Afternoon Coffee: A new SolutionMap analysis of VMS software providers; Tesla’s Powerwall batteries to hit Japan’s market

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Today Spend Matters published a “roll-up” view and analysis of software providers currently participating in SolutionMap that offer vendor management system (VMS) solutions, using SolutionMap scoring data to give an up-to-date perspective of the VMS landscape.

This SolutionMap Insider brief (paywall) “examines the current status of VMS and how Spend Matters draws a tentative line around what constitutes a VMS solution today,” writes Andrew Karpie, research director of services and labor procurement at Spend Matters. “It also provides a high-level view of the ‘VMS’ capabilities and an anonymized analysis of corresponding SolutionMap scores. Lastly, it concludes with questions posed to practitioners and providers about the validity of the definition and concept of VMS” presented in the brief.

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