-border environments?

B-pack’s marketing won’t tell you that. You need to get into the product and architecture to understand what the heck separates them out from the crowd. After you do, you’ll realize that there are very few providers who can approach what b-pack does on a SaaS basis”.

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