Top 15 of 2015: Spend Matters’ Most Popular Posts of the Year

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Procurement technology provider announcements, M&A murmurings and analysis on major news events dominated readership on Spend Matters throughout 2015. We have rounded up our most popular 15 posts of 2015. Check out below which stories grabbed the most attention this year.

1. Amazon Takes Stage with Oracle, Enters B2B Market – So What?

Perhaps it is not surprising a story about Amazon and Oracle joining forces is our most-read post of the year on Spend Matters. Check out this piece by Pierre Mitchell on this news from the Oracle Value Chain Summit in January and his thoughts on what it meant for Amazon and its move to the B2B e-procurement market.

2. SAP Announces Integration of Fieldglass and SuccessFactors

Just last month, SAP announced the initial integration with vendor management system (VMS) Fieldgrass and the human capital management (HCM) solution SuccessFactors. In this piece, Spend Matters analyst Andrew Karpie talks about what this means for SAP’s move into the staffing and workforce management space.

3. PepsiCo Fires its Marketing Procurement Team, Shifts Work to Brand Managers

PepsiCo made a major announcement in November: It eliminated its global marketing procurement team. In this post, Peter Smith, chief research officer and manager director of Spend Matters UK/Europe, talked about what the news meant to procurement professionals, specifically those in the marketing services area.  

4. Will Ariba and SAP Increasingly Abandon “Upstream” Innovation in 2015?

At the start of the year, Spend Matters Founder and Head of Strategy Jason Busch shared his predictions for SAP and Ariba and wondered if they would commit to innovation in the upstream areas of procurement during 2015. Were his predictions right?

5. Goes Beyond AmazonSupply – Open for Amazon Business

Amazon announced its Amazon Business Marketplace back in April, which marked a “new chapter for Amazon overall in the B2B sector,” Jason Busch wrote. This post examines and analyses the new features and capabilities of the solution.

6. IBM/Emptoris Divests Rivermine, Tangoe Picks Up $10M TEM Business: Vendor and Market Analysis

Solution provider Tango announced it was purchasing Rivermine from IBM in May. The Spend Matters team offered an in-depth analysis of the acquisition and what it hoped would come of the deal.  

7. Procurement Saint: What Would Thomas Stemberg Think About the Staples-Office Depot Merger?

Back before the Federal Trade Commission blocked the Staples and Office Depot merger earlier this month, we wrote our thoughts on what the late Thomas Stemberg, founder of Staples, would have thought of the proposed deal.

8. The Staples-Office Depot Merger: How Should CPOs Respond?

Spend Matters, and specifically Pierre Mitchell, covered the proposed Staples and Office Depot merger in depth. Throughout his coverage, Pierre also offered advice to CPOs on what the merger could mean to them, if it was approved and finalized.

9. Why Bitcoin’s Blockchain Technology Could Revolutionize Supply Chain Transparency

Spend Matters ventured into a new area here, discussing how blockchain technology could change the supply chain and become one of the top technologies. It gained a lot of attention from readers. Check out Jason Busch’s thoughts on what supply chain managers and procurement professionals need to know about the possibly revolutionary supply chain technology.

10. LinkedIn Releases ProFinder Pilot, Quietly Enters Freelance/Independent Workforce Market

LinkedIn entered a new market in October with the release of a pilot of its new offering called ProFinder. Andrew Karpie, our expert in contingent workforce management, shared his high-level analysis of the new solution.  

11. Tim Minahan Leaves SAP (and Ariba) For Citrix – A New Chapter Begins

This was some surprising news from the industry. Jason Busch offered his thoughts on the announcement and shared a bit about Tim Minahan’s background. Spend Matters might not think much of Citrix’s GoTo technology, but Jason did offer Tim a congrats on the move as well.

12. Fighting P2P Words: ‘Coupa is Rehashing Ariba with a Better UI’

This post shares bits of a conversation Jason Busch had with Tradeshift’s Christian Lanng about why Tradeshift is entering the procurement sector. Check out what Lanng had to say.

13. Everything You Thought You Knew About Taulia and Tungsten is Wrong

There is a lot of misinformation out there in the e-invoicing and invoice discounting market. This post, penned by Jason Busch and David Gustin, who leads Trade Financing Matters, tackles some of the myths out there in this area.

14. Procurement Technology Tip: When Ariba/SAP Plays the Executive Card, What Should You Do?

Jason Busch offers advice to procurement practitioners on how to respond when Ariba or SAP “plays the executive-sponsorship card” to gain a few points in the procurement technology selection process. Check out this post to find out how to tackle such a situation.

15. Perfect Commerce Offers to Acquire Hubwoo

There was plenty of M&A news in the procurement technology space during 2015. This proposed deal between Perfect Commerce and Hubwoo, announced in June, seemed to be one of the most popular M&A announcements of all.

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