Spend Matters 50/50: E2open – A Provider to Watch in 2015


100 companies - 100 days

We announced here and here our two (not ranked) lists: Spend Matters 50 To Know and 50 To Watch firms for 2015/2016. In the first case, this is our view of the 50 solution provider type organisations in the procurement industry that every senior procurement leader should be aware of and understand. The 50 To Watch are the up-and-coming firms  - those with interesting and relatively new solutions for our market. The 50 To Know are the key organisations in our industry that procurement executives need to have on their radar.

Having announced the lists, our US colleagues are now featuring each of the 100 firms in turn with an article giving an overview of each, with some headline Spend Matters thoughts on them. So on this site we will be giving you a brief extract of the US article, plus adding our own comments where we have anything useful to add from a European perspective. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t!

Here is some of what our US colleagues had to say about E2open:

"E2open recently went private, allowing it to focus more intently on customers and not have to worry about quarterly earnings. ... to summarize, such a network provides not just supplier discovery and hosted integration services for connectivity (that an indirect-spend focused supplier network performs), but layers in support for multi-tier collaborative supply chain planning (with a single view into multi-echelon supply/demand) and execution ... This makes E2open tailor-made for large global manufacturers (and their suppliers), although it can scale down to regional and country-level supply chains."

And in terms of UK/Europe: no, not a lot of personal experience to add to be honest. However, it is clear that the firm has some large European clients; take this press release, from 2013: "Utilizing the E2open Business Network, L'Oréal will have a consolidated view of its global supply chain throughout Europe, enabling real-time collaboration with its European partners". As well as L'Oreal, Vodafone are mentioned as another major client. E2Open have an office near Reading in the UK, as well as in Helsinki, Paris, Karlsruhe and Eindhoven; clearly we need to get a bit closer to them in this region!

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