Spend Matters US Weekly Round-Up

We've launched a new Compass Research Paper!! Designing an Optimal Procurement BPO Program: Process Expertise and Realized Improvement.

Jason talks Simplifying IT: a new player that could potentially disrupt the SAP SRM ecosystem. “It's rare that I encounter an absolutely novel idea in procurement technology circles... Yet perhaps once every couple years, something entirely new comes along. Simplifying IT is just such a new vendor, whose value proposition to enhance ERP procurement technology is like nothing I've seen. Look for the continued series next week!

“Rare Earth Metals” seems to be the buzzword of the hour. Jason and Lisa (of MetalMiner fame) collectively write a piece called Rare Earth Metals: China’s Thirst and Power Play Stirs the Market -- an interesting take on sourcing and “embargos.”

Some cost cutting lessons from American Airlines:

American Airlines: Three Spend Management Lessons That Extend Beyond Procurement (Part 1)

American Airlines: Three Spend Management Lessons That Extend Beyond Procurement (Part 2)

American Airlines: Three Spend Management Lessons That Extend Beyond Procurement (Part 3)

And finally, Should Governments Intervene When Companies Pay Late?

Here’s a little something for the spirit of the season (though you all may be thinking "Make it Stop Make it Stop Make it Stop" at this point...):

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