Supplier news from the procurement world…

Achilles, the leading supplier information management services and software provider, has announced the appointment of a new CEO, Adrian Chamberlain. Colin Maund, current CEO and one of the firm’s founders, is becoming Chairman and very much staying involved with the business.  Chamberlain has an impressive cv - he was CEO of Message Labs, the market leader in cloud-based security protection, then after it was acquired by Symantec he was Senior Vice President of Symantec Hosted Services. Previously he worked in senior roles at Cable & Wireless, Bovis Lend ease and Sears. We hope to meet him soon and see what he has in mind for Achilles...

IIAPS – the International Institute for Advanced Purchasing and Supply – are running a survey of E-Sourcing Tools for Category Management and Strategic Sourcing.  If you contribute, you’ll get a free copy of the report (which I’m sure will be good, knowing the people involved) and invites to the next IIASP roundtable – a very generous offer, I would say. I hope Professor Cox has booked a large enough venue!  More details on how to participate here.

Wax Digital, Manchester-based eProcurement software providers, have launched “web3 Professional”, a SaaS eProcurement platform that offers mid-sized organisations rapidly deployable, highly intuitive spend control.  The product delivers “enterprise-class eProcurement out-of-the-box and is available in purchase-to-pay or fully integrated source-to-pay variants”.  It is available direct from Wax Digital and through a growing network of finance solution providers such as Sapphire Systems, and it is designed to enable mid-sized firms to get the benefits of eProcurement quickly and easily.

buyingTeam, procurement outsourced providers announced a big win recently. They are taking responsibility for indirect spend in the UK initially under a long-term contract with BG – the global energy provider formally known as British Gas.  The deal may extend internationally during the life of the contract. There have been a few signs that procurement outsourcing is picking up some steam recently, with the Thames Water / Efficio deal, Accenture / City of London, and now this one, which is a significant win for buyingTeam.

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